Seller's Checklist

Preparing your home for inspection is crucial to ensuring the process goes smoothly and does not cause unnecessary delays or concerns.

Here’s a list of concerns to address to ensure your property is prepared:

  • Clean!

    • Make sure critical areas (e.g., utility room, mechanical systems, attic and crawl space access, kitchen, under sinks) are free from clutter and easy to navigate.
  • Exterior Maintenance:

    • Clean gutters and clear tree limbs from the roof.
    • Remove soil or mulch that touches the siding. A clearance of six inches or more is ideal to prevent moisture damage.
    • Trim vegetation away from the house and mechanical equipment to prevent damage to the structure and to allow for adequate air circulation.
    • Ensure water is directed away from the house through proper grading and functional downspouts (directing water at least 5’ away from the structure).
    • Paint exposed wood to protect against weathering, and caulk gaps around windows and doors using.
  • Interior Maintenance:

    • Test all switches and make sure lighting is functional. Replace light-bulbs as needed.
    • Check that all doors open, close, lock, and seal correctly.
    • Ensure garage doors function as expected (both manually and with controls).
    • Keep the basement and crawl spaces dry and well-ventilated.
    • Verify that plumbing fixtures are in good working order and fix any leaks or slow drains.
    • Ensure all doors and windows operate correctly and repair any broken glass.
    • Check sump pumps with accessible floats for operation.
    • Ensure breakers or fuses are accurately labeled.
  • Safety Compliance:

    • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors for functionality.
    • Have a professional clean your chimneys, fireplaces, or wood stoves and provide documentation of such maintenance.
    • Have professionals repair masonry, stucco/EIFS, and chimney caps when they are in poor condition.
    • Ensure receptacles in areas prone to moisture are GFCI-protected and test existing GFCI receptacles using the manufacturer’s test button.

This list is for reference only, is not exhaustive, and meant to provide general guidance in preparation of an inspection. We recommend that you consult with professionals for any repairs.

Consult our standards of practice to better understand the scope of our inspections.