The process of buying a house is a lengthy one. Once the seller of a house accepts a buyer’s offer, the buyer comes under a contract. It is then that you can initiate a home inspection process.
Home inspections in Colorado can be scheduled immediately after a buyer comes under a contract. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about home inspections in Colorado.
Homebuyers need to arrange for a home inspection before what is known as the “inspection objection.” Inspection objection refers to the date on which a buyer must inform the seller about the repairs or maintenance work they wish to carry out in the house.
How Long Does A Home Inspector Require To Complete The Process?
Depending on the kind of home a buyer is investing in, the home inspection process may take about 2-3 hours. If the house in question is a big one, an old one, or a fixer-upper, the inspection will take longer than 3 hours. Also, a home inspector would need extra time if the sewer scope is included in the inspection process.
A buyer may or may not be present during the home inspection. However, their presence is highly recommended. In a few states, realtors are restricted from attending home inspections as it is believed that they might exert their influence during the inspection.
Home inspectors are expected to examine the following elements of a home:
- Basement or crawlspace
- Heating or cooling system
- Electrical system
- Foundation of the house
- Walls and ceilings
- Floors and windows
The home inspection process in Colorado does not include radon testing and sewer scopes. But these are highly recommended. Also, home inspectors will not evaluate the quality of an item or items in the house that they cannot access.
Sellers need to ensure that the home inspector and the buyer (if present) can explore every nook and cranny of the house during the inspection. Also, before the arrival of the home inspector, they can do the following:
- Get all the drains cleaned,
- Check for any sign of water leakage,
- Flush all the toilets,
- Caulk around sinks, windows, doors, and windows,
- Have the furnace filter replaced,
- Get all broken bulbs replaced,
- Ensure the presence of carbon monoxide detectors,
- Have all the pilot lights turned on,
- Check if the grading is appropriate and if the water flows away from the house,
- Ensure the presence of a downspout extension,
- Ensure if the fuse box is labeled,
- Have damaged window screens replaced, and so on.
If any defects are discovered during the home inspection, a buyer might request the seller to carry out all the repairs and maintenance work before they close the deal.
Buyers invest their time, energy, and money in the buying and the inspection process. If any major issues are found with the house, they may terminate the contract. So, sellers must ensure that the house to be sold is in a safe and habitable condition.
A buyer may receive their inspection report either on the same day or a few days after the inspection. The inspection report will contain all the details along with pictures.
So, if a buyer fails to be present on the day of the inspection, they need not worry. The inspection report will have all the details they need to know before they finally close the deal.
Home inspectors will also describe and classify all the issues in the report. This can help buyers understand the severity of those issues. For instance, this includes their recommendation after describing each issue in detail.
On some occasions, a home inspector will recommend the buyer to hold another inspection. After carefully reviewing the inspection report, the buyer can decide what they would request the seller to repair.
If no issues are found, the buyer may finalize the deal.
The seller can address all the issues in the following ways:
- They may decide to carry out the repairs on their own.
- They can hire a contractor to carry out the repairs.
- They can choose to give some credit to the buyer with which they can cover future repair costs.
- The seller can choose not to carry out any repair at all.
Home inspections can take up some time. As a result, the entire experience of buying a house becomes a lengthy one. However, house inspections allow homebuyers to buy a safe and habitable house and prevent their money from going to waste.