Mark the Home Inspection off your sale check list
If you have ever been through the process of buying or selling a home, you know that the inspection is a pretty important part. Sometimes the results of an inspection can make or break the sale, so most buyers and sellers take it very seriously. It can change the price of the home, the timeline of the sale, or even lead to the rewriting of an entire contract. Regardless of whether you are on the buying or selling end, you want the inspection to be thorough so you will want an inspector that has experience and/or an inspection company with a trusted reputation.
A thorough and appropriate home inspection should include at minimum a look at the exterior, landscape, roof, gutters/drainage, and foundation and structure of all buildings on a property. But like mentioned, that is just the basic coverage. Such a home inspection should also cover mold, rodents, heating, cooling, carbon dioxide, plumbing, appliances, fireplaces, and flooring. And if you are getting a home inspected in Colorado, you definitely have radon to worry about. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that seeps into homes through cracks or holes in a foundation. Regular exposure to radon can be extremely dangerous to your health. It naturally occurs in the soil around homes and can leak it no matter what sort of protections you put in place. To remedy the situation a mitigation system must be put in place. Most homes in Colorado already have these, but if not the home inspection should determine if it is necessary. Of all the things that you might want a home seller to cover, a radon mitigation system is one of them. It is dangerous for anyone living in the home to be exposed, so this should not be something that anyone would dispute. Knowledgeable home inspectors have radon inspection at the top of their list when looking at homes with basements or crawl spaces.
Another big part of many inspections is the roof. Your inspector should physically take a close look at the roof on all sides, including the gutters, drainage, and air ventilation. If your inspector just looks from the ground and writes a report, you’re not dealing with the right people. Like I said, the home inspection report is a necessity when a property or building is being sold from one to another. This is not a cheap transaction so you want to be in the know about every little detail. For a Colorado home inspection, keep radon at the top of your list. But also make sure that every little piece of a home is looked at and discussed so that a decision can be make by the buyers and sellers about what needs to be covered and what it OK to leave. The inspector will also give you a report on what must legally be taken care of, what may be harmful to health, and what is minor and can be put off for another time. All in all, an inspection is one of the most vital parts of a home sale and should not be taken lightly.