As a Seller, you granted the right of inspections to the buyer. Important things to remember include:
- All utilities should be on and full access to the property given.
- Utility panels and doors need to be clear. No boxes, furniture, or plants within 36 inches. This includes water heaters, attic stairs, HVAC units, electrical, gas meter, etc.
- Any burned out lightbulbs will be listed as "inoperable light fixture".
- The drain hose from your dishwasher needs an anti-siphon loop (meaning it loops up higher than the point at which the hose enters the disposal) or an anti-siphon device. The loop is as simple as a hook or nail and looping the extra hose.
- The slab should be visible all around. If dirt is pushed up to the level of the siding material, that's an invitation for termites. 5 minutes with a rake might save the cost of a preventative termite treatment. Same goes for wood or shrubs in contact with the house. These are called "conducive conditions" in a wood destroying insect report.
- Put the window screens back on the windows.
- Treat the inspection like a showing because the buyer will likely attend. Lights on, clean, etc.
- Seller and seller's agent should not attend the inspection nor attempt to influence the inspector
- It is fine to leave a copy of the Seller Disclosure and appliance manuals out for the inspector to use as a reference