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 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.
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.
What should you NOT expect? A home inspection is designed to inform the buyer or homeowner of the current status of the home along with items in need of repair or replacement. This inspection is not a protection against future failures. Things happen. Stuff breaks. Furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters will come to the end of their useful life. You may want to discuss a home warranty with your realtor if you are looking for future protection.
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
In Denver, Colorado 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. Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.
Should you have your home tested? There are ways to fix the radon problem that are not too costly. Even homes with very high levels can be reduced to below 4.0 pCi/L. The EPA recommends that you use an EPA or state approved contractor to fix the radon problems. The higher the radon level, the higher potential for health risks to you and your family.