How to Prepare For a Home Inspection

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Real Estate

When selling Real Estate, a home inspection is typically done within the first couple of weeks after an offer has been submitted by the buyer and accepted by the seller.

The Real Estate lingo used is called a “home inspection contingency.” In a Real Estate transaction, the home inspection is one of the biggest hurdles a home seller faces to have a successful sale.

Steps on How to Prepare For a Home Inspection


Home sale preparation is one of the keys to selling Real Estate today anyway, so getting your home ready for the inspection only makes sense.

One suggestion to make the home inspection go more smoothly is to make it easier for the home inspector to do his job.  A couple of simple things you can do are to make sure the inspector can access the attic, the entire basement and any crawl spaces. It is a good idea to allow easy access to these areas so the home inspection process can proceed smoothly. The inspector is certainly going to appreciate not having to create clear access by moving your things.

Often, I have been at inspections where the attic hatch is located in a closet and is blocked by clothes or other personal items. In a basement, you will want to ensure the inspector can see everything and move around near all the exterior walls.

A clear path around all the mechanical items, including the furnace, water heater, and electrical panel, will be necessities as well. These are easy and simple tips you can do to get ready for a home inspection.

Below you will find some of the best home inspection remedies before listing your home for sale.


Be prepared for the home inspector to look for the following on the exterior of the home:

-They will look for proper grading to ensure water does not easily get into the home.
-They will look for visual damage to the driveway, such as cracking or damaged pavement.
-Inspectors will check the entire home for wood rot most commonly found at window sills and trim boards.
-They will check the structural integrity of the deck.
-They will look for structural cracks in the foundation.
-Checking the connections of electrical wiring coming into the home is commonplace.
-Looking at the roof, including the shingles and signs of problems with the sheathing, is something all inspectors will do.
-The inspection of the inside of the home will also be thorough. Plan for the inspector to check the following in the interior of your home:

-Signs of any water penetration into the building.
-Inspectors will check for structural defects such as the sills, foundation, supports, etc.
-They will check all the major systems including the plumbing, heating, electrical panels, electrical outlets and HVAC systems.
-Weather permitting depending on the season an inspector will check the air conditioner to ensure it is running efficiently.
-Professional inspectors will check the inside and outside of any chimneys and fireplace.
-They’ll be checking for signs of any insects or rodents such as termites, ants, mice, and others.
-They will check for any defects in the floors, such as cracking, shifting of bows.
-Inspectors will also check the windows for mechanical function as well as the failure of seals.
-They will do a visual inspection of any major repairs that have been made.
Lastly, they will check for any other kinds of disrepair and minor defects.