Under Further Review-Home Inspections-

Volume 22, May 2022

6 Common Questions On What You Can Expect When Having Your Home Inspected.

How much does a home inspection cost?

Here in Denver, you can expect to pay an average of $400 to $500 for a Home Inspection. The size, complexity, and age of the building are all factors in the final price. Most realtors recommend that you include radon and sewer scope with your inspection. These services can be added to your work order for around $300.00.

Who receives a copy of my report?

We will create a HouseMaster Cloud account for you and your realtor. The report is generally a copyrighted document of the Inspector and considered intellectual property. No one else will receive a copy of the report unless the person hiring and paying for the inspection choose to share.

How long does an average inspection usually take?

The average home will take 2.5 to 4 hours. However, that can increase with the size, age and complexity of the property. Additional services like sewer scopes, radon, and water tests may also increase the time required.

Do I need an inspection on a home that was just built?

Building a home is a very complex project. New does not mean perfect. We highly advise hiring a 3rd party inspection to check the quality of the builder’s work and the help you ensure the details of this massive assemblage were finished to your standards. When does an inspection occur in the home buying process? Home inspections should be scheduled the day you go under contract. In this tight market, closings come fast, and you want to make sure you have an inspector lined up for the day you want to get it done. A home inspector is often thought of as General Practitioner in medicine. We will evaluate the home, but you may need to follow up with a specialist and that may take a few days as well.

What is radon, and why should I include it with my home inspection?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and is prevalent in most Colorado homes due to our soil composition. 48% of Colorado homes tested in the last decade require mitigation. The only way to know if radon levels are at threatening levels is to test, so we highly advise having a radon test performed on the home. Starting in July 2022, The State of Colorado will require Radon Measuring Professionals to have a license to perform this test.

Be sure you are working with a qualified professional.

Why does everyone think I should include a sewer scope with my inspection? A sewer scope is performed by a technician using a camera on a fixed line to inspect the inside of the sewer line from the home to the city sewer line or septic tank. The purpose of a sewer scope is to ensure that there are no damages or blockages in the line that would impact function. Sewer line repairs can be the costliest single item that arises during the inspection process. We encourage having a sewer scope performed along with your inspection. The only way to know the condition is to put a camera through the line.

Can I, or should I attend the inspection?

The more you know about your new home the more confident you can be in the buying process. While all information will be included in the report, we encourage you to attend the inspection. It's a great way to learn about how your home functions and to see firsthand some of the highlights of the inspection findings that will be in the report. You are welcome to attend the entire inspection, however, at a minimum attending for a summary of findings during the last hour or half-hour is highly encouraged.

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Thomas Kelsey

InterNachi Certified Professional Inspector

HouseMaster Denver North