What To Do When You Sell Your Home: The Ultimate Home Seller’s Checklist

Picture this… you have just accepted a great offer on your house and you are keen to close on the deal so you can get the funds from the sale to put towards your new home.

But first you need to get through the professional home inspection. But worry not, because regardless of what the home inspector finds, you have the chance to fix any issues or reduce the asking price to allow the new buyer to make the repairs.

​Following a detailed pre-inspection checklist can increase the chances the professional home inspection passes without any significant problems. 


The professional home inspection is not only a way to validate the selling price and value of the house, it can also help you prepare for the showing process. Here’s a checklist to follow for the professional home inspection. 

  1. Review your house ownership agreement. 
  2. Make sure all parties are happy with it. 
  3. Create a letter explaining any changes to the agreement.
  4. Review any terms and conditions of the sale with your real estate attorney.
  5. Review your home inspection report.
  6. Read it carefully, especially the special inspection notes.
  7. Make sure to provide a copy to your real estate attorney.
  8. Make sure to keep your house clean before the showing.

The Home Inspection

The home inspection should be done between the offer and the scheduled closing date in Grand Prairie and throughout Texas.

There are many reasons that may delay this process. For example: When you, a  home seller, is showing your home, the buyer might ask for a property inspection. Some items are required by your HOA that require your inspection to become complete your inspection might include items like foundation repair or corrosion in chimneys or water pipes although the inspection should be completed before the close of escrow, you may be able to get some time to complete some of the inspections if requested by the buyer.

​The Inspection Results If the inspection finds issues that are considered ‘defects’ (such as the need for your roof to be replaced), the buyer’s representative should see them and let you know.

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You have to include the Home Seller Disclosure which is a requirement stipulated by the Texas Property Code that sellers fill out a Seller’s Disclosure form, in most instances.


When the inspector arrives, have him or her fill out an Inspection ChecklistPreparing a home for an inspection can often be the biggest challenge.

However, most Inspectors throughout Dallas, Fort Worth and the Metroplex will do the inspection checklist as it is a standard practice and it’s best to make sure. This way, you know what you are expected to address, and the inspector can focus on the more critical items.

Before the Inspection Check out the inspection instructions carefully. List all items you must address. Don’t make a last-minute decision that could change the outcome of the inspection. (This article includes home inspector’s instructions for marking items as important). Know what documents are required for the inspection. Make sure the inspector is aware you will not have the appraiser return on the day of the inspection to sign his report.

​Contact the appraiser to discuss if it is okay for the appraiser to sign a report before the home inspection.


At this point you have passed the inspection and if it doesn’t pass, then you are right where you wanted to be. The buyer is eager to purchase your home and you are ready to close on the sale of your home.

Before making the payment for the sale of your home to the buyer, there are a few things to do that may be of concern to you.

The Final Inspection

  • One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is to not do the final inspection. At the very least, you need to have a home inspection to make sure the inspection of the home was done according to code.


  • The inspection is not limited to finding leaks, but it should also look at other things such as the property’s foundation and foundation walls to make sure they are safe.

Before making the payment for the sale of your home to the buyer, there are a few things to do that may be of concern to you.


Let’s say that your home inspector discovers an area in your home that needs work. Depending on what the issue is, the cost of fixing it could be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars. With that in mind, consider these when preparing for your professional home inspection.

1. Do not ignore any issues you discover during the inspection. There are a number of factors that are important to consider when diagnosing an issue. 

2. Ownership. Before you can start the work, you need to identify who you are working with. The type of work being done will determine whether the work is covered under the home warranty, state law, or by the actual home buyer.


It’s not easy to put a home on the market and that’s why it’s crucial to get it right. Not only do the buyers need to make the right decision, but the sellers need to make the right choice too.

A major mistake most sellers make is waiting too long to put their house on the market. Losing money or having to pay much more than you should on the price due to an undue number of showing fees is a major turn off to potential buyers. In fact, according to a recent survey by realtor.com®, the majority of listing agents worry that listing an underperforming property will harm their chances of getting a sale and have little confidence in their own ability to manage an underperforming property.

​So make sure you’re putting your property on the market in the best way possible. Contact our team of residential and commercial property inspectors at The Grand Prairie Home Inspection Cowboys.

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