Prepare For Home Inspection

Once you have an accepted offer on the sale of your home, your buyer will want to inspect the home for items of repair that they will either ask you to fix, or they will need to know about for post closing repair. Follow these helpful tips in preparing for a home buyer’s inspection:


House Exterior

  • Remove soil/mulch from contact with siding.

  • Clean out dirty gutters and any debris from the roof.

  • Check all downspouts, sump pump, condensation and basement entry drains is diverted away from the house.

  • Trim trees, roots and bushes.

  • Paint weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows and doors.

  • Repair any crumbling mortar in brick or block.

  • Caulk all exterior.

House Interior

  • Clean or replace heating and cooling filters, clean dirty air returns and plenum (the space provided for air circulation).

  • Test all smoke detectors to ensure that they are working.

  • Have chimney fireplace or wood stove serviced and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.

  • Replace any burned out light bulbs.

  • Have clear access to attic, crawl spaces, heating system, garage and other areas that will need inspecting.

  • Turn on all utilities for vacant houses.

Basement, Crawl Spaces and Attics

  • Check to ensure that the crawl space is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary.

  • Remove paints, solvents, gas, wood and similar materials from crawl space, basement, attic and porch.

  • Update attic ventilation if none is present.

  • If windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.

Doors and Windows

  • Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked windowpanes.

By completing the above list prior to your buyer’s inspection, you can eliminate items the inspector might call for, and make your buyer more comfortable to accept the home in “as is” condition. You want smooth negotiations to keep the buyer engaged in the transaction.


(paraphrase from How Sellers Can Prepare for a Buyer’s Home Inspection)