How to Get a Home Ready for the Home Inspector

Reblogger Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

When your home is for sale, the new buyer may request a home inspection before the sale can be finalized. It's smart to prepare for the inspection by following these tips and eliminate any issue that may raise a red flag.

Get your home ready to pass inspection by repairing anything that might need attention, like a drippy faucet, a stained ceiling, or even burned out light bulbs.

If you have questions about preparing your Central MS home for sale, you can reach out to me at 601-278-4513 or email


Original content by Debbie Reynolds 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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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Pat,  You came up with a excellent reblog for all of us that missed it the first time around.


Jul 12, 2018 09:59 AM #1
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Pat! A great one to re-blog and one that certainly applies to sellers far & wide.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jul 14, 2018 08:10 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Pat, Thanks so much for reblogging my post. I hope your readers find it useful.

Jul 14, 2018 03:09 PM #3
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Wow - not something I've ever really thought about, but a really important tip!

Jul 18, 2018 07:40 AM #4
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Will Hamm - It's important to get the home ready for inspections. It eliminates problems during the selling process.

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS. You and Debbie Reynolds provide excellent articles for us to share!

Jul 18, 2018 08:03 AM #5
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - So great to hear from you. I advise my sellers to take care of these issues so the home inspector doesn't write up 100 different items. If you know something doesn't work, let's fix it!

Jul 18, 2018 08:04 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat, I saw this post and indeed it is a great one to reblog, Endre

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