How to Prepare Your Home for an Inspection

by Marsha Charles 10/31/2022

Preparing your home for sale is a complicated process. Home inspections are a key part of that process, and many buyers and sellers aren't sure what to expect. As a seller, it can be your best chance to negotiate pricing and terms with your potential buyer as well as identify any major issues that could be deal-breakers. Here's what sellers can expect from a home inspection:

What Will the Home Inspector Look For?

A home inspector will carefully evaluate the condition of your home's features. This includes major systems like heating, air conditioning, electrical and interior plumbing. They'll also examine the roof, walls (inside and out), ceilings, floors, doors and windows. Basements and attics are also on the list, as are major structural components like beams, pillars and the foundation.

There are also special home inspections for specific things like mold, termite damage and detailed foundation reports. These extra inspection reports can be optional, but be prepared for a buyer to request them.

How Can I Prepare for a Home Inspection?

The best way to get a complete and detailed report is to make the home inspector's job as simple and efficient as possible. Here are some things to consider doing to prepare:

  • Provide clearly-labeled keys for things like basement storage and electrical panels.
  • Turn on the pilot lights for fireplaces and furnaces to make it easier to check the heating components.
  • Remove or tidy anything that could prevent access to the basement, attic or other parts of the house. This includes providing easy access to appliances that are usually hidden away, like water heaters, HVAC units and furnaces.
  • Keep the yard neat for the inspector to access crawl spaces, drainage points and examine the foundation. You don't need to completely redo your landscaping, but cleaing the area of debris will help the inspector do their job.

Use the inspection report as an opportunity to improve your chances of selling your property and getting the best price possible.

About the Author
Author

Marsha Charles

Consistent top listing and selling agent receiving Chairman's Club award for superior sales achievement almost every year while associated with Preferred Properties, Inc. Consistently receive the International Presidents Premier award for sales volume since joining Coldwell Banker Realty and ranked in the top 1% of agents in Connecticut and Westchester County. In 2021 I received the International Society of Excellence award for sales volume in excess of $100,000,000. I have been named a Top Five Sales Agent for customer satisfaction since 2010 (longer than any other agent in Connecticut) and listed in Connecticut Magazine. Named one of the Top Agents in Connecticut by Real Trends since 2018. 

I work with sellers and buyers and also have a strong understanding to needs of those who are relocating . Background and experience in advertising, public relations and photography offer creative and innovative marketing plans for sellers.  

Realtor designations include: Graduate Real Estate Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Residential Marketing Specialist, and Pricing Strategy Advisor. Served as President of New Canaan Board of Realtors (two terms), Director (three terms) and currently serve on Professional Standards Committee. Named Realtor of the year by the New Canaan Board of Realtors. 

Married and mother of other of four children who attended and graduated from the New Canaan School System, Member of New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich and Statewide MLS systems. Areas covered include New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich, Rowayton, Norwalk, Wilton and all of lower Fairfield County.