Home Inspections Are Invaluable
You’ve made an offer on your dream home, the sellers accepted it and you are under contract. Your next task is to have the home inspected.
In Colorado, there is a “Inspection Objection Deadline” by which date you need to let the sellers know what issues you want them to repair, replace or remedy. If you and the sellers cannot come to an agreement, you have the right to terminate the contract.
How to Choose a Home Inspector
Realtor.com suggests you consider the following 5 areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
- Qualifications – know what is included in your home inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
- Sample Reports – ask for a sample inspection report so you can review what will be inspected.
- References – do your homework. Ask for phone numbers and names of past clients you can call to ask about their experience.
- Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors. Membership in one of these organizations often means there is continuing training and education provided.
- Errors & Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over.
I recommend buyers be at the home inspection. This way, you can ask questions during the inspection and see firsthand any issues that should be addressed or fixed.
Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof, crawling around in the attic, and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to uncover any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, heating & air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, the fireplace & chimney, the foundation and so much more!
Real Estate Bottom Line
Work with a qualified professional to give you the most information possible about your new home so that you can make an educated decision about your purchase.