Pre-Sale Home Inspection

Pre-Sale Home Inspection

Don’t be Surprised.

Consider having your own Pre-Sale Inspection before you have a home inspection the buyer has arranged for. You get to choose the home inspector, and there are other benefits. A pre-listing inspection allows you to find out early what repairs might be needed, and to get the repairs done early. This usually is a cost savings, since you can take your time and shop for the best price for the repairs. Having the pre-listing inspection also eliminates a lot of anxiety and stress. It also allows for the home to be more realistically priced in some instances. For example, if you find out the home needs a new roof, but you do not want to invest in a new roof, it is likely you will want to adjust your price accordingly, or at least be prepared for a price reduction. On the plus side, if you get a fairly clean pre-listing home inspection report, you may wish to let your pricing reflect this (raise pricing perhaps). Most buyers will still have their own inspector inspect your home. However it conveys a positive attitude to the buyer when you have your own inspection. Presenting a list of the repaired items is also positive. Simply put, having a pre-Listing inspection can reduce anxiety, save money, and make for a smoother and quicker home sale.

Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as:

  • It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third party.
  • It alerts you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
  • It may alert you to items of immediate concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
  • It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that …
  • Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  • You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
  • It helps you to price your home realistically.
  • It may relieve prospects’ concerns and suspicions.
  • It may encourage the buyer to waive his inspection contingency.
  • It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.

Copies of the inspection report, along with receipts for any repairs, should be made available to potential buyers. A Pre-Sale Home Inspection will take an average of 2.5 – 3 hours to complete.

A Pre-Sale Home Inspection will cover these eight systems:

Roof covering & decking, flashings, rafters & trusses, chimneys, skylights, vents, gutters & downspouts

House siding, caulking, downspouts, paths near house, attached decks and porches, grading & sod

Foundation, framing, floor systems, rafters & trusses

Floors, walls, windows, doors, skylights, locks, ceilings

Water heater, plumbing systems including sinks, showers, baths and showers

Service drop, electrical panel, wiring, outlets & switches

Furnaces, hot water heaters, air conditioners, heat recovery ventilator (HRV) their shut-off valves and switches.

Attic and wall insulation, roof vents


Optional service:

Infrared Thermography
Inspect the roof system, walls, floors, windows, the electrical and plumbing systems for hidden problems. Book the Infrared Thermography Inspection at the same time as your pre-Purchase Home Inspection and save $150!


Pre-Sale Home Inspection Pricing

We charge $450 for our Home Inspection. The fee is due on the day and time of the inspection and can be paid in cash, credit card, Apple Pay, Android Pay or INTERAC Flash. HST is extra.


Erwin Gerrits, CPI, is a Certified Professional Inspector®, and has completed Carson Dunlop’s Home Inspection Program with Honours at Algonquin College.