Too many real estate shows concentrate just on the fun part of the home buying process, looking at houses. Yes, it’s a lot of fun but what they don’t show is that looking for a home is just the tip of the iceberg, literally. After your offer is accepted on a home the first thing you will want to do is schedule a home inspection. You can choose whoever you want to conduct your home inspection. However, I will always encourage the use of a certified inspector. In Colorado, there are no licensing requirements for home inspectors, so getting someone who is certified is your best bet unless you know someone knowledgeable on building, electrical, plumbing and HVAC practices. Now, this does not mean that they are perfect, just like any other profession they can and may miss things but a good one will be able to give you a more thorough report on your home and help you identify problem areas.
So the first thing you should do is look for a good inspector. Your realtor of choice, as well as friends and family members, can give you recommendations on who they have used for their inspection. You can also get a free list of home inspectors our clients have used here. Call and interview them and pick whomever you feel the most comfortable with.
When it comes time to the actual inspection, it is recommended that you attend if possible. This is for a variety of reasons. Items may come up during an inspection that you will want to see for yourself so you can better assess the severity to you, what may be a big deal to one person may not be a big deal to another. There may be a small 1-inch hole in the wall that needs to be patched up that may look like its 4 inches in the report pictures. You also want to know as much about your house as possible, so you’ll want to know where everything is and how everything works. The big ones you’ll want to ask about are your main water shutoff, and how to operate your furnace or A/C ; the last thing you want is to have a leak and not know how to shut off the water or be freezing in mid December because you don’t know how to turn on your furnace.
Once the inspection is over your home inspector will also give you a full report on everything they found in the house both good and bad. Take time to review this both on your own and with your agent and decide if you would like to request any repairs or if you would rather cut your losses and move onto another home. Remember, the seller does not have to fix anything that you ask for but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Be sure to discuss what your next course of action will be if the seller does not agree to any of your repairs with your agent.
Remember well informed buyers make the best home owners. If you have any questions about the inspection process don’t hesitate to contact me at 970-370-0135 or stop by my office.