How To Avoid The Most Expensive Repairs When Selling Your House in Ontario

Being proactive when it comes to your house can save you a lot of time and money in repairs. This definitely becomes apparent when it is time to list your house for sale on the market. Think about when a potential buyer walks through and try to see things from their perspective. Unless your home is new or recently renovated, you may soon realize that you’ll be pouring even more money into the property in order to sell. These expenses could range from low-cost quick touch-ups to major structural fixes, which can easily run into the tens of thousands, especially in older homes. Let’s discuss the most expensive repairs homeowners face when selling their homes in Ontario and how you can avoid them.


One of the most dangerous combinations in a home is water and your foundation. Issues with a foundation can be one of the most costly repairs when selling your house in Ontario. Is there water pooling in the basement or around the outer edges of the foundation? Are there visible cracks in the foundation walls or on the floor? One of the best ways to avoid foundation issues is to ensure the grading around your house pushes the water away from the foundation. In addition, you may need to waterproof your basement, either from the inside or around the exterior of the house but this can be very costly.


Roof repairs can also be a very expensive surprise for homeowners to face when selling their house in Ontario. A leaking roof can create extensive water damage, leading to water stains on the ceiling, compromising the integrity of the house and even mold growth. Mold will need to be remediated before listing your property and can be quite expensive depending how widespread the mold is. For this reason, it is important to have your roof inspected every 3-5 years by a roofing professional. You’ll want to watch for any worn shingles or weak spots that may appear. 


Based on the material used when your home was built and the method of installation, plumbing leaks can become very costly repairs homeowners must deal with when selling. You can avoid most plumbing issues from becoming far more serious by acting quickly. If you notice that your water bill has surprisingly gone up recently you’ll need to be certain there isn’t a leak behind the walls, under the flooring, or even underground. Look around your water tank for signs of a leak at the base.

Heating and Cooling System

Lack of maintenance is the main cause of required replacement of your furnace or air conditioning. By having a professional perform regularly scheduled maintenance you can significantly extend the life of these systems and save yourself a lot of money on replacement or repairs. 

Paying for repairs before you ever realize a penny of profit from the deal is disappointing if not impossible for some. If you’d like to avoid paying for the most expensive repairs homeowners face when selling their homes in Ontario you can avoid these and many more unexpected costs by selling directly to SLG Home Buyer! Send us a message or call 647-490-1334 today!

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