Prepare Your Home For An Inspection

A home inspection could potentially be a deal breaker for a seller, if the Seller isn’t preapred for it. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, I recommend taking these important steps to prepare your home for an inspection:

Don’t hide what isn’t working: If an appliance isn’t working, leave a note that indicates what isn’t working and how you’re getting it fixed. Don’t try to conceal defects because it can make the inspector start to view you as dishonest and wonder what else you’re hiding.

Make things accessible: Ensure the location of the attic and/or crawlspace are identified and easy to access. Don’t make a home inspector move your belongings in order to gain access. Move boxes, pick up clothes and toys, and PLEASE CLEAN YOUR HOUSE.  This is the time where your home is under the microscope, and your potential Buyers are more than likely there with the inspector, for hours, examining every nook and cranny!  Don’t give them any reason to back out of the deal or ask you to make costly repairs that could have been avoided.

Check the light-bulbs: If a light-bulb isn’t working, the inspector will need to determine if the fixture is inoperable. Save them time by making sure all the light-bulbs in the home operate, including those in the crawlspace, attic, and furnace rooms.

Note septic systems: If you have a septic system in the yard, be sure to leave a sketch that includes the location of it, if possible. It’ll avoid home inspectors, buyers, and real estate professionals having to conduct prolonged searches for it.  It’s honestly not a bad idea to have the septic cleaned out and inspected prior to listing your home, but not 100% necessary.

Keep appliances clear: Don’t leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher or sink, or even laundry in the washing machine or dryer. The inspector will need to test the appliances, and he doesn’t want to have to pull out dirty clothes in front of the potential Buyers. Also, make sure your oven and stove-top are clear and clean, so they can easily test them without setting off the smoke alarm or other “alarms” with the potential buyers.

Make sure all utilities are on: Even if your home is vacant and you have no immediate “need” to have the electricity, water, or gas on, your potential buyers will need those items to be available for inspections and the appraisal.

You can also get a home inspection before you list your home, in order to alleviate potential repairs before a Buyer finds them and wants to “negotiate” those items off of your price.  Just be sure to disclose, disclose, disclose any and all items required on your Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement when you put your home on the market.

For more information on listing your home for sale in Pooler, GA and surrounding areas, contact the Pooler GA Real Estate expert, Trisha Cook.

Trisha Cook, Keller Williams

Pooler GA Real Estate Agent

How to get your home ready to be photographed

Once you decide to put your home on the market, hopefully with The Trisha Cook Team, it is time to stage your home and get it prepared for photographs. Photographs are usually done as soon as you choose your Realtor.

Side note: These days, I do hope you don’t settle for a listing agent who takes his/her own photographs.  I have spent thousands of dollars on cameras and lenses over the years and nothing has ever compared to the brilliant photography of the professional that I hire for my listings.  HDR photography is the way to go; Stitching together multiple shots to insure that every picture has the best possible angle and the best lighting possible.  

ok, back to the point of this post now ;-)


Here are a few good tips to have your home ready to photographs:


  • Less is Best.  Please remove all clutter!
  • Replace all blown light bulbs, in both lamps and overhead lighting
  • Place garbage cans out of sight.
  • Your kitchen sink (and all sinks for that matter) should be empty.  Hide sponges, drying racks, scrubbers, towels, etc.
  • Remove all magnets and photos off the refrigerator.
  • Remove all items from on top of the refrigerator as well.
  • Remove the majority of countertop appliances in your kitchen & wipe down your countertops.
  • Minimize, or completely remove, all personal photos in frames on table tops
  • Hide dog/cat bowls, crates, and beds
  • remove tissue boxes.
  • Hang only decorative bathroom towels, neatly.
  • Remove toothbrushes, razors, shampoo/conditioner, soaps, make-up, perfume, and any other personal items from countertops, tubs, showers, floor, etc.
  • Put your toilet seats DOWN (for showings too).
  • Clean off nightstands, end tables, and coffee tables.
  • All toys should be minimized and organized neatly.  Nothing should be on the floor or under beds unless in storage bins & out of sight.
  • Wires and cords should be hidden, if possible.
  • Ceiling Fans should be dusted and off for pictures.
  • Remove paperwork from desks, and dust the furniture.
  • Beds should be made, and use a bed skirt if possible.
  • Open all blinds and turn on lights for the photographer.


