Home Inspection Checklist For Sellers

When you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s essential to ensure that it’s in good condition to attract potential buyers. While home inspections are typically the responsibility of buyers, conducting a pre-listing inspection as a seller can help identify and address issues beforehand, increasing the chances of a smooth sale. Courtesy of Zillow, here are some things to watch out for as well as simple solutions when doing a home inspection in preparation of a home sale.



  • Exterior Paint: Is the paint flaking?
  • Siding: Examine for cracks, holes, or signs of rot. Power washing may help improve the appearance. Is asbestos present?
  • Windows and Doors: Ensure they open and close properly, have intact seals, and replace any broken glass or damaged frames. Does the garage door operate properly and have a safety sensor installed?



  • Ceilings and Walls: Check ceilings and around windows and pipes in each room for evidence of leaks. Patch and paint any cracks or holes, and repair any water stains or damage.
  • Flooring: Are there any areas where the floor is sagging? Replace damaged or worn-out flooring, clean carpets, and polish hardwood floors.
  • Baseboard: Is the baseboard pulling away from the wall?



  • Drainage: Does drainage appear to be traveling away from the house?
  • Standing water: Are there any obvious signs of standing water near the home?
  • Deck: What is the condition of the deck? Check for signs of rotting wood.
  • Handrails and Staircases: Are stair railings secure? Repair or replace any loose or damaged handrails and steps.
  • Yard: Are the trees healthy? Do any branches hang too close to the roof? Trim overgrown bushes or trees, mow the lawn, and remove any dead plants.



  • Condition: What is the overall condition? Check for missing or damaged shingles, signs of leaks, and the overall condition of the roof. When was it last replaced?
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Are gutters and downspouts firmly attached? Ensure they are clear of debris and functioning correctly.
  • Chimney: What is the condition of the chimney?



  • Leaks: Are there any signs of leaks? Inspect for moisture or water issues.
  • Insulation: Is there enough insulation and adequate ventilation? Verify that insulation is in good condition and meets current standards.
  • Crawl Spaces: Are there any holes or cracks large enough for rodents to enter?



  • Switches: Do the switches work? Are there any obvious malfunctions?
  • Outlets: Have the outlets been grounded? Test all outlets and switches, and replace any that are not functioning.
  • Panel: Is the panel updated and expandable for additional appliances or a potential remodel?
  • Wiring: Is there knob-and-tube wiring? Address any exposed wires.



  • Condition: What is the age and condition of the stove, dishwasher or refrigerator? Verify that all appliances (e.g., oven, dishwasher, refrigerator) are in working condition. Replace or repair any faulty units.
  • Garbage: Is the garbage disposal working properly?



  • Sewer: Has the sewer line been scoped to check for potential cracks?
  • Heater: What is the condition of the water heater?
  • Pressure: How is the water pressure in home fixtures?
  • Fixtures: Are the sinks, tubs, and showers draining smoothly? Ensure all faucets, showers, and toilets work correctly.



  • Molds: Are there signs of moisture or mold? Check for musty odors.
  • Insulation: Is there adequate insulation?
  • Drainage systems: If there is a sump pump, is it working properly?
  • Pest Control: Are there any signs of pests or termite activity?



  • Condition: Are there significant cracks in the walls, ceiling or exterior walls? Look for cracks, settling, or any signs of water damage.
  • Vegetation: Are there any trees encroaching on the foundation?


Heating/cooling system

  • Condition: Are the rooms heating up and cooling off properly? Have your heating and cooling system serviced to ensure it’s in good working order.
  • Furnace: How old is the furnace?
  • Filters: Are the air filters clean?


Remember that addressing these issues before listing your home can enhance its marketability and sell it for top dollar. Consult with a real estate agent and consider hiring a professional home inspector to conduct a thorough pre-listing inspection for a more comprehensive assessment.


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