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Selling? Improve the results of the inspection with these suggestions.

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Sellers can improve the speed amd results of their home inspection by following these simple suggestions.

  • Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  • Roof leak or plumbing clogged? Repair it and save the receipt.
  • Ensure pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside.
  • Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a "Light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  • Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  • Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as "conducive conditions" for termites.
  • Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
  • Unlock areas the inspector must access - attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
  • Trim tree limbs to 10' from the roof and shrubs 12" from the house to allow access.
  • Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property.

Old material, but still very true for todays market place.


Valerie Spaulding
Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA - Belfair, WA
Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise!

yes it is important! Sometimes because we do inspections so often we forget and assume that everything is on... We had a home inspection recently on a listing of ours and all went well; Buyers signed off - we all moved on to the next step - septic pumping -the seller did not realize what was involved (and I fault myself for not telling him or at least checking once again to make sure he left the water on ) and in his diligence to make sure the house was secure and tight and ready to go for when the buyer moved in (it was  vacant) he had shut the water off at the main valve (who'd have thought?). Needles to say - septic pumpers showed up and there was no water available to test the drainfield. No cell phone signal where the house was so by the time I found out and finally spoke with the seller it was too late for me to run out there and turn it back on. SO oooo they had to come back again. Fortunately, being a small community the septic pumpers had to go that way the next day and didn't charge for coming back and all was well....  

Oct 13, 2008 08:26 AM
Angela Lawrence
Noble Merit, REALTORS® - Winston-Salem, NC

Nice list. Thanks for the tips.

Oct 13, 2008 08:27 AM
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

Thanks for the list Matt.  I have had more than one inspection happen where there was no oil in the oil tank and the inspector tells that he can not inspect the heating system or see if the hot water works because of this.  I know better now to tell the sellers to make sure there is  oil in the oil tank before an inspection takes place.

Oct 13, 2008 08:41 AM
Michael Merino
Merino's Home Inspection & Education Inc. - Oak Forest, IL
Orland Park Ill Home Inspector

Matt, you are so right. Many times we can't complete the inspection beause of the simple things. I have placed the checklist on my brochure and will soon have it on my website. Hopefully this will make it easier in the future. Good post.

Oct 13, 2008 08:43 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Your first and third points are really problematic out here, and probably everywhere, with all the vacant foreclosures that are on the market. I've gotten to the point that I carry a selection of light bulbs around with me. And the banks have all the utilities turned off so that they don't have to continue to pay them. It can get really frustrating for everyone trying to help someone buy that bank-owned property and take it off their non-performing real estate ledger.

Oct 24, 2008 05:56 AM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Matt.

I see this is your first, last, and only post. Hope all is well with you and yours, and that you'll come back to Play in the Rain with us.

Feb 15, 2009 06:49 AM