Whether you are moving to a different city, have an old house that you want to sell, or wish to sell your current home in Toronto – home inspectors can be of great help. We understand that the whole selling endeavor can be overwhelming and you would prefer to have someone guide you through it.
Being a homeowner, you are probably under the impression that your house is in tip-top condition (save for a few repairs here and there); well, this is not the case. When you are going to make your house available on the market, it is important that you know the exact condition of your home, so you are not caught by surprise when the buyer comes up with a list of repairs. This is where the home inspection process and home inspectors come in.
House inspections during the selling process are of two types –
The pre-inspection (seller’s inspection), which sellers can opt for before they list their house for sale.
The buyer’s inspection, which is carried out by a buyer appointed inspector after the contract between seller and buyer.
If you are unsure about the state of your house and do not know what major repairs might come up, it is a good idea to get a pre-inspection done. You can tackle any problems beforehand and have a fair idea of what’s working and what’s not.
It gives you time to carry out major repairs and fix defects that are likely to come up during a buyer’s inspection.
Moreover, pre-inspections are a sign for the buyer not to worry too much, which may act as a plus point for you!
However, keep in mind that the home inspection reports vary, and what your inspector finds might not be the same as what the buyer’s inspector finds.
Once you land a contract with a buyer, there are a few things you can do to make their inspection easier:
- Do not be present during the inspection, and keep any pets you have out of the house, too. It is likely that the buyer will be present with the inspector during the inspection, and having you there might make it uncomfortable for them to discuss any issues that come up. Pets can also get in the way, so it is best to take them away and out of the house.
- De-clutter and make space. Home inspectors will not move your things around to gain access to inaccessible spaces like the back wall of the attic. It is your responsibility to clean up so that they can access all the parts of the house.
- Keep all utilities and appliances operational. Remote controls and keys should be marked and accessible.
- Make minor repairs that you have been putting off. This could be anything from fixing a leaky faucet to replacing a busted bulb.
We provide a detailed report of your house so you can begin to make any major fixes and get your house ready for a sale. With years of experience and our focus only on residential inspections, you can rest assured that our services will provide what you are looking for!