Focus on the hot spots that concern buyers the most when they review their home inspection reports. Depending on the code, these systems change over the years, especially with older homes. Before the Home Inspection. Make sure gutters are clean so rainwater flows toward downspouts instead of spilling over gutter sides along the foundation. Article Table of Contents Skip to section Expand. The same is true for older appliances. Most foundation leaks are a result of poor drainage that funnels water toward the foundation. Read your contract carefully; it dictates which systems should be in good working order at closing. Do everything you can to get the house in good condition before you attempt to sell it, but don't be discouraged if the inspection report contains a few negative statements.