Inspection Services for a Variety of
Home Ownership Needs
A home inspection is a visual inspection of a structure completed by a qualified professional who is trained and has experience in evaluating all the components of a house and who is able to give a clear and concise picture of the condition of the home. It is important to remember that a home inspection is basically visual in nature with no intrusive digging or drilling involved.
Once the Home Inspection has been scheduled; it’s best if you can attend. This is an excellent time for you to ask questions, write notes, and take room measurements. If you are unable to attend, a friend or relative could attend in your place. Your realtor may also attend. The typical inspection lasts 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the type, size, and condition of the home. The seller of the home is usually not present. This allows for open dialogue and communication between the inspector, buyer, and realtor.
A home inspection should focus on the following: clearly identifying any potential or significant defects that could affect the buying decision and identifying any items in need of repair or components reaching the end of their lifespan. This information will also help you to plan for future maintenance of the home.
The Report is sent via email within 24 hours of the completed inspection. It is, however, more typical to have the report by the end of the day.
Should you get a home inspection if your home is just one year old? The answer is yes. Most likely, you have noticed some issues with the property and have probably been making a list. You could try to negotiate this with the builder or you could get a professional home inspection done.
Newly constructed homes usually come with a one year limited warranty. To the untrained eye, defects may not be visible. Typical issues include improper drainage around the foundation, improperly installed roof covering and/or flashing, water intrusion issues, plumbing leaks, and improper wiring of electrical receptacles, switches and/or fixtures. Many of these issues can be resolved quite easily but if left undetected, can be costly down the road.
With a 1-year warranty inspection, construction defects can be documented. You can then discuss those defects with the builder prior to the one-year warranty expiration. This inspection should be scheduled at least 1 month prior to the expiration date of the warranty.
A detailed explanation and comprehensive report are provided within 24 hours of the inspection. Please view the sample report to get a better idea of the components covered and the report format
Fifty-five percent of our exposure to natural sources of radiation usually comes from radon. Radon is a colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Levels of radon throughout the country vary. Radon is found all over the United States and scientists estimate that nearly one out of every 15 homes in this country have radon levels above the recommended standard of 4.0 pCi/L.
Radon usually moves from the ground up and migrates into homes and buildings through cracks and other holes in their foundations. The structures trap radon gas inside where it accumulates and may become a health hazard if the building is not properly ventilated.
Addition information can be found at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/HM_radon-CDPHE-Radon-and-Real-Estate.pdf and http://co-radon.info where they have additional information about county radon levels, radon maps, and other Radon news.