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Found this during a home inspection......moisture damage not visible to the naked eye.
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Ensure you have functional carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Replace them if on doubt.
http://globalnews.ca/news/2360629/family-of-three-taken-to-hospital-for-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/
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Selling your home or thinking of selling your home........

With the spring real estate market starting and the current market conditions your home needs to stand out from the rest. Pre-listing home inspections can make the seller aware of the condition the home is in. This doesn't mean the buyer should not have their own inspection, after all they need to protect their best interests as well. A pre-listing inspection allows the home to be inspected by a third party,it can give you time for repairs or estimates for any issues found and can assist in accurate pricing just to list a few benefits. The following article states the importance of pre-listing inspections from a local Real Estate Agent.

"You want me to pay for a pre-listing inspection?

Congrats! You have decided to sell your home. Now what? Besides all the de-cluttering, cleaning and sprucing up you will probably want to do to make your home shine; I recommend you have a home inspection done. “What?” you say, that’s the Buyers responsibility to have done, not mine. Before you shoo me out the door let me explain why.  Bottom line, buyers are looking for value and confidence in the home they ultimately put an offer on. What better way than to have a pre-inspection done.  Once the pre-inspection is done and you have the report in hand, you can then go about repairing the issues the Inspector has outlined.  Making a note right on the inspection report what was done to correct the issue. This way the buyers see that you are not trying to cover up any deficiencies and the inspection can also reduce your liability by complying with full disclosure to potential buyers, thus preventing an 11th hour collapse of the offer. 

What if the inspection shows that a costly system needs to be replaced?  Let’s say it’s the roof that needs to be replaced. There are a couple ways to handle this;
 1) You can go ahead and have it replaced; making sure that any warranty is transferable to the new owners. The list price of your home is reflective of a new roof. Buyers love the knowledge that they won’t need to worry about replacing it for many years and make an offer based on this knowledge.
2) You don’t have the money or the time to have it replaced.  The list price is reflective of the fact it needs a new roof. By disclosing up front the roofs’ condition, it lessens the chance of the offer falling apart at the inspection stage. The buyers made their offer already knowing the roof needs to be replaced, thus taking away their argument for a price reduction after you have accepted the offer.  If you decided to not replace it, I would then recommend you get 3 recent quotes from licenced professionals to have it replaced. You have these on hand along with the inspection report for the buyer’s to view. By doing your homework ahead of time it reduces the buyers coming back with an over inflated estimate of the cost to replace, keeping more money in your pocket in the end.

One final point; by having a pre-inspection done you have the selling edge over the majority of the other homes listed in your area for sale. Your Realtor will use this fact as a strong marketing and negotiating tool. If you had the choice between 2 houses, both with the same price, area, square footage and condition but 1 smart seller had a pre-inspection report done by a licenced Inspector for you to view, which home would you choose? 
For all your Buying and Selling needs I would be happy to answer any questions and to help you make an informed decision. "
Valerie terMors, Sutton Group Canwest
www.valtm.com or 403-991-1229
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Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Many homes that I inspect do not meet The National Fire Protection Association standards for smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. By these standards an average 2000 sqft 3 bedroom home should have approximately 6-7 smoke detectors and 3 carbon monoxide detectors. Now is a good time to assess these life saving devices in your home. Are you protecting yourself and or family properly? Check out the following links for more information regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/cosafety.pdf
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