Preparing your home before a home inspection is something that is very important but often forgotten. Yes, we are all very busy - but when you are selling your home you should follow these steps to have a successful home inspection. Whether it's a new build or a 100 year old home. Let's face it, there will be aspects to the home that will be included in a home inspection report.

Here are some helpful tips that can make the home inspection more successful for you. The less get's noted in the inspection report the more likely the house will sell!

If you complete repairs that you know are necessary it will help to ensure that selling process goes more smoothly. If you choose to do a pre-listing home inspection it is higly likely these concerns would also show up in the final inspection report.

A pre-listing inspection is usually a shorter version of the standard buyer's inspection because certain descriptions are just not necessary and minor issues may be omitted. However, collectively the pre-inspection report will give you clear insight into what needs fixed, what can be done to the eventual inspection report. You don't want the buyer to get a final inspection report where every aspect of the home will be marked as an issue with 'repair/replace' on every item in the report.

That will turn away many buyers. So do the things you can before you sell your home, or do the work while you are selling your home. No home is ever in perfect condition or finished, just go with the flow and do a little here and there.

We can tell you ---- it makes a big difference!!!

Examples that have been discovered

Cracked electrical outlet cover
Replace any cracked electrical outlets.

Missing electrical cover plate
Make sure all cover plates are installed.

Remove all clutter from under shink
Remove all clutter from under sink.

Remove all mold from closets
Remove all mold from any area.

Overloaded and burnt power strip
Make sure there are no hazardous power strips.

Clogged dryer vent
Dryer vents should not be clogged.

clogged rain gutter
Make sure gutters are not clogged.

roof with debris and leaves
Clean all debris off roof.
Things to do or have done prior to an inspection:

  1. Make sure all lanscaping material is away from the home. There should be 10-12 inch clearance.
  2. Stored firewood should be moved away from the house as far as possible. Wood destroying organisms like termites love firewood. You don't want to invite them in, do you?
  3. Check the siding and trim for any damages and repair as needed.
  4. Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.
  5. Make sure all exterior doors work, lock properly and repair any weatherstripping.
  6. Make sure all railings and handrails are in good condition. i.e no loose porch railings or missing handrails.
  7. Check all outdoor vent openings, i.e. dryer vent and that the are properly working and not clogged.

  1. Of course make sure safety is number one and don't endanger yourself. You may fall or get seriously hurt.
  2. Clean any debris like branches, moss off roof. Make sure no branches are hanging over roof structure.
  3. Repair any damaged or missing roofing. Caulking is often considered a temporary fix and will probably be noted in report.
  4. Clean out all the rain gutters and fix any sagging or leaking gutters.
  5. Make sure that all downspouts are fully attached and have proper drainage away from your home.

  1. Make sure the garage door opener works properly, i.e. reverses against pressure and sensors trip properly. Make sure remote works.
  2. Make sure that the door from an attached garage to the living space, usually the kitchen works properly, i.e. the weatherseal seals well and the door closes by itself.
  3. Make sure that all electrical outlets in garage are GFCI type and working properly.

  1. Check all doors and windows and fix any non working aspects.
  2. Make sure all smoke detectors are present and working properly. You should have a smoke detector in each bedroom and in any room that has a fireplace. We strongly encourage the installation of carbon monoxide monitors.
  3. Make sure that the attic is not overcrowded and that all fan ducts are properly connected and venting to the outside.
  4. Fix any big holes in walls or ceilings.
  5. Reattach any loose steps and make sure that there are handrails where required.

  1. Don't overload powerstrips or wall sockets by attaching too many electrical items to one outlet.
  2. Replace or fix any broken or missing electrical outlet covers or switches.
  3. Make sure the electrical panel cover is properly installed, labelled and closed.
  4. Fix any open junction boxes you can find and properly attack wires to rafters, walls, etc.
  5. Make sure all light switches are functional and any burned out lights are replaced
  6. Fix any non working fixtures like ceiling fans, lights, fans, etc.

  1. Fix any broken sinks, leaking plumbing or non working fixtures.
  2. Check your water heater for any leaking or damage.
  3. Make sure water heater is on and working.
  4. Fix any leaking faucets or plumbing under sinks in bathroom or kitchen.
  5. Repair any leaking plumbing found in basement or crawlspace.
  6. Make sure the sump pump is working properly.
  7. Make sure all sinks and showers / bathtubs are working and draining properly.
  8. Check and repair and non working toilets.
  9. Make sure toilets are properly and securely fastened to the floor and don't leak.

  1. Change your furnace filter
  2. Make sure all debris is cleaned away from the exterior air conditioning compressor.
  3. Make sure that all ductwork is hooked up and any open ends are closed off unless used for heating/cooling purposes.
  4. Make sure all storage items are moved away and have proper clearance from any potential heat source like furnaces, water heaters, baseboard heaters, fireplaces, etc.

  1. Makes sure to remove any wood, concrete, form wood and cardboard debris.
  2. Make sure there is a proper vapor barrier installed in the crawlspace. Only use 6 mil black plastic if you are working on it or adding to it.
  3. Make sure there is no fallen or hanging floor insulation. Reattach or replace.
  4. Make sure crawlspace in fully accessible.