Preparing Sellers for Home Inspection Success

The results of a home inspection can make or break a sale. Here are some tips you can provide to your sellers to help make their inspections go smoothly.


Correct any obvious issues with the home’s systems and appliances. 
Check your outlets and test all your GFCI units. Clear any clogged drains. Replace burned light bulbs. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear. Remember—details count!

Clean the home. 
Inspectors may not judge on cleanliness, but buyers do—and they often accompany inspectors. Plus, a clean home makes the inspector’s job easier and gives the impression of proper upkeep.

Clear space inside. 
Clear space under sinks, around appliances and in the attic or crawl space to give the inspector access to plumbing and other home systems.

Clear space outside. 
Trim shrubs, mow the lawn and make sure there’s no dirt or debris touching the siding. Make sure the inspector has a clear path to inspect the foundation, hose spigots, exterior electrical outlets and roof.

Plan ahead for inspection day. 
You’ll need to be out of the home three hours or more. See a movie or go shopping. Make arrangements for your pets to be out of the home during the inspection too.

Don’t worry about the results! 
No home is perfect, so every inspection report is bound to include negative information. Most issues aren’t deal breakers. The exact wording of the contract will determine what actions the seller needs to take to fix issues and satisfy the buyer’s demands.



American Home Shield is providing the information for general guidance only. Due to the general nature of the property maintenance and improvement advice in this material, neither American Home Shield Corporation, nor its licensed subsidiaries assumes any responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered by the use of this information.