Ottawa Real Estate Home Inspections

Ottawa Real Estate Selling

While it might seem like an optional cost, you should never understate the importance of an Ottawa home inspection.

Interested Ottawa home buyers will frequently pay for an independent home inspection before they decide to close on a house.

Home inspectors can be  invaluable because they are skilled at searching for costly and dangerous problems with your home; if they find one, it could mean the end of a possible real estate deal.

Thus, it’s crucial that Ottawa home sellers prepare for that home inspection before they ever find an interested home buyer.

Continue reading to learn how to ace a home inspection as an Ottawa real estate  seller.

Selling Your Home on the Ottawa Real Estate Market

I recommend to all of my home sellers that they pay for an inspection before they ever find an interested home buyer. While this may cost some money upfront, the benefits definitely outweigh the costs. After all, a preemptive home inspection will allow you as the home seller to identify potentially deal-breaking problems with you home before an Ottawa real estate buyer does.

Here are some of the problems that home buyers will be looking for:

  • Roof Issues: This is perhaps one of the biggest areas of concern for buyers. That’s because a problematic roof can be both costly and extremely damaging. More often than not, home buyers are looking for deteriorated shingles as well as rotting material underneath those shingles. Pay to have these issues replaced before a buyer makes an offer on your home.
  • Plumbing problems: Home inspectors employ a variety of strategies to locate potential leaks, such as running the dishwasher and checking bathroom water pressure. They’re also likely to inspect the septic system. Such plumbing issues can scare away home buyers because everyone knows how much damage leakage issues can cause a home. So get these problems addressed promptly.
  • Mold and Mildew: This is another major area of concern for residents, mostly because of the health issues associated with mold and mildew. Fix this issue early.
  • Overly moist basements and crawlspaces. The smell of mildew in one of these parts of the house is usually a dead giveaway that your home has water control issues. You may consider covering any areas of exposed ground with plastic in order to lower moisture levels in the air. Faulty drainage systems can also contribute to this issue.
  • Electrical Issues: Make sure all electrical panels and circuit breaker configurations are in proper working order and fully functioning.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems: No buyer wants to deal with heater problems during Ottawa’s winters or no AC during the middle of the  summer. And they certainly don’t want to have to pay to replace these appliances if they’re no longer working. So make sure to address any issues associated with the heating and are conditioning systems before a buyer finds these problems.

Your Ottawa Real Estate Expert

Here’s one final piece of advice for home sellers regarding home inspections: Make sure you check your contract before you hire a home inspector.

Here’s why: The contract will typically tell you which systems the buyer expects to be in good condition at closing time.

This will help you feel even more confident about acing a home buyer inspection when the time comes!

For more tips on the best way to navigate the Ottawa real estate market as a home seller, contact your RE/MAX Ottawa real estate agents.

Until next time,