Ace Your Home Sale: Pre-Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers

Home Inspection guide for Ontario Home Sellers

Selling your home? Roll out the red carpet for your home inspection by prepping like a pro! Home inspections don’t have to be a nerve-wracking ordeal. With a little elbow grease and some savvy preparation, you can breeze through this crucial step in the selling process. Dive into our ultimate pre-home inspection checklist, designed to help you shine when the inspector shows up.


Pre-Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers

Exterior and Structure

1. Foundation and Exterior Walls

Check for cracks or signs of structural damage in the foundation and exterior walls. Address any issues to prevent concerns about the home’s structural integrity.

2. Roof

Inspect the roof for missing, damaged, or old shingles and repair as needed. Clear out gutters and downspouts.

3. Windows and Doors

Ensure all windows and doors are functioning properly. Replace any broken glass, damaged frames, or faulty seals.

4. Drainage and Landscaping

Verify that the grading slopes away from the home to prevent water damage. Trim trees and shrubs that are too close to the house and could pose a risk to the structure.

Systems and Utilities

1. Heating and Cooling Systems

Replace filters in your HVAC system and ensure the unit is functioning correctly. Consider professional servicing if it hasn’t been done recently.

2. Plumbing

Check for leaks in faucets and under sinks. Flush toilets to ensure they are working properly and fix any that run continuously.

3. Electrical System

Make sure all outlets, switches, and fixtures work. Test smoke detectors and replace batteries if necessary.

Interior Condition

1. Walls and Ceilings

Look for signs of water damage or mold. Repair any holes or cracks in walls or ceilings, and consider a fresh coat of paint if necessary.

2. Flooring

Repair or replace damaged or stained flooring. Secure loose boards or tiles.

3. Basement and Attic

Clear out any clutter to allow easy access. Check for and address any signs of pests, water leakage, or mold.

Appliances and Home Features

1. Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

Ensure that all appliances are in working order and clean. This includes the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washer/dryer.

2. Ventilation Systems 

Clean out the lint from the dryer vent to reduce fire hazards.

3. Safety Equipment

Verify that all safety equipment, including carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, is in working order.

General Preparation

1. De-clutter and Clean

A clean and clutter-free home is more appealing during inspections. Tidy up each room, including closets and storage areas.

2. Documentation

Gather documentation of all major repairs or renovations, warranties, and user manuals for the home inspector and potential buyers.

3. Accessibility

Ensure easy access to the attic, basement, electrical panel, and any other key areas the inspector will need to check.

By following this checklist, you’ll help the inspection go smoothly and may even speed up your sale process by addressing issues before they become obstacles. This proactive approach demonstrates to buyers that you are diligent and have maintained the home well, potentially making your home more attractive in competitive markets.

Bonnie Visentin – Sales Representative

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