Whether you’re a property agent, a buyer, or a seller, settling on a price for the property calls for a celebration. But it’s not over yet! You need to get the home inspected by a trustworthy home inspector. A home inspector’s responsibility is to determine if a house is safe for dwelling and if any repair or maintenance work is carried out.
Home inspections also help to determine if all the construction standards have been observed or not. In the end, homebuyers get a home inspection report – but it doesn’t have any fail or pass rating.
However, a home inspection differs from a municipal or regulatory home inspection, which is meant to determine if the local building codes have been followed during the construction. Here’s what you need to know.
Finding A Reliable Home Inspector Or Home Inspection Service
Finding a reliable home inspector is not always easy. Home inspectors and home inspection services in Colorado do not require a license. So, it is important to verify if the home inspector or the inspection service is qualified enough to perform a house inspection or not.
Choosing an InterNACHI or ASHI-certified home inspection service would be the perfect thing to do. Looking into a sample inspection report prepared by the home inspector is another good practice. A home inspector with work experience in the following fields can also be relied upon:
The home inspector prepares a home inspection report after completing the home inspection. This report includes detailed descriptions of a house with the home inspector’s suggestions for repair and maintenance work.
The standard Colorado, real estate purchase contract makes it mandatory for sellers to provide buyers with compensation in case certain conditions are deemed unsatisfactory by the buyers.
The contract also permits buyers to adjust the price of the house they wish to buy or to put an end to the contract altogether.
To ensure that a house is in a safe and habitable state, home inspectors need to examine every nook and cranny of a house with utmost attention and care.
A home inspector needs to:
- Inspect the outer part of the house and the surroundings.
- Ensure if the house is situated on solid ground.
- Note if the house is situated close to things or factors that can affect the integrity of the structure in the long run.
- Inspect the house foundation
- Check the exterior walls, roof coverings, gutters, and also plumbing fixtures.
- Check the conditions of doors, windows, floors, and ceilings.
While inspecting the interiors, home inspectors focus on those corners of a house that might exhibit signs of structural decay or require repairs. For instance, they inspect the basement, including the crawlspace. The other space not to miss out on – the attic!
When buying a house in Colorado, pay attention to the quality of home insulation, the air conditioning system, and the existing electrical system. Your home inspection report will help you watch out for any issues.
Check the roof condition of the house very carefully because the roof plays a major role in keeping the interior in proper condition. If there is a chimney, vent, or skylights on the roof, the property inspector should also examine them.
You should also keep an eye on the GCFI outlets in the house. If these outlets are non-functional, it is indicative of major electrical issues in the house.
Watch out for improper venting of bathroom fans into the attic, as it might lead to mold growth. Also, check if there are attic air leaks because the presence of attic air leaks could mean that there might be some problems with the insulation system.
The Other Things to Check During a Home Inspection
- It is also important to check the water mains and the basement of a house. Watch out for plumbing issues and check if all the bathtubs and shower pans in the house have been tested for leaks.
- You can also check the furnace filter as it would give you an idea regarding the furnace maintenance in the house.
- Many home inspectors also offer a few additional services, including radon testing, water testing, and termite inspection.
As a homeowner, get your houses inspected and carry out repairs and other maintenance work before putting up your houses for sale.