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Home Inspection Denver

February 17, 2012


How to choose a Home Inspector

The answer is simple right?  Get the guy who cost the least and go with it!  Whoa Nelly!  That’s probably not a smart idea.  Let’s talk about a scenario for a moment.  You’ve found the home you want to purchase.  It looks fabulous, right paint, right carpet, everything has finally fallen into place.  You pick a home inspector that is cost effective.  He’s only been doing it six months, but they all have the same training right?  He tells you that you need to have a few minor things adjusted and you do that.  Two weeks later you close on your new home.  Two months later, cracks begin showing up in walls and the doors won’t close properly.  Your home inspector missed a foundation problem that is now going to cost $60,000 to remedy.  Had you known, you wouldn’t have bought the home.  Still like the home inspector who is least expensive?  Be well informed, this is the biggest purchase you will make!

When looking for a home inspection in Denver there are several things to pay attention to:

Is the home inspector you’ve chosen a member in good standing with and the Better Business Bureau.  Do they have a lot of complaints?  Do they have unresolved complaints?  Don’t just look at the grade, dig a little deeper!

Does your home inspector meet all the laws and regulations in Denver?

Ask the home inspection company about their training and their experience. Make sure the home inspector that is coming to your home has at least three years of experience.

Ask the home inspection company about their licensing, if they are a member of a professional home inspection organization so that you know they follow a code of ethics.  Some of these include ASHI SO, InterNACHI SOP, NAHISOP and CAHPI SOP.

Most inspectors are one person companies and many of these inspectors charge more than their competition.  Please see the first paragraph of this article for the reason why!

Make sure the home inspector you use gives you a detailed report of what they found with pictures and ask for it to be given to you in an email format as well.  You’ll want to send a copy to all parties involved in your transaction.  You can surely request a sample report from your home inspection company to make sure they are giving you sound information and not just a bunch of useless info!

Make sure that you actually go with your home inspector to check out what he’s talking about.  Pictures tell you a lot, but you want to be there to see what he is seeing.  Ask questions.  Remember there are no stupid questions and make sure that you home inspector is well equipped with a flashlight, electrical, fuel gas and carbon monoxide testers, a ladder, a level and other tools.

What should your home inspector be looking for?  Structural issues is a big one.  If your home inspector is not a licensed structural engineer, you may want to hire one.   Colorado is huge for moving foundations due to our soil conditions and it could save you literally thousands in the long run.   Your home inspector should do a thorough evaluation on your plumbing , air conditioning, heating, water heater, and electrical systems.  The home inspector should check for aluminum wiring, electrical systems that are not up to code, lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes and the age of all your homes systems should be checked.

A good home inspector will also check for termites and other wood destroying insects, mold, and radon.  In addition, the home inspector should rule out asbestos materials anywhere around the home.

Well, that’s a good start.  All of the home inspection companies on have been interviewed and pre-screened so you know you are using a reputable company.  We always suggest that you do your own due diligence and meet with several companies to be sure you are getting the best home inspection you can for your dollar.