What is a ‘Pre-Sale’ Inspection & How Can it Help?

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Muskoka Real Estate Matters – By Maggie Tomlinson

As we enjoy mid September in Muskoka, it is my pleasure to share with the Muskokan readership a series of informative editorials with tips for buying and selling Muskoka real estate in 2021.  Last week we looked at the difference between Exclusive and MLS listings. Now let’s explore one way that sellers can be proactive when it comes time to sell their homes or cottages.

As a real estate broker working with buyers, it is usual for a home inspection to be recommended as part of the offer process. A certified inspector can assist buyers by providing the knowledge and practical information necessary to make the right purchase decision and to feel secure about their investment.

But sellers can also benefit from having a ‘pre-sale’ inspection done. In this case, the seller arranges and is able to attend the inspection, whereas usually just the buyer and the buyer’s agent would be present. The seller is then provided with a detailed report of the findings, allowing for any issues to be dealt with prior to listing the home or cottage for sale. This can help sellers by not having to re-negotiate following a buyer’s home inspection, and the peace of mind provided often assists with a speedier sale at a higher price.

In addition to buildings and septics being inspected, sellers can also arrange for a W.E.T.T. (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) Inspection for homes and cottages with wood burning appliances. A W.E.T.T. Certificate ensures compliance and is required by insurance companies, so providing this document for buyers will also help to expedite a sale.

Have high expectations of your realtor, ask questions & be proactive when you are ready to sell real estate in Muskoka.

Until next time – stay safe on the water & on our roads – and happy buying and selling!


Maggie Tomlinson is a professional Real Estate Broker with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, serving her clients from the heart of Muskoka. Maggie has successfully been actively marketing and selling cottages, homes, vacant land and commercial properties for years.
If you have any questions about buying or selling, your answers are always just a phone call or email away.
705.644.9283[email protected]

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