"Home Inspection Checklist Template for Sellers"

What Is a Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers?

When you are preparing to sell your home, you will want to complete a Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers. This checklist will examine your home and property to note any signs of damage or issues that may need to be repaired before a buyer is willing to purchase your home.

Alternate Name:

  • Seller Home Inspection Checklist.

You will want to hire a professional to conduct the inspection and the checklist will serve as a record of any areas that need attention. A Home Inspection Checklist Form for Sellers template can be downloaded below.

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Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers - What to Include?

  1. Name of the person completing the inspection and date of the inspection.
  2. When examining the exterior of the house, the inspector will be checking the following:
    • Any areas with standing or pooling water that could result from poor drainage or a plumbing issue;
    • Checking to see that all trees, shrubs, and outdoor plants are trimmed and do not touch the house or nearby power or phone lines;
    • All sidewalks, entrances, and driveways are usable. Some cracks are to be expected, but any major issues will need to be disclosed;
    • Signs of wood rot or termite damage on the exterior of the home or fencing;
    • Cracks in the foundation;
    • Any damage or major wear and tear to the exterior walls, side paneling, roofing, or stucco. If there are roofing shingles or tiles that are missing or show signs of damage, you may need to consider having the roof repaired or replaced entirely;
    • Windows are intact without cracks, chips, or missing panes, and fit snugly in their frames. Any screens on the windows are in decent shape, with only minor tears, if any;
    • Gutters have recently been cleaned and any cracks have been noted;
    • If the house has a fireplace, the chimney has a cap at the top and the chimney is structurally sound.
  3. The attic will be checked for the following:
    • Electrical wiring and insulation are free from damage or risk of fire;
    • Any evidence of pest issues and treatment may be recommended if found;
    • Ventilation is working and there are no holes that lead to the outside;
    • Signs of water issues or mold.
  4. The interior of the house will be examined for the following:
    • Any damage to the walls, doors, ceilings, or floors such as chips, cracks, or staining;
    • Signs of mold growth, especially in damp areas such as the bathroom or under the kitchen sink;
    • Windows can open and close properly;
    • Vents are functional and can open and close;
    • All electrical outlets and lighting are working and free from sparks or exposed wires;
    • Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms;
    • Pipe leaks in the kitchen or bathrooms;
    • All cabinets can open and close easily and are clean minus normal wear and tear;
    • Water pressure in the faucets, showers, and tubs is consistent;
    • Toilets are free from stains or cracks.
  5. At the end of the inspection, sign and date the checklist and retain copies for your records.

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Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers
Use this handy checklist as a guide to spot common issues in a home that need to be fixed
before a showing. Must-have items: checklist, pencil, cleaning supplies.
1. Front Entrance.
Clean doors and windows
Clean doors and windows
Sweep sidewalk
Keep the lawn and landscaping
trimmed
Polish doorknob
Water container flowers (replace if
Shake out doormat
necessary)
2. Entryway.
Clean doors and windows
Mop floor, shake out rug, vacuum
carpeting
Dust shelves or entry table
Water container flowers or plants
Tidy up closet
3. Living Room, Family Room.
Stow away newspapers,
Wipe down leather or vinyl
magazines, books, games,
Mop floor or vacuum rugs
toys, and videos
Dust surfaces (including TV screen)
Straighten out bookshelves
Sweep fireplace
Straighten out coffee table
Wipe down ceiling fan blades
Vacuum upholstered
furniture
Water houseplants
4. Kitchen.
Stow away kitchen sponge
Mop or vacuum floor
and dish towels
Clean appliances
Open windows or run fan to
Wipe countertops, cabinets
remove cooking odors and
other smells
Clean sink
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Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers
Use this handy checklist as a guide to spot common issues in a home that need to be fixed
before a showing. Must-have items: checklist, pencil, cleaning supplies.
1. Front Entrance.
Clean doors and windows
Clean doors and windows
Sweep sidewalk
Keep the lawn and landscaping
trimmed
Polish doorknob
Water container flowers (replace if
Shake out doormat
necessary)
2. Entryway.
Clean doors and windows
Mop floor, shake out rug, vacuum
carpeting
Dust shelves or entry table
Water container flowers or plants
Tidy up closet
3. Living Room, Family Room.
Stow away newspapers,
Wipe down leather or vinyl
magazines, books, games,
Mop floor or vacuum rugs
toys, and videos
Dust surfaces (including TV screen)
Straighten out bookshelves
Sweep fireplace
Straighten out coffee table
Wipe down ceiling fan blades
Vacuum upholstered
furniture
Water houseplants
4. Kitchen.
Stow away kitchen sponge
Mop or vacuum floor
and dish towels
Clean appliances
Open windows or run fan to
Wipe countertops, cabinets
remove cooking odors and
other smells
Clean sink
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5. Bathrooms.
Empty wastebaskets
Wipe wet showers and bathtubs
Mop floors
Clean sinks, mirrors, and faucets
Put out fresh towels
Stow away laundry
6. Bedrooms.
Make beds
Tidy up closet
Mop floors or vacuum rugs
Stow away shoes, laundry, clothes,
books, or toys
Open curtains or shades
7. Home Office.
Polish woodwork
Dust surfaces, including computer
screen
Stow away files
Straighten out desk and
bookshelves
Mop floor or vacuum rugs
8. Basement.
Clear clutter blocking access to furnace, electrical box, or laundry room
Sweep stairs
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Repairs to Make Before Selling
Nothing turns off a potential buyer faster than peeling paint, a broken window, or a splintered
front step. It's wise to make necessary repairs before you put your house on the market. A
house in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership - one of your best sales tools. Start
by covering these areas:
A. Inside the House.
Fix or replace damaged flooring, such as torn linoleum or cracked tiles. If you
can't afford to replace damaged or worn floors, consider offering the buyer an
allowance for renovation.
Fix any drains, faucets, or plumbing fixtures that aren't operating. Fixes can
range from replacing a faucet washer to buying a new toilet.
Paint the interior. Fill and paint any cracks or holes in the walls. (You may need
to repaint entire walls to mask such repairs.)
Replace burned-out bulbs and broken electrical sockets. Most agents will want
you to turn on all the lights before a showing.
Replace or fix broken stairs. Fix any creaks as well.
Replace old locks and doorknobs. Make it easy for a buyer to walk in.
Fix any doors that don't open easily, including the garage door. If your garage
door opener doesn't work, repair or replace it.
B. Outside the House.
Replace cracked windows and torn screens. Don't let your house be shown with
the equivalent of a black eye.
Fix cracks in the driveway and entry walkway, and clean up stains. If the
driveway requires major repair, it may be preferable to offer the buyer an
allowance for the work.
Paint the exterior. Touch up peeling paint, window frames, porches, and
shutters. Repaint the entire exterior if it is drab or peeling.
Replace broken gutters or missing downspouts. Good drainage is key to
passing a home inspection.
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Replace or fix broken stairs. It's a matter of both safety and aesthetics.
Reseal the deck and repair broken boards. A new coat of sealer can spruce up a
fading deck.
Repair the roof. Replace shingles and tack down loose flashing. If the roof is
old, you may want to replace it and adjust your sales price accordingly.
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