Performance Realty
Brokerage, Independently Owned and Operated


Barb Reynolds
Jenn Reynolds
Sales Representative

Rural Estates

Country Living

Prelisting Inspection

Well and Septic


Prelisting Inspection for Rural Homes

You know the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. While the saying is predominantly used when speaking of health, it is true when selling your home as well!   Consider what happens when you accept an offer to purchase your home.  The buyer typically has about a week to get his financing in order and do a home inspection.

So many times we have seen where the home inspection is booked for the day before the condition is due, and then when a problem is found (like a crack in the foundation, or a problem with the furnace) the buyer asks for a reduction in price so the deal will go through.   And when there is not enough time to get a quote on how much the deficiency will cost, the seller is often left frustrated by having to “settle”.  

How much easier it is when you have had a pre-listing inspection done ahead of time by a home inspector.  That way the minor or major things that can frighten off a buyer or decrease the value of your home can be attended to.  Fewer surprises and less stress is always a good thing when selling!  Call us for a list of the home inspectors we have used and highly recommend!  



Selling Checklist- Prior to Listing:
  •   Have a water test done. If it is not 0-0, repeat every week until 3 readings of 0-0 are obtained

  •   Look for a survey, well records and permit, septic drawings and compliance certificate 

  •   Consider having a well inspection done. That way if there is a problem with the quantity or quality of the water or the well, it can either be looked after prior to listing and there will be no surprises during a buyers inspection- or the repair costs can be taken into consideration when pricing your home.

  •   Find the well record ( if you do not have one, contact the Ministry of the Environment to obtain a copy)

  •   Look for the well cap and clear away any vegetation from it. The current standard is for the cap to be 12” above ground.

  •   Consider having the septic pumped and examined.

  •   Make sure you disclose any knowledge of abandoned wells, whether de-commissioned or not, or soil contamination from oil/ fuel leaks /sewage

  •   Check equipment that will be remaining with the home- are the appliances defective? Is the hot water tank owned or rented? What about the alarm system, the water treatment/ softener?  Does the sump pump work?

  •   Have the furnace cleaned and serviced.

  •   Decide what chattels you will be including in the sale and make a list. Appliances? Window coverings? Shed? Pool and equipment? Generator? Lawn tractor?

  •   Find a current tax bill. If you do not have one, call the city to ask about the total current taxes, including dollars and cents

  •   Find a copy of any Home Owners Association documentation and current year's dues.

  •   Have a spare key for us- for the house, garage and any outbuildings. If you have them newly made, please check them first to ensure they fit!


You can call us at any time if you have questions!


Tel: (613) 238-2801
Toll Free: 1-877-757-7386
Fax: (613) 238-458
165 Pretoria Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 1X1
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