Inspection for the seller
After living in a house for years, homeowners tend to forgive the odd problem. A prospective purchaser may not feel as generous about your home’s shortcomings. Some systems that were adequate when you bought the home may, for example, no longer meet current standards. Your DoubleCheck home inspector will point these out as part of your home inspection. You may decide to change any or all of these items depending upon cost and how you feel about the changes.
Having your property inspected before you list it for sale is a good strategy. Attending the inspection will give you an objective view of the general condition of your home. The inspection report will also alert to you problems that would surface during a prospective buyer’s pre-purchase inspection and allow you to repair or resolve them before listing.
This may improve your chances of an early sale, and make the whole process proceed smoother since most visual deficiencies of the home have been identified. You may choose to show the purchaser what you have done to improve your home, not that your trying to cover-up deficiencies but rather provide a better, more attractive home for the purchaser.
or call 1-613-322-3682.
Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) www.cmhc.ca has a wealth of information on home ownership, some of which is noted below. CMHC is located at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa. You may wish to e-mail or contact them by: telephone at 1-800-688-2642, or by fax at 1-800-245-9274
|Order No.||Series No.||Title from About the House Series|
|62027||CE 2||Measuring Humidity in Your Home|
|62028||CE 2||Combustion Gases in Your Home|
|62032||CE 6||Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)|
|60515||CE 7||After the Flood|
|60516||CE 8||Fighting Mold: The Homeowner’s Guide|
|62034||CE 13||Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams|
|62035||CE 14||Soot Staining on Carpets|
|62037||CE 17||The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans|
|62039||CE 19||Insulating Your House|
|62046||CE 25||Carbon Monoxide|
|62045||CE 27||Choosing a Dehumidifier|
|62258||CE 28g||Repairing or Replacing Roof Finishes|
|62260||CE 28h||Repairing and Replacing Materials Exterior Walls|
|62044||CE 29||Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?|
|62839||CE 35||Hiring a Home Inspector|
|64066||CE 38||How to Reduce Chemical Contaminants in Your Home|
|63134||CE 44||Painting: Walls, Ceilings and Floors|
|63218||CE 47||Home Maintenance Schedule|
|63227||CE 48||Replacing Your Furnace|
|63637||CE 56||Preventing Falls on Stairs|
|65041||AE5||Improving Your Security and Safety|
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also has useful information, some of which is listed following.
- Dwellings: Energy Conservation
- Consumers Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
- Dwellings: Insulation
- Insulation: Heat
- Keeping The Heat In