Seller Home Inspection Tips

Matt Costa wants you to know ways to get ready for that all important home inspection.  Matt is a friend and licensed home inspector.  Here is his message and tips to follow when preparing your home for a Home Inspection:

Inspection Tips

Hello Real Estate Professionals,

I hope you had a truly enjoyable and prosperous summer season! I would like to provide you a list you may pass along to your sellers, as well as for your own information things you can do to prepare a home for sale as well as inspection. Many of these things are low cost or even free, typical maintenance items and can eliminate costly negotiations at contract time.  I hope these will be useful for you and your clients. Also for those that enjoy the bounty of fall please enjoy the delicious recipe I have attached.

What will a home inspector be looking at and how you can prepare for a home inspection? The below listing may be helpful in preparing for a home inspection.

If the house is vacant, make sure that all utilities are turned on, including water, electric, water heater, furnace, air condition and breaks in the main panel.

Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding. Six (6) or more inches of clearance is preferred.

Clean out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.

Divert all water away from the house; i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drains, etc. Grade should slope away from the structure. Clean out basement entry drains.

Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding and chimney.

Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows and doors.

Seal asphalt driveways, if cracking.

Seal or point up masonry chimney caps. Install metal fluecap.

Clean or replace HVAC filter. Clean dirty air returns and plenum.

Point up any failing mortar joints in brick or block.

Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition.

Update attic ventilation if none is present.

Have the chimney, fireplace or woodstove cleaned and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.

Seal masonry walls in the basement.

Don’t do quick cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause great concern to buyers and inspectors.

Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked window panes.

Ensure that all plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) are in proper working conditions. Check for and fix any leaks. Caulk around fixtures if necessary.

Install GFCI receptacles near all water sources. Test all present GFCI receptacles for proper operation.

Check sump pump for proper operation.

Replace any burned out light bulbs.

Remove rotting wood and/or firewood from contact with the house.

Ensure that proper grading is followed under a deck.

Install proper vapor barrier in crawlspaces.

Caulk all exterior wall penetrations.

Check to ensure that the crawlspace is dry and install a proper vapor barrier if necessary. Remove any visible moisture from a crawlspace. Moisture levels in wood should be below 18% to deter rot and mildew.

Check that bath vents are properly vented and in working condition.

Remove paints, solvents, gas, etc., from crawlspace, basement, attic, porch, etc.

If windows are at or below grade, install window wells and covers.

Have clear access to attic, crawlspace, heating system, garage and other areas that will need to be inspected.


As always I look forward to working with you and providing you and your clients with a quality and timely inspection.


Matt Costa

CHB Inspections

The Key to Peace of Mind!

Phone: 845-798-2100

Fax:       845-985-3047

NYS License # 16000067140