10 Home Inspection Tips for Sellers Prior to the Inspection

Home sellers can speed up the home inspection process by preparing their property ahead of time using the following tips. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to potentially delay closing.

  1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights).
  2. Make sure your pets won’t hinder the home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.
  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a “light is inoperable” report comment that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.
  6. Remove debris and wood from the foundation area. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heater, the garage and the attic access area.
  8. Unlock areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, the electrical panel, the door to mechanical rooms or closets, and any exterior gates.
  9. Trim tree limbs so that they are at least a few feet away from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior.
  10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, hinges, locks, latches, window panes, screens, gutters, or chimney caps.

Checking these kinds of things before your home inspection is a worthwhile investment in time and money when selling your property.

As always, please feel free to call us at 602-803-6425 to discuss your situation. We’re here to help!

Courtesy of Advantage Inspection Service