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FAQ's

Do I need to attend the inspection? 

Yes, if possible. A home inspection is very interactive and it’s important that you receive all the information about your new home first hand. If you cannot be present, I will do my best to write a comprehensive report (including pictures) so you fully understand any problems the home may have. This report can be mailed, emailed or faxed depending on your preference.

How long does a home inspection take? 

I schedule between 2 and 3 hours. Larger homes, homes with more than the normal amount of problems, and older homes may take longer. I only schedule two inspections per day so that I can take the time needed to do a thorough job.

What does an inspection cost?

The inspection fee is based on square footage, age of the home, multiple furnaces, etc. It is usually only a small fraction of the cost of the problems discovered. Please call, describe the home and we will be glad to give you a quote.

When will I receive the report?

I generate a report on site. You will have a written report including pictures if necessary when you leave the house.

Are you insured?

Yes. I carry Errors & Omissions insurance and General Liability.

Are you licensed?

No, there are no licensing requirements for inspectors in Colorado. But I believe my experience and education speaks for itself. My background includes 20 + years of residential construction and 10 years of custom home building; I was certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (A.S.H.I) in 1990 and by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (N.A.C.H.I) in 2004 to perform home inspections; and, I have completed over 6,000 inspections in the Denver area over the last 20 years.

Do I need to hire a professional engineer?

Not unless a problem is detected during the course of your home inspection. An ASHI-NACHI certified inspector, which I am, looks at all aspects of a home, while an engineer’s inspection could be specific to his or her field. If there is a problem with your home that I cannot identify I will refer you to a qualified engineer.

What does the inspection include?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the major components of the home including the roof, water heater, furnace, electrical panel and structure. The report generated on-site advises you of any and all observations I make during the course of the inspection. I will inspect every room and aspect of the home following (usually exceeding) the Standards of Practice of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Does the seller have to fix the problems you discover?

No. My report outlines the problems found in the home - it is not a “fix-it” list for the seller. Since all home sales are different, it is up to you and your agent to decide how to proceed. 

What are the limitations of a home inspection?

The major limitation is time. This is a visual inspection, not an exhaustive one. We have only a few hours to discover all we can about your new home. With this in mind, it is impossible to discover all the defects your home may have. I will do the best job I can in the time frame allowed. 

What if I have questions after the inspection?

I pride myself on being available to you as long as you own your home. You may contact me by cell phone, e-mail or my web site. As long as I do not have to return to the home, there is no charge.

                                                

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