Prepare Your Home For an Inspection

The next step in the process is your home inspection. Chances are that a satisfactory report is the last major hurdle toward sale

Completing repairs before the buyer’s home inspection helps ensure that escrow progresses more smoothly. If you have a pre-listing inspection, some, but not all, of these concerns might show up in that inspection report. A pre-listing inspection usually is shorter than a standard buyer’s inspection simply because descriptions of the house you’ve been living in are not necessary, and noting things like a hole in a screen window, or a small crack in a window corner, or a loose door hinge are not major items, all things considered, but collectively they can cause a prospective buyer to say, “No, thanks. Too many problems”

A home inspection is not a test that you need to study for. But there are some things you can do before a home inspection to make the process go more smoothly.


  • Make sure all the dirt and landscaping material is away from the siding of the house.  There should be 4-6 inches of clearance beneath the siding of the house.
  • Check the siding and trim for any damages and repair as needed.
  • Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.
  • Make sure all exterior doors and door knobs/deadbolts are operating properly. 


  • Clean all moss and debris off the roof.    A broom works best. 
  • Repair any damaged or missing roofing.  Avoid using mastic or caulking  as it is considered a temporary repair only and may be called out by the inspector.
  • Clean out gutters and repair any damages to the gutters such as rust through or sagging.
  • Make sure all downspouts are properly diverted away from the house.


  • Check for leaks under the sinks and around the faucets, repairing as needed
  • Check to be sure all fixtures, fans and appliances are working properly


  • Look for possible floor damage around toilets and adjacent to tubs and showers.  If found, damages may need further evaluation by a contractor.
  • Make sure that all grout and caulking is in good repair.  This includes tub and shower surrounds along the floor in front of tubs and showers


  • Check interior doors and windows to make sure they are operating properly.
  • Make sure smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detector(s) are in place and functional.


  • Check your water heater for any leaking or damage.  
  • If missing, install proper rated earthquake strapping to water heater.
  • Make sure the water heater pilot light is on.
  • Ensure access to the water heater is available 


  • Inspect your furnace filter: change, or clean, if dirty.
  • Make sure all debris is cleaned away from the exterior compressor.
  • Gas-fired appliance, which utilizes a pilot light, such as a gas log fireplace or older furnace, make sure the pilot light is on.  



  • We love all of your fur babies, during the inspection we carry sharp objects and dont want them to hurt themselves by hugging us. Please make sure all animals are secured while we are on property. 
  • Make sure all utilities are on.
  • Remove any locks on outside gates, which prevent full access to the exterior.