Home inspections can be done at any time but they are commonly performed by property buyers. The inspection happens shortly after the property has been viewed and a price agreed.

Both parties will find it simpler if there are no issues. Should any be found the cost of dealing with the issues will be important, the higher the cost the more likely it is that a buyer will renegotiate or walk away from the deal and go home to watch a movie.

You should note that while paying a deposit is normal, so is adding a clause in the purchase contract that allows the buyer to withdraw if the home inspection is not favourable.

That’s why all sellers need to know how to prepare for a home inspection. It is worth asking what detail will be checked, some inspections will include magnetic particle testing, others won’t.

Give Access

To help the inspector do their job you should make sure there is easy access to all areas of the property with or without vivint cameras. That means ensuring they can get into the basement, loft, under sinks, and even to the furnace. This will help them to do a thorough job and ensure there are no gaps in their report.

A gap can seem like a good way to hide any issues. However, most buyers will be suspicious of any gaps and what you may be hiding!

When you give access, this should also apply to outside your home. A good inspector will want to check the outside of your home. This allows them to assess wall damage, sliding issues, and even the seals around doors and windows.

Check Your Roof

The inspector will check your roof for any signs of damage or leaks. Beat them to the punch and check the roof first. If you can access the roof easily then remove any moss and check the gutters for debris.

If you spot any damage get it repaired before the home inspection.

Check Toilets

It’s worth spending a little time looking at the toilets in your home. You simply need to check they flush quickly and effectively and that there is no running water or leaks when they are not being used.

If there are any issues you’ll find they are usually easy to resolve.

Change the Furnace return Filter

This filter doesn’t cost a lot but it does show that you take care of your furnace. The filter will improve the air quality in your home and help the machine to function properly. But, it’s the implied attention to maintenance that will impress a buyer and home inspector.

Check Your Main Breakers

All the main breakers should be on and clearly labelled. While it isn’t often a deal-breaker, not naming the electrical points makes it harder for potential buyers to isolate a given circuit. That’s something most people notice.


Take a water meter reading and then don’t use any water for a couple of hours. You can then take another reading and, if it’s changed, you have a water leak.

You’ll need to find this and deal with it before the house inspection is completed.