If you plan to put your house on the market, then one thing you can count on is the buyer hiring a licensed inspector to thoroughly inspect your house. These are commonly referred to as "structural and mechanical inspections." Note that they are not referred to as "paint and carpet inspections" and I say that because inspectors are generally not looking for cosmetic issues. Yet, most homesellers worry most about cosmetics and spend much less time thinking about the structural and mechanical integrity of the home. In my experience, nothing will make a home buyer run in the other direction faster than an inspection report filled with problems, however small they may seem to be.
I do a variety of things to prepare my sellers for the inspection, including going over common pitfalls that we see come up. Here are two of the common ones that can easily "spook" a potential buyer: an AC system that doesn't seem to be cooling properly and mysterious water stains on the ceiling. Often what will happen is the inspector will note that these issues exist but they won't diagnose them, leaving the buyer with doubts and fears about whether it's a $25, $250 or $2,500 issue. Believe me when I tell you that most buyers will assume the worst.
To help homesellers deal with this issue before their home is listed, I provide them a free report called "Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection." In addition to the two common pitfalls described above, there are 9 others you should be aware of. You can get this report and start doing your homework by clicking this paragraph and browsing over at my main website CarrerasTeam.com.