Sellers Pre-Inspection Checklist

This pre-inspection information is intended as an informational tool only.  It is commonly said you negotiate twice on your home.  Once on price when the Offer to Purchase is presented, and secondly, when the inspection is completed and the request for repairs is received.  Many things can be done to prepare for an inspection or even more proactively prior to your home being listed.  Obtaining a home inspection, yourself is the most proactive step you can take.  In our experience, the home, which has few repairs, gets to the closing table much faster and with less stress.  If you choose not to do a home inspection, please take a moment to kook over the list of items below.  In our experience, these are items commonly seen on inspection reports.

NOTE:  Please contact Old Republic Protection Company, Inc. at 800-445-6999 if you purchased a policy at the time of listing.  You may have a repair that is covered.


  •       Make sure all windows are open and are functioning properly.  Look for broken thermal seals.
  •       Check all doors.  Do they open easily?  Do they stick or rub?
  •       Check all faucets for leaks and make sure the hot and cold are respectively correct.  (Hot on the left and cold on the right.)
  •       Do you have active leaks or evidenced of previous leaks on ceilings?  If there is evidence of a previous leak, be prepared to explain the leak.  (i.e. why leak was there and when it was fixed.)
  •       Check all electrical outlets for operation.  This includes outlets, which are outside as well.
  •       Check all lights for operation.  Replace any light bulbs, which are burned out. Make sure all ceiling fans operate properly.
  •       Check toilets for leaks, continued running after toilet is flushed, and make sure toilet is secured to the floor and not loose.
  •       If you have a gas fireplace, make sure the gas is on so the inspector can check the operation of the fireplace.  If you have a wood-burning fireplace, any information pertaining to previous inspections or when the chimney was last cleaned is helpful.
  •       Check appliances such as the dishwasher.  Is it making any loud noises or grinding sounds when in operation?  The inspector will run a cycle through the dishwasher.  Also, check the garbage disposal and oven.
  •       If you have a washer-pan in your laundry room, look for any cracks.
  •       Test you interior banister and railings to be sure all are secure with nothing loose.  This can be a safety issue particularly for small children.


  •       Does your garage door operate properly?  If you have a garage door opener make sure it functions properly by using the garage door openers and the opener mechanism on the wall.  Are the mounting brackets secure in the ceilings, which means, have you noticed any movement in the mounted unit when in operation.  Also, does the reverse mechanism on the garage door work when challenged?
  •       Look for any leaks or dripping at the water heater.


  •       Have the gutters cleaned if full of debris.
  •       Do you notice any roof shingles, which are curling or missing?  Any past evidence of a leak or patch?  Be prepared to explain.
  •       Do the fascia boards or siding look to be in good shape?  Are they in need of painting or repair?
  •       Do you notice any water pooling next to the house or around the HVAC unit?  Have a professional review the source of water.
  •       Does the deck have any loose boards or railings?
  •       Review outside window trim for any wood rot.
  •       Is your dryer vent cleaned and secure?


  •       Does your crawl space look dry?  If you see evidence of moisture, contact a professional to determine the source of the moisture.
  •       Do you have a vapor barrier on your crawl space floor?  A vapor barrier is plastic which lies on the bottom of the crawl space floor and covers usually about 70 to 80% of the dirt.
  •       Do you see any fungi or mold (dark spots or what looks like speckles) on the joist?  Call a professional for advice or to determine the type of mold.
  •       Is insulation in place in-between floor joist and beams?  Remove any wood debris in the crawl space.  It can be conductive to termites.

Again, please not the most proactive step is to obtain your own home inspection and repair any structural and mechanical issues prior to listing or receiving an offer to purchase.  Please contact our office with any questions.  Our goal is to sell your home for the highest dollar and bring you to the closing table as stress free as possible.