How to Get a Home Ready for the Home Inspector

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Doug Anderson DRE# 01790856

Most sellers think that their home is in perfect condition but I beg to differ. There is so much you can do PRIOR to have the Inspector there , he or she, writing you up for something that could have been easily avoided. 

So follow these easy tips to make it go smoothly, you'll be glad you did!

Original content by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties TN Broker: 208698

The Home Inspector is Coming, What Do I Do?

Preparhome inspectionsation will help eliminate problems with the home inspector and take items off the list that really shouldn't be there. Start with this dirty dozen on the preparation list. 

  1. All utilities need to be on even the ones that you don't use out of season. Inspectors don't like having to go to breaker boxes and meter boxes to turn them on.
  2. Remove the pets during the inspection time. The inspection will go faster and your pets will not get in the way. 
  3. Check all lighting to make sure bulbs are in place and working. It is a common occurrence for an inspector to note that a light doesn't function when all it is could be a is burned out or loose bulb. 
  4. If you know about something that needs repair or replacement, do it before the inspector comes. He is sure to see it and may wonder what else has been neglected.
  5. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are target and safety items that get a close look from the home inspector. Make sure you have them in place, up to date batteries and they are working.
  6. The inspector will look around and under the house. Make sure he can get there. The attic and roof are also on the inspection list. If you have a full garage or basement, clear a path to the breaker box so it can be checked.
  7. Clean your furnace or install a fresh filter in your HVAC unit. A dirty one will most likely require that the whole unit be inspected and cleaned.
  8. Tree limbs rubbing against the house or roof be be ticketed items. The inspector doesn't like these and may call for further inspections of the roof that appear worn by the branches. 
  9. Make sure all systems can be evaluated by the inspector.  This includes the furnaces, air conditioners, water purifiers, softeners and plumbing systems. 
  10. Appliances that stay with the home will be tested and run.  Insure that the dishwasher is empty. Hes will be run it through a cycle.  He will check the elements in your oven and all burners on the stove. 
  11. The water heater will be checked to see if it is producing water sufficiently hot. Have you noticed if it is hot enough? Get is fixed if it's not.
  12. It's pool season so open the pool, have it sparkling clean and in good working order.
  13. Clean your home before the inspector comes. impressions matter and it will give you a leg up.

These tips will help you prepare for the home inspector's visit. The fewer issues on the list, the better chance the sale will go through.

For more information on how to sell your Clarksville home, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.


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 Eva B. Liland


Serving Antelope Valley & Ventura County since 2002





Comments (7)

Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good Day 

Thank you for sharing your information with us

Have a great day.

May 13, 2018 09:18 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Thanks for the reblog, Eva. Happy Mothers Day.

May 13, 2018 09:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Eva, what a great post to re-blog, then again most of our friends Debbie Reynolds  posts are reblog worthy, Endre

May 13, 2018 11:11 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great choice of blog to share, Eva.

I agree....even when they think they have prepared, most sellers haven't scratched the surface of what actually should be done.

Jun 14, 2018 06:08 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Again, I appreciate the reblog, Eva. Have a good evening.

Jun 14, 2018 05:25 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

In my opinion, the best thing to do is to have a pre-inspection BEFORE it goes on the market but only a few sees the value in doing that.

Jun 14, 2018 06:03 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

This is an excellent checklist of things to do to get ready for the home inspector.

Jul 11, 2018 08:19 PM