ARTICLE: Preparing Your Home For An Inspection When Relocating

ARTICLE: Preparing Your Home For An Inspection When Relocating

So, you have decided to accept that job offer from your company to a new city and state, and you are going to be selling your home. One important thing that you will have to prepare for with the selling of your home is a general inspection. Your Relocation Consultant will typically advise that your company requires a general home and pest inspection be performed on your home and further inspections may be ordered based upon the results of those initial inspection reports.

A key part of preparing your home sale is getting your home ready for inspection. Potential buyers will want to know that your home, no matter the age, is in acceptable, if not great condition. A common reason for a sale fall-out is not being able to come to agreement with your buyer on inspection issues. Inspectors will be assessing that all your appliances are in good working condition, they will be checking the status of your electrical, gas, heating, and cooling systems.

They will also check to see if you have any issue with your garage, roof, exterior construction (siding, wood, stucco), crawl space, windows, and sprinkler systems. They will look to determine if you have any possible signs of rodent or pest infestation, conducive conditions for termite infestation and any indication of any major foundation/structural issues.

Here are somethings you may want to consider doing to prepare for an inspection:

Step 1: Take a critical eye to your home’s condition

Prepare a Checklist of To Do Items

De-clutter by going through all items in storage and determine items you must retain or need to get rid of and get rid of all items that will not be relocating with you and your family


Change all air filters

Organize all closets close to your attic or crawl space and ensure that there is easy access

Clear all vegetation that may be less than 6 inches from your outdoor exterior

Open and close all windows

Check that all locks are operational


Check that all appliances are operational and locate all appliance manuals

Check all faucets for leaks and ensure that all toilets can be flushed

Ensure that all ceiling fans, bathroom fans and light switches are in working order

Ensure that your garage door opener is functional using your remote

Check to see if you need to replace missing caulking in your bathroom and kitchen

Take photos of your roof (drone photos if possible)


Make any necessary repairs needed to your property which may include the following:

Replace any broken gutters and ensure downspouts are leading water away from your home


Replace any non-working appliances or light bulbs

Unstop any clogged drains and clean all gutters

Replace of any missing grout

Power wash the exterior of your home using chlorine bleach to remove any moss

Replacement of any missing roof tiles and remove any debris from your roof

Replace any missing insulation in your attic and crawl space

Fix torn screens or broken windows

Trim overhanging limbs located close to the exterior of your home or hanging near your roof

Slope soil away from your home for water run-off


Step 2: Prior to the inspection appointment, do the following:

Hire a professional cleaner to perform a thorough cleaning of your home from top to bottom. This cleaning should include wiping down walls, baseboards, windowsills, and ceiling fans. A clean home sends a message to the inspector that the home is well kept and maintained


Ensure that all utilities are turned on


Provide a packet with all appliance manuals, operational instructions for any units, recent maintenance paperwork, repairs completed and insurance claims and keys for gates, electrical boxes our sheds located on the property


Leave your sink , dishwasher, washer, and dryer empty

Make sure that all remotes for ceiling fans, fireplaces, lighting fixtures are visible and located close to those features


Take all pets with you when you leave the home prior to the inspector’s visit

Make sure you leave your home at least 30 minutes prior to the inspector’s visit and if you wish to remain at the property while the inspection is being done that you keep your distance and allow the inspector to complete his inspection without feeling that he needs to rush his investigation or that you are hovering. Preferably stay on the exterior of the property.

Pre-Inspection Pros and Cons

You may think, why should I have a pre-inspection done on my home when my company or a buyer will be paying to have these done? If I do an inspection, don’t I have to disclose it? These are good questions and getting a pre-inspection done is a matter of choice.



Many homeowners have a sense of the issues in their home and order a pre-inspection report. The primary reason is in order to be prepared for any possible issues that could surface from your company’s or buyer’ s inspection and have the ability to address those issues ahead of time or to get quotes.


The report would have to be disclosed to potential buyers, and it can convey this home has been well maintained.


Conversely, if the pre-inspection shows piping in your home will need to be replaced, having this knowledge provides you information needed when determining the list price and how much you should actually accept for the sale of your home, depending on if you decide to fix that big ticket item or not. It is recommended you complete all repairs as recommended from your pre-inspection.

The pre-inspection report is required to be disclosed. If your relocation benefits include a Homesale program, you will most likely have another inspection.


If you have completed the repairs on the pre-inspection, then the relocation inspection should not reveal many more items that are required to be repaired.


This does subject you to two inspections, the cost of the pre-inspection would be a personal cost and typically not reimbursed by the relocation policy.


If you make all the recommended preparations, it is highly likely that you will pass your home inspection!

If you have any questions about Relocation Management Solutions, contact us – we can help. Call us toll-free at 1-866-254-3910 or email us at


Katherine Hines, CRP                                                                     Ginger Merrick, SCRP, SGMS

Senior Relocation Consultant                                                       Senior Global Mobility Consultant


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