FREQUENTLY ASKED INSPECTION QUESTIONS

 

Absolutely! Most builders try to provide a high quality house, but they have to balance that with staying competitive. For builders, a lot of the work is done by sub-contractors, so the quality of the home is based on the subcontractors.

Municipal inspectors try to do a good job but they are generally over-worked, often having to look at many homes in a day. A thorough home inspection takes hours, not minutes. If you’re not convinced yet then look at some sample photos (photo gallery)nw01.html of defects I’ve found in new construction. 

The cost of a home inspection is usually a small fraction of the cost to repair the problems discovered. The minimum fee of $250 will cover smaller homes that are fairly new. Condominium inspection fees are lower. Fees are higher for larger homes and older homes because they take longer to inspect. See pricing page or contact me for a quote. 

A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the major systems in the house including structure, roof, exterior, heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, basement/crawlspace and the interior. I follow the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI® Standards of Practice. To get a better idea of what’s included in the inspection, see the example reports.

Yes, if is suggested and I prefer that you attend the inspection or at least the tail end of the inspection to get the most benefit.

  • Make sure that all utilities turned on (water, electric and gas).
  • Make sure all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights turned on.
  • Clear access to areas like attics, crawl spaces, electric panels and furnaces.
  • Unlock areas such as storage closets, electric panels and crawl space hatches.
  • Come with questions.

 

Normally the next business day after the inspection by e-mail. When scheduling, please let me know your deadline. 

Issues may be found that weren’t expected. That’s why you hired a home inspector. No house is perfect, not even new construction. Every situation and market is different — it’s up to you and your real estate agent to decide how to proceed after the inspection. 

To date, there is no licensing requirements for home inspectors in Colorado. 

I am a ASI certified inspector, the oldest, largest and most respected professional society in the industry. 

Your understanding of the home is why the inspection is being performed. You can ask questions for as long as you own your home.