33 Ways to Ace A Home Inspection

June 28, 2022

One of the most common reasons a real estate deal falls through is because of a failed home inspection. As a listing agent, this is a mistake that you can help your client’s avoid through preparation. Here’s a list of items you should encourage your client’s to tend to in order to ace their home inspection:


1: Make sure all utilities are turned on.

— This includes water, electricity, furnace, A/C and the water heater. You may want to also replace the air filter as they impact the efficiency of the overall HVAC system.

2: If there is a gas fireplace, make sure the pilot light is on.

— If the pilot lights are not lit, then important items such as the water heater, gas stove or furnace will not be inspected.

3: Check to ensure that all appliances are working properly.

— Clean out oven and stove top so they can be tested without setting off the smoke alarm.

4: Put light bulbs in all sockets and replace burned out light bulbs.

— Any flickering light fixtures can be possible signs of a problem for an electrician to investigate.

5: Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace dead batteries.

6: Make sure all electrical outlets are working.

7: Fix any leaky faucets and any clogs in the sink drains.

8: Test the air quality for mold and asbestos.

9: Check to make sure that all toilets flush properly.

10: Make sure that all grout and caulking in kitchen and bathrooms is in good repair.

11: Fix doors that don’t close or latch properly.

12: Inspect for termites, insects and rodents.

13: Check to make sure that windows open and close properly.

14: Have remote controls available for ceiling fans, lights etc.


15: Clean out the gutters and repair any damages.

16: Check siding and trim and repair any damage as needed.

17: Repair any missing caulking around doors, windows and over nail heads.

18: Repair any damaged or missing roofing.

19: Make sure the garage door is operating properly.

20: If there is a septic tank or well in the yard, leave a sketch with its location so the inspector can find it.

Day of Inspection:

21: Clean the house.

— If an inspector walks into a messy home, it may make them think the owners don’t take care of the house.

22: Be prepared early for the inspection.

— You don’t want to still be prepping when the inspector is at your door.

23: Provide a workspace around furnace and water heaters.

— An inspector will often not move anything themselves and, if they don’t have access, will be unable to conduct the inspection.

24: Leave keys for outbuildings and electrical boxes.

— This includes the controls for the garage door, keys to the sprinkler system and electrical box as well as any exterior buildings on the premises.

25: Clear away brush and snow from exterior inspection areas.

— If there is snow, shovel a path around the house. In the summer, clear away overgrown branches and bushes.

26: Provide repair documents.

— Give the inspector access to documents pertaining to remodeling projects or new items such as a roof, furnace, electrical system or appliance.

27: Consider coming to the inspection.

— The sellers typically don’t come to the inspection, but it is good for you to be there as their advocate.

28: Provide access to attic and garage.

29: Remove any locks on outside gates which prevent full access to the exterior.

Other things to keep in mind

30: Don’t try to conceal defects.

— Buyers might begin to wonder what else the owners are hiding.

31: If a home inspector finds an issue, they might recommend hiring a specialist.

— General home inspectors can spot issues during an inspection, but may be unqualified to diagnose the problem.

32: Buyers can conduct numerous specialized inspections before closing on a home. For example, if the home has a chimney, the buyer might hire a chimney inspector. If the electrical box is old, the buyer might hire an electrician to evaluate it. Other types of inspectors include:

— A pest inspector for termites, bugs and rodents.

— An HVAC specialist for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

— A lead abatement contractor to inspect for lead-based paint.

— An appraiser to measure square footage.

— A surveyor to measure for encroachments, boundaries and size of the lot.

— A foundation engineer to evaluate the foundation.

— A roof inspector to evaluate the roof.

— A sewer inspector to check the connection to the sewer system.

— An arborist to determine the health of the trees on the property.

— A plumber to evaluate the pipes.

— A mitigation contractor to test for radon or methane gas.

33: Don’t let your client’s give in to unreasonable requests by the buyer. — There are several types of home inspection repairs that a seller should not make, including: Cosmetic issues, Cheap fixes, Renovations the buyer is planning

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