What To Expect During Your Home Inspection In Colorado Springs
How Long Will It Take?
The time to perform a home inspection varies due to differences in the sizes, age, and overall condition on the home. In general you can expect the inspection to last around 2 – 2 1/2 hours, however this time could extend further depending on the size of the home, any additional testing you opt for and how accessible the home is.
When Will I Receive the Report?
Our home inspectors use a software system where most notations are done on site and they just add finishing touches so the turn around time is very quick. You and your Realtor will receive your home inspection report by the following morning.
Do I Need to Be There?
Completely your choice! The report you receive is very detailed with pictures and descriptions throughout so if you are unable to attend you will still see what the inspector sees. Being there does give the home inspector a chance at the end of the inspection to answer any questions and show you components of your new home such as water shut off valves, breaker panels, etc. However, some buyers choose to come toward the end for this reason, if they can’t attend the entire time.
How Can I Pay?
Payment is due at the time of inspection unless otherwise prearranged, please call in if you payment cannot be made before you are needing the report. In our initial confirmation email we send you there is a link to pay via card if you would like to take care of it ahead of time. The Inspector can accept a check or cash on site as well or you are welcome to call the office to make a payment.
What Other Services Do You Suggest?
Our additional services can add piece of mind to buying a home, they are reasonably priced and gives a more in depth picture into the condition of the home. Our aim is to keep the home inspection cost low, so instead of including these services as a package we give them as an option so that you can decide what may be important to you. The most common additional services we perform are radon testing and video sewer scopes as radon levels can be high in Colorado and sewer line repairs can get expensive quickly. Please click for details on additional services we offer and the pricing.
Why Get A Home Inspection?
A thorough inspection of your house will let you be aware of any issues. To make sure you don’t get stuck with the costs of unforeseen repairs, consider making your offer on a home contingent on a successful review by an independent home inspector. Unlike an appraiser, who typically works for the lender, the inspector will be working for you. He or she will spend more time looking for deficiencies.
A home appraisal is conducted to get an estimate of the property’s value as it relates to the loan or mortgage
insurance. It won’t give you a detailed list of defects or explain hidden problems. The acceptance of an appraisal report by a lender is no guarantee that the dwelling is free from serious defects.
A good inspection will tell you about every aspect of the home you are interested in. It will include an evaluation of the condition of the home’s heating, central air conditioning, plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, floors, foundation and structure. Mold, water damage and termite damage are among the problems inspectors typically check for.
Your real estate agent may have a list of home inspectors that he or she has used. Before you hire one, ask for
recommendations and check credentials. In some states, inspectors must be licensed. Find out if they are members of professional associations that offer continuing education. Ask how much experience they have and how many home inspections they perform each year. Make sure they specialize in residential inspections. If you aren’t completely satisfied, find another candidate.
An Inspection Should Be Thorough
They should describe their findings in detail and provide suggestions for what can be done to correct any problems. Some inspectors will allow the buyer to accompany them on their tour of the home. Not all buyers are comfortable crawling under a house or climbing into an attic.
More often, inspectors take clients on a tour after the inspection to review their findings. A good inspector will use this time to familiarize clients with shut-off valves, heating and air conditioning units and breaker panels. If you are eager to purchase a home, you may fear that the inspection will slow you down or complicate negotiations. But it’s much better to be aware of problems before you buy. Finding flaws won’t necessarily change your mind about buying the property and may even put you in a better negotiating position. If the inspection shows that repairs are necessary, you may decide to offer to pay for the improvements yourself in return for a reduced sale price. That way you can oversee the work and make sure that it is done your way. Since you are planning to live in the home, your repair standards
may be higher than those of the seller.