Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection

5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection

5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection

Home inspections are a big part of the process when it comes to selling your home. Most homeowners understand that after a ratified contract there will very likely be a home inspection. While there are some cases where there isn’t, the overwhelming majority of the time it’s the first steps after coming to terms with the buyers.


5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection 

When it’s time for the inspection every homeowner wants it to go smoothly and not be a deal killer. That means preparing your home for the inspection.

Follow these 5 tips for a smooth home inspection.

Replace Burned-Out Light Bulbs

If a bulb has burned out between going under contract and the day of the inspection replace it. If the inspector comes across a fixture that isn’t working they’re going to note it and while they may say it could be just a bulb you can avoid the remark altogether if you’ve replaced burned out bulbs. This is by far one of the easiest tasks a seller can do to avoid remarks about faulty lighting.

5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection 

Replace Filters

This is probably the second easiest thing a seller can do to prepare for an inspection. A home inspector is going to check every filter in your home and if they’re dirty they’re going to note it and include it in the report. While you’re at it, make sure they also fit securely, improper size or fit is also something that comes up frequently in reports and is easy to avoid with proper preparation.


Access To All Areas

Have a shed that you keep locked? Be sure to leave it open or leave a key for it to be accessed with the day of the inspection. Have boxes or furniture in front of the electric panel? Move it out of the way. Have a crawl space that’s tricky to locate? Leave instructions. It’s an inspector’s job to examine everything about your home and in order to do that they have to be able to access it.

5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

They’re going to be tested; make sure they’re fully functional prior to the day of the inspection.


Minor Maintenance and Repairs

Homes take constant maintenance and while these really should be done prior to listing your home I see them come up in reports all too often. Cracked caulking around windows and doors, missing shingles, slow draining sinks/tubs, non-functional doors, missing or disconnected downspouts, cracked windows, broker shower diverters, and overgrown trees/shrubs.


In addition to the above items make sure your utilities are on and that you are prepared to be away from your home for a few hours. The time it takes for the inspection will vary by the size and type of home. If you have pets you’ll also need to remove them from the home for the duration of the inspection.

5 Seller Tips For A Smooth Home Inspection 

Being prepared for the home inspection and presenting your home in the best condition possible will decrease your chances of the buyer walking. The more you take care of upfront the less you’ll have to worry about or negotiate on in the future.


The Purpose Of A Home Inspection via Luke Skar with Madison Mortgage


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Comment balloon 15 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • April 19 2019 06:59PM


Good afternoon Amanda - those are all very easy things that should be done.  This is very helpful inormation to sellers.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Hello Amanda - being well-prepared for a home inspection is important for sellers too. Although different than for a buyer, your tips provide good advice for sellers. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 year ago

HI Amanda... so basic and so simple... and yet so many home sellers don't prepare their homes for an inspection and then complain about the "picky inspector who just wants to kill a deal." I always tell my sellers not to give the inspector any reason to appear picky over things they can easily control.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - These are great tips and reminders to help sellers through a home inspection. You actually reminded me to tell my husband to check our filters. Thank you!!!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 1 year ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® you're welcome! I'm laughing as I type because when I wrote this it reminded me to ask Paul to change ours. Too funny!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 1 year ago

The time and energy a client spends to prepare prior to an inspection is generally far less afterwards...not to mention the financial savings.  Great inspection tips!

Posted by Keith McMullin, Port Aransas Real Estate (Port Aransas Realty) about 1 year ago

Preparing Sellers for the Home Inspection without overwhelming them is always a good idea. And once they get started on the easy projects, I'm sure they will be even more enthusiastic to go above and beyond without being told. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 year ago

Important message here Amanda, but more important we want to wish you our warmest congratulations to you and Paul!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 1 year ago

Having a smooth inspection is crucial to selling a home, these are great tips!  Congrats on your marriage, I hope that it will always be a happy one for you!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 year ago

Hello Amanda,  Great information and so true.  Hope you have a great day and get lots of real estate going.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 1 year ago

Amanda, great advice and indeed these pointers should help, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 year ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 thank you so much! Your well wishes and kind words mean a lot to both of us. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 1 year ago

Brian England it sure is and for some reason this year I've seen more fallout over home inspections than ever before. Thank you!! Your support is appreciated, I'm grateful for your friendship. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) about 1 year ago

This is excellent advice to share with home sellers.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Good tips for inspections, and good reminder about the pets too. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 1 year ago