Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Professional And Honest Pre-Listing Home Inspection Services In The Thompson-Okanagan Areas
Pre-Listing Home Inspections
Rivers Edge Inspections provides Pre-Listing Home Inspections in Kamloops and the Thompson-Okanagan areas.
All properties are required to have an inspection completed before the sale of a home can be completed. We specialize in providing fast, honest, and accurate pre-listing home inspections.
What Is A Pre-Listing Home Inspection?
A pre-listing home inspection is usually done by the seller of a property. The intention of the home inspection is to uncover any potential surprise problems that could derail the sale of the home.
Remain In Control Of The Sale
The knowledge of what is in excellent condition and what is not can help a home seller decide what actions to take to get the most from their investment.
You the seller have 2 choices when selling your home.
1) When you do the home inspection, you have control of the pre-inspection knowledge and can either lower your price to compensate for deficiencies, fix problems and raise the value of your home, and be honest with your potential buyers.
2) The buyer gets the home inspection performed which can delay the sales process, bring up issues not previously disclosed which forms mistrust, or can cancel the sale altogether.
Advantages Of A Pre-Listing Home Inspection
Why get a pre-listing home inspection? What are the advantages?
An inspection done by the seller discloses problems in advance to allow the seller to either fix issues in advance or present them as is.
This can help assure that the first accepted offer can move quickly and smoothly to closing without delay due to problems found later on by the buyer.
Sell For More
Seller inspections promote openness and total transaction transparency which establishes trust, a positivity that can help push sale prices higher and earns more offers.
If the house is found to be in better condition than originally thought, the price can reflect this.
It is normal to worry that your home may have some hidden problems that you are not aware of.
With a pre-listing inspection, you will not have to worry about what the buyer inspector will find as you and the buyer will already know the issues, reinforcing trust and credibility.
Use As A Marketing Tool
The agents of the home seller can use the inspection report as a marketing tool that can help sell the home.
It gives prospective buyers more confidence in moving forward with the purchase of your home and differentiates the listing, showing that you are upfront and trustworthy.
The inspection report provides the buyers with an independent, unbiased opinion from a third party, which they can use to learn more about the property
The inspection report gives full disclosure of the property, therefore, reducing liability for you and your agent.
You have the time to shop around for competitive contractors who can make the repairs or make the repairs yourself if qualified which can save you a lot of money.
You may also decide to report them as is and adjust the price. Adjusting the price is the easiest way to go.
What Is Involved In A Home Inspection?
Here are some of the main components of a home inspection. There are many subcategories throughout these examples but this gives you an overview of what we will be looking for.
Structure & Foundation
The foundation of your home is the most important aspect of your house for yourself and your family's safety. Damage, improper sizing, improper materials, and other factors can lead to everything from unsightly cracks, to complete structural failure of the home.
Through an in-depth investigation into the integrity of the foundations, footings, columns, beams, and all other visible and readily accessible structural members, we can ensure the house is a safe home for you and the ones you love.
Roof and Chimney
Water leakage through the roof can occur for a variety of reasons such as physical deterioration of the asphalt shingles (e.g. curling or splitting), improper or rusted flashing, mechanical damage from a wind storm, leaking skylight. The chimney of your house is of vital importance because it not only allows heat to safely escape, but it makes sure poisonous gasses aren't entering your home endangering your family.
Our home inspection will assess the conditions of your shingles (or other roof coverings), roof penetrations, flashings, skylights, gutters, downspouts, and chimneys. We will look for any evidence of leaks, wear, damage, or any other issue that may affect your roof or chimney.
Exterior & Windows
The exterior of your home is what gives it that ever-important curb appeal. It is also what protects you from the elements of nature and provides security to you and your family.
Our home inspection includes the cladding on your home (siding, brick, stucco), windows, doors, garages, decks, railings, stairs, and driveway. We thoroughly look for any damage, missing components, improper material, and anything else which can affect the function and safety of your home.
Defective plumbing can manifest itself in different ways: leaking, clogging, cross-contaminated water, and freezing pipes. A leaky faucet or old toilet can waste a lot of money and energy for any residence. A leaking, damaged or frozen pipe could cause major damage to your home and belongings.
Through a comprehensive visual inspection of the piping and with the use of thermal imaging we will be able to detect these issues. We will also test the water pressure in your home, check all faucets and fixtures.
Basement & Attic
Basement dampness, problems with ventilation, insulation, and vapor barriers can cause water, moisture, mold, and mildew to form. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure, and building materials, As well as health hazards to you and your family.
Our home inspection will look for any issues of water damage or condensation. We will also check that the insulation and vapor barrier to make sure that they are doing their job correctly. All ventilation will be inspected to make sure it is working properly and is sufficient.
Insulation is an important part of your home. It will help keep your family warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Improperly insulated homes will cost more money to heat or cool. An improperly insulated home may also lead to condensation, which may cause rot and eventually lead to structural failure.
Through the use of infrared technology, we can determine issues with missing, or not enough insulation. We will also visibly check all accessible insulation in the basement and attic to make sure it is properly installed and adequate.
Unsafe electrical situations can lead to no power, a fire, or even death. Our home inspection will determine what type of wiring is used in your home, if your electrical panel is safe and sufficient, test all GFCI's, AFCI's, check a representative number of switch’s and outlets
Other parts of the home that we will inspect will be stairs, interior doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, appliances, walls, floors, and ceilings.
We will check that they all perform their function, look for any sagging or other structural concerns, evidence of ongoing or prior leakage, damage, and safety.
Appliances will be inspected to make sure they all work properly. During the home inspection process we will run the dishwasher, check the elements and hood fan for the range. We also inspect the refrigerator, microwave, garburator and garage door to make sure they all work and operate safely.
Heating & Cooling Systems
Insufficient insulation, and an inadequate or poorly functioning heating system, are the most common causes of poor heating. While an adequately clean furnace, without rust on the heat exchanger, usually has life left in it, we will check to ensure your furnace is not over its typical life span of 15-25 yrs.
We will also inspect in-floor heating using infrared technology to determine its working properly.
The hot water tank and air condition units will also be inspected to determine that they are working properly and safely, and are not near the end of their life.
Read about the HIABC Scope of Inspection click HERE