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Make Your Home “Inspection Ready”

When I talk to my clients about getting their homes ready to list, we focus a lot on staging which includes everything from touch up paint to decluttering. Many clients do realize the importance of home maintenance, but all too often overlook things that they live with every day.

I also emphasize the importance for a home to appear well maintained. If not, the buyers may suspect unseen problems that will cost them money down the road. I’ve had first-time homebuyers reject a home during the inspection phase because the list of repair items seemed daunting.

Brendan Marchant, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, gave me a great list of items he recommends homeowners use when preparing their home to sell.




Routine Maintenance – Exterior

  • Repair damaged masonry on walkways and steps
  • Seal any cracks in the driveway
  • Repair minor defects in exterior wall materials
  • Recaulk around exterior windows and doors
  • Replace damaged or missing shingles
  • Recaulk around flashing
  • Clean debris from gutters and check downspouts for proper drainage

Routine Maintenance – Interior

  • Repair leaky faucets and fixtures
  • Recaulk around bathtubs and sinks
  • Have an electrician inspect receptacles and switches and made necessary repairs
  • Repair cracked or broken window glass and loosen windows that are painted shut
  • Arrange service for the furnace and central air conditioning
  • Have the chimney swept
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and install detectors where missing

More to come on what to expect on the day of inspection!

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