  • Lawn mowed, edged, and blown off
  • Leaves raked and bushes trimmed
  • House clean and freshly pressure washed if possible.  Also, freshly painted shutters & doors make a home look great!
  • If possible, seasonal flowers can add a gorgeous pop of color!
  • Remove all cars from the driveway and front of the house. Close garage doors & gates
  • Hoses rolled up nice and neatly
  • Exterior garbage cans out of view for exterior front shot.
  • Security Yard Signs and for sale signs temporarily removed
  • Remove anything that looks seasonal, such as Christmas wreaths, pumpkins, etc


I hope this list helped you prepare for your photos.

If you haven’t already chosen a Realtor to sell your home in the Greater Savannah, GA area I would love the opportunity to earn your business.  Please give me a call.  912-844-8662, or you can reach me at

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**Big Thank you to Amy Greene, at Creative Images Real Estate Photography, for helping me comprise this awesome list of helpful hints.  Amy is the best! 




148 Grayson Savannah, GA 31419

148 Grayson Savannah, GA 31419

Amazing Home for Sale! Conveniently Located between Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart, this home has it all! Formal Living Room, Dining Room, Den ith Fireplace, Spacious Kitchen, Loft Space Upstairs, HUGE Master Bedroom & Master Bathroom, Fenced Yard, and much more


110 Southernland Dr

110 Southernland Dr

Price Reduced to Sell! This home features 4 Bedrooms, Bonus Room, Formal Dining Room, Office, Wood Floors, Fireplace, Fresh Paint, Stainless Appliances, Corian Counters & Tile in Kitchen, Cultured Marble & Tile Floors in the Bathrooms, Huge Fenced Yard, and much more.


The Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying

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At $800 per month, with the average 6% rental increase per year, you will pay $126,536 over a 10-year period but have ZERO ownership of the property. The average house you buy has a long-term appreciation rate of 4.3% per … Continue reading

102 Golden Gate Drive Pooler,GA 31322

102 Golden Gate Drive is now listed for sale for $245,000.  When you see this beautiful home, it becomes very obvious that the Sellers have taken extra good care of the home.  All of the upgrades in the home, along with the beautiful decor throughout, remind you of a model home.  Image

This single story home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a formal living room, Den, formal Dining Room, Spacious Kitchen, Fireplace, Laundry Room, and 2 Car Garage.


Garage:  In early 2012, the sellers installed a storm door onto their side entry garage door so they could leave the garage door up, enjoy the breeze and natural light, and be more inviting for neighborly visits.  They also installed a door bell and ceiling fans in the garage, painted the walls, and painted the floors. Garage

Exterior: a new patio and outdoor kitchen was added to the home that truly makes the backyard an oasis for all who visit.Image

They also installed shutters all around the exterior, gutters and downspouts, a 220 volt outlet on the exterior,near the garage, for a generator, and even installed a new air conditioner in 2011.

Just this may, the sellers also added a new storage shed on a concrete base, and in July they also added a small patio in the front of the home.

Lets go inside now and talk about the Interior upgrades:

  • New lights/ceiling fans throughout the home
  • all new flooring thoughout
  • New shoe molding
  • New ceramic tile in both bathrooms
  • Extra Shelving has been added to the closets & pantry
  • A new shower door was added to the guest bathroom
  • New mosaic tile backsplash in the kitchen was just added this year
  • All new appliances in the home

I could go on and on with the details the sellers have added to this amazing home but I think you get the idea.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a private tour of this home, please give me a call!  I would love to help you.



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Great home in South Effingham For Sale!  This awesome split bedroom home has a very open floor plan, spacious kitchen, freshly cleaned carpet, large master closet, beautiful vinyl privacy fence, and is in an amenity packed community!   Great South Effingham … Continue reading


Choosing Your New Neighborhood

Everyone has a unique image of their neighborhood. It’s not just about picking your dream home, it’s also about Location, Location, Location! Your independent research will require a significant amount of time, since your Realtor can’t tell you where to … Continue reading