There is a certain amount of preparation to do prior to listing your home for sale.  One of those steps in that process would be the inspections of your home.  Based on the age and state of condition of your home, certain inspections could save you time and money.


pest inspection is one of the most requested inspections when a buyer is in contract on a home.  This inspection provides you with the current state of your home and will give you a report of repairs needed to be made. Once the repairs are completed, the inspector will return to your home, check the repaired areas and provide you with a pest clearance.  Having a pest clearance is important to potential buyers, showing them the condition of the home and the repairs that were done.  This inspection is recommended to do prior to selling your home.


Now most counties have placed an ordinance for a requiring a sewer lateral inspection on properties that are 20 years or older being sold.  The sewer lateral inspection provides information about your sewer lines that run to the house.  This inspection should be done as over time the ground settles, tree roots grow and the sewer system can be altered. This inspection allows you to find out that your system is in good working order or is in need of repairs.  It is up to you to choose to whether to get this done prior to selling or have the buyer do.


Having a roof inspection done isn’t always necessary if your roof is under 15 years old.  Most roofs will last 25 – 30 years.  If your roof is over the 15 year mark, a buyer could order a roof inspection, to insure that the roof has no leaks.  A roof inspection is usually requested on older homes with aged roofs.


A fireplace inspection may be requested if you are selling an older home with a wood burning fireplace.  The fireplace inspection will check for the structural function of the fireplace along with making sure that the flashing is correct.  The last one that was done on my client’s listing ended up with repairs of $1100.00 due to the inspectors requirement of flashing needed.


A home inspection is typically done by the buyer when the home goes into contract.  A Home Inspector will go through the entire home and report any repairs or damage that is seen by them.  This report will inform both the buyers and sellers with any items that need to be repaired or that things are in good working order.


A mold inspection is usually done on older homes that have been unoccupied or closed up for a long time.  It also may be done on homes that have suffered any water damage.  The mold inspection is checking for mold, which can emits spores which float in the air and attach themselves to moist surfaces.  If the home is kept dry, there is less chance for mold.  Any areas that have gotten wet and not quickly dried within 24-48 hours, have a good chance of mold.  This inspection is really up to the homeowner selling their home.  My advice is that if the home is suspected of mold, get it inspected.


This list gives you a good outline for specific inspections that can be ordered prior to listing your home.  When a buyer is looking at purchasing home, they will want to know the home is in good condition, unless it is being sold as a fixer.  My first recommendation to sellers would always be to get a Pest Inspection.  The other inspections you can either choose to do or have the buyer do.  If you have old electrical or plumbing in your home, having a contractor come in and look these areas over and make recommendations of repairs is advisable. Sellers can always do a credit towards closing costs for any repairs that need to be done.

My advice is to know the home you are selling.  When you know the condition of your home, you can do the repairs and present a beautiful home to buyers and ask the best price and sell it quickly!