Also remove rotting wood that comes in contact with the house, since it can exacerbate stress areas in the house making the structure more vulnerable. Try to place caulk around exterior windows and wall penetrations, to prevent water from seeping in and absorb water, especially those made of wood, which could start causing decay for wooden materials in the house.
Also try to ensure that all plumbing fixtures are in proper working order and to also make sure that waterlines and plumbing system is in good condition.
Another simple thing that one can do, even women can do on their own, is to fix any falling mortar joints in brick or block. Test all smoke detectors to ensure they are in safe working condition and seal masonry walls in the basement.
Have clear access to the attic, crawl spaces, heating system, garage, and any other area that needs to be inspected as well as ensure that all doors and windows are in proper working condition, including repairing or replacing any missing or cracked window panes.
If the house is vacant, make sure the utilities are turned on and ready for inspection by the home inspector. There is indeed no fail or pass grade for the home inspection, but it will definitely give the owner an idea of the actual condition of the house.
Indeed, if one is just aware of how important a home inspection is one may need to know things you can do to help out the home inspector.