Divorce often involves the sale of your home, so don’t be afraid, be prepared! The
home inspection is always an anxiety producing hurdle, so why not do one of your own
before your home even goes on the market?
Take this list and do your own walk through to confirm you are ready for that all-
important assessment. It will reduce the number of post-inspection surprises, and will
settle your nerves to know you are being proactive and the house is prepared!
1. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on and that all pilot
lights are lit.
2. Repair, or replace, any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks or latches,
windowpanes or screens, gutters or downspouts, or chimney caps.
3. Check that all light bulbs are working to avoid a report that may suggest an electrical
4. Have the furnace serviced or replace dirty HVAC air filters. This speaks to the home
5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. Confirm
they are located according to state law requirements.
6. Make sure there is clear access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the
water heater, attic and crawlspace.
7. Clear out stored items, debris and wood from the crawl space to allow for easy visual
inspection of the foundation.
8. Unlock any areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or
hatch, the electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.
9. Remove any dead trees and trim tree limbs so that they’re at least 10 feet away from
the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold
moisture against the exterior. Add downspout extension to carry water away from the
10. Ideally, pets should be removed from the premises or secured outside so they don’t
disturb the inspector and buyer while they are conducting their inspection.
If you have questions about selling your home in the midst of divorce, post your questions on our Online Divorce Support Group and get advice from other Wildflower Women!