Feb 7, 2017

Preparing Your Home For Inspection

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Ensuring your home is ready to sell requires a home inspection. This professional inspection will document the overall condition of your property to see that the major systems are installed and working properly, and that the foundation of the home is safe. If you, as the seller, know what to look for, you can properly prepare for the buyer’s inspection process begins. This will save you time, money and potential stress.

Walk through the home and carefully inspect it, so you can make necessary repairs prior to the professional inspection. You may also want to read more about the process in Home Inspection 101.

Heating & Cooling Systems

If you area already aware of issues with your heating and air conditioning systems, schedule an appointment with a reliable, trusted home services company like portal.fixdrepair.com.

  • Clean debris from the exterior compressor of your air conditioning unit
  • Turn ON the pilot light if you have gas-fired appliances
  • Change or clean your furnace filter.


  • Check every light switch and make sure it’s functional.
  • Replace burned out lights.


  • Ensure the water heater pilot light is ON
  • Repair leaks in crawl spaces
  • Inspect your water heater for damage or leaks. Repair or replace them if needed.


  • Allow for 4-6 inches of clearance beneath the siding of the house. Clear away any landscaping or dirt that is too close.
  • Stored items like firewood should be moved as far from the home as reasonably possible.
  • Cut away plant growth at least 10 inches from the home.
  • Check the caulking around doors and windows and repair if needed.
  • Inspect doors, door knobs and locks. Make sure they properly work.
  • Repair or replace damaged weather stripping
  • Repair damaged siding and trim if needed

Interior & Attic

  • Check all fan ducts are connected securely and venting outside
  • Ensure smoke detectors are in the proper places and functioning. If not, use these DIY tips for repairing your smoke detectors before replacing.
  • Interior doors and windows should open and close properly

Roof & Gutters

Kitchen, Bathrooms & Utility

  • Repair any leaks under sinks
  • Check for floor damage around sinks, bathtubs and showers
  • Ensure all light fixtures and fans are properly working
  • Inspect appliances and schedule home service repairs if needed


  • Ensure the garage door opens and closes safely
  • Check weather stripping and seals on the door
  • If maintenance or repairs are required, follow these simple tips

Crawl Spaces

  • Remove all debris including wood, cardboard, floor insulation and concrete excess
  • Ensure heat ducts are connected and reconnect if necessary
  • Repair damaged foundation vent screens
  • Fully cover the entire crawl space with 6 mil black plastic

After you’ve completed this checklist, the last thing you will need to do is be sure that the home inspector has complete access to your home. This includes gates, the attic, crawl spaces, all living areas and electrical panels.

Being prepared will allow you to be part of the process, and ensure your home is in the proper condition before selling. Make the home inspection a painless procedure by giving the home a pre-inspection of your own.