Why should you invest in a certified home inspection?...
Are you buying or selling a home?
Do you share your home with family, kids, and/or pets?
Moving homes is one of life's most stressful experiences. Not coincidently, it is also one of the biggest investments most people make in their lifetime. It is a wonder then, why some people are willing to take their chances when it comes to the quality of their most valued investment. By skipping the professional home inspection, you are effectively putting yourself and family at risk for future financial loss and/or safety hazards.
Whether you are expecting to share your home space with family, roommates, or the occasional guest, they deserve to breathe easy in a safe and secure environment. A quality home inspection can uncover underlying hazards, often undedected by home owners. For example radon is a gas that rises from the ground seeping into houses causing health problems. This could also mean pests such as mice and termites, hidden fire hazards caused by a faulty electrical system or tiny leaks that quickly lead to spreading mold.
In the state of Colorado, inