If you’re like most people, your home is the probably the biggest single investment you’ll make in your lifetime.
But at the same time, while you might be totally in love with the location or the layout, you might not be qualified to determine whether your new home has proper electrical wiring, or plumbing, or gas valves—just to name a few items.
Hidden “flaws” that might not be apparent at the showing can end up causing you a lot of stress—and costing a lot of money—if you don’t detect them before finalizing the sale.
So how do you make sure your investment is a sound one?
The best way to protect your most important asset is to hire a great home inspector, before closing. In short, you should call Colorado Residential Inspection & Consulting Services, Inc.
What Does a Home Inspector Do?
A good home inspector will make a thorough inspection, examination, and evaluation of a home’s current condition—inside and out. Everything we find will be placed into a detailed report, with a full accounting of the good, the bad, and ugly.
From the report, you’ll not only be able to identify the most critical safety issues demanding immediate attention, but also estimates on the remaining lifespan of major appliances and equipment, and a list of more minor issues throughout the home that can be gradually fixed or improved over time.
The home inspection is an essential component of the home buying process, and protects you from making costly mistakes. If an inspector discovers large, unforeseen problems with the condition of the home before closing, you may decide to ask the current owner to make concessions, revise the offer, or even walk away from the purchase if necessary.
What Does a Home Inspector Evaluate?
Areas of examination include, but may not be limited to the following areas.
Attic. Inspecting the attic is critical for many reasons. Damaged trusses or rafters could indicate the risk of a roof collapse. Inadequate insulation can mean expensive heating and cooling bills. We may also notice evidence of previous fire or water damage.
Electrical system. This is often the most extensive portion of the inspection. We’ll examine all components are wired correctly and operating safely—service cable, conductors, grounding equipment, electric panel and fuse box, etc. Faults in the electrical system can damage electrical equipment or even pose a risk of fire.
HVAC system. Your home’s entire heating and cooling system will be inspected for health, safety, and working condition. This includes the furnace, hot water heater, central air conditioning, filters, supply pipes, etc.
Plumbing. We test all piping, drains, waste systems, sump pumps, and other components of your water system for signs of leakage and mineral deposits.
Radon testing. Radon is a radioactive gas that is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States (after smoking). It is odorless, colorless, and can enter your house through the ground and cracks in the foundation. Testing is the only way to find out if the radon content in your home is within safe levels. We test these levels for you and alert you if it is present.
Ceilings, wall, floors, stairs. Interior structural components are examined for signs of leakage, mold, cracking, and other problems that could jeopardize the safety of your home.
Basements and crawl spaces. You might not think much about your basement or crawl space, but they can often reveal the early warning signs of bigger problems—foundation damage, pests, hazardous materials, ventilation, etc.
Chimney, roofing, and skylights. We’ll check the health of your roofing, looking for loose shingles and weatherproofing (flashings), proper sealants on chimneys, etc. We’ll also provide an estimate of the roof’s age and approximately when you might need to re-roof.
Siding, windows, and trim. Siding and windows are important barriers protecting your home from the elements, and need to be examined for evidence of rotting, water damage, and structural decay. Windows should be able to glide smoothly, and we check to make sure there aren’t any broken seals between the panes.
Gutters, downspouts, splash blocks. These exterior components of your home ensure that rainwater is funneled away from your home so it can’t flood your basement or damage the foundation. We’ll ensure all components are in good repair and properly positioned, and note any debris or blockage.
Driveways and sidewalks. Cracks, fractures, and even waves in pavement aren’t just a visual nuisance. They also could indicate deeper issues like sinking pavement, soil erosion, and other problems.
Patios, decks, porches. We’ll make sure your outdoor living spaces are in good shape and safe to use.
How Long Does an Inspection Take?
Inspection times vary depending on the size of the property, but almost all can be completed within half a day. You do not have to be present for the inspection, but many potential homebuyers find it valuable to do so.
Within a few business days after the inspection, we’ll send you the full, detailed report of your home’s condition along with our specific recommendations for items that need to be repaired, replaced, or improved.
Why Should I Hire Colorado Residential Inspection and Consulting Services to Inspect My Home?
Our values: We stand by our commitment to thoroughness, quality, and customer service. We strive to give you the best, most accurate, and most valuable information every time.
Our experience: Our chief inspector, Trevor Roberts, has worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years. He maintains master plumbing and master mechanical licenses, as well as North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Inspection Certification Associates (ICA) certifications. In short, we know what to look for and know how the trades operate. We know how to do it right—and know all the ways contractors typically cut corners when they do it wrong.
Our technology and practices: We are always looking for ways to improve our ability to fully inspect and verify the condition of your home. This now includes the use of drones to inspect hard-to-reach or unsteady locations safely and carefully.
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To schedule an inspection, please give us a call today at (720) 534-1197.