Prepare your listing for the Inspection

Home Inspector with Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. 00001

Hi all,

I would like to share with the Realtors out there a list that I have compiled over the years of common deficiencies found during the Home Inspection.

These items are reported on probably 60% or more and are very easy to repair or replace before listing.

Top Ten Items that most frequently arise during an Inspection

1. GFCI outlet receptacles are missing at kitchen, bathroom and exterior locations

2. Absence of working smoke detectors.

3.Attic space not properly insulated and or vented.

4. Plumbing leaks and loose toilets.

5. Water heater pressure relief valve missing an extension pipe.

6. Furnace or boiler not in good working order or has not been serviced.

7. Decks are not properly flashed to the building causing moisture damage.

8. Decks are not properly fastened to the building.

9. Missing or nonconforming handrails at interior and deck locations.

10. Roof material in poor condition

I have given this list to new Realtors at new member orientations and they love it.

one Realtor even called me and said that she gave this list to her seller and they had 5 of the 10

items corrected in their home and sold their home with a smooth transaction.

I hope that you find this list useful.


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Hi all,

I have spent the past 15 years inspecting homes. Recently I decided to take the top 10 most common deficiencies and compile a list for listing agents. Why not have the house inspected by a licenced professional prior to listing it. You may find that the home will sell quicker without negotiating down and you also may find that the buyers will perhaps even waive the inspection on the P & S agreement. If you would like a copy of my list send me an email to Have a great afternoon!

Comments (11)

Jan DeGiorgio
CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty - Mountain Home, ID
Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate

One that I see a lot is missing knock outs in the electrical service panel which exposes the bus to small, prying fingers.

Also, the use of extension cords for permanent wiring (often seen with garage door openers).

Then there's the non-reversing garage door openers or those with non-operating sensors. 


Apr 12, 2007 09:32 AM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector

Hi Jan,

you are right, I see those alot also.

The top 10 that I have listed are based on %

Roof shingles in poor condition is another.

Given that most buyers are nervous with the whole transaction I have seen that just correcting

the obvious before listing makes for a much smoother transaction.


Apr 13, 2007 12:05 AM
Scott Mosher
Northstar Realty Sales - Lincoln, NH
Loon Mountain Real Estate, Lincoln & Woodstock NH

Carla -

From one NH Industry Professional to another, you're absolutely right ... this Realtor would certainly have LOVED to have been given this list at a past orientation. Of course, I didn't even realize you were a member here w/AR until your recent e-mail (much thanks by the way!). I'll be at my 1st meeting w/the LRBR next month at the C-Man in Plymouth ... will I see you there?

By the way, I'm not "new", but was placed w/the GMNBR (WAY out of my way) w/my 1st office. Decided to transfer my membership to the NCBR, thinking it was my nearest, before finally finding the LRBR (thanks to my current office affiliation). Regardless...

Hope to see you in May?!?


Apr 28, 2007 07:41 AM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector

Hi Scott,

I will be at the meeting, I am actually greeting members at the check in table

and will be presenting the Affiliate minute.

see you there!


Apr 29, 2007 01:00 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Carla...I love that list. Scott is right that would be great to hand out at orientation.
May 01, 2007 10:02 AM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector


I give that list out when I am teaching at the Lakes Region new member orientation

and they really like it.




May 02, 2007 03:48 AM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector


I am presenting an Affiliate minute at this months LRBR meeting, should I use

this list?

I would like some imput on ideas for a Home Inspector related affiliate minute

what types of things would any of you be interested in relative to the inspection?

thanks for any thoughts


May 02, 2007 04:00 AM
Erica Wallace
the Wallace Consulting Group - Boston, MA
Hi Carla, Thanks for this posting of common inspection items. I think we could all make a list a mile long - but this is a great"Top Ten" List - to get sellers in the right mindset of preparing your home pre-inspection. Also, I am so incredibly jealous that you live year round in Meredith. I try to go up to the Lakes Region, as often as possible. It's my favorite place in the world. 
Aug 11, 2007 08:37 AM
Carla Horne
Grand View Home Inspections, LLC. - Meredith, NH
NH licensed Home Inspector

Hi Erica,

this list is actually real stats based on occurance over the last several years of docs.

thanks for your kind remarks and I will see you for lunch in Meredith someday.

thanks for responding


Aug 12, 2007 01:07 PM
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- - Bogota, TN

Thanks for you for taking the time to comment on this subject in the Active Rain network.  AR is the new "cyber backbone" of the industry, and with it's uplink to it is transforming the real estate marketplace. Agents who don't see which way the cyberwind is blowing are going to find themselves at a considerable disadvantage inside of three to five years.

Jul 26, 2008 01:51 AM