When you are preparing to sell your house, it is important to take care of both minor and major fixes to the property and building before you schedule your home inspection. Even little things like a burned-out lightbulb can be noted on the report (the inspector won't know -- or necessarily bother to check -- to make sure it's not an electrical issue!), so you'll want to get as many things done ahead of time, in order to maximize the sales value of your home. Here are some things to look at. Even after an inspection has taken place, these fixes can help by improving the look and feel of the building to any prospective buyers.
HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and A/C) -- If your unit is rusty or the filter needs changing, do it. The house will feel more comfortable, and smell better, to boot!
Fogged-up windows generally indicate a busted seal, which can make the place feel drafty and uncomfortable.
Loose railings on stairwells or on decks may suggest to buyers that the house in general has not been properly maintained -- after all, if the little things aren't taken care of, maybe the big ones have been ignored, as well...
Fix up any missing or loose shingles on the roof, as well as any water damage or rotting wood on the exterior. These problems are visible from a distance, and can have a noticeable effect on the buyer's perception of the home's value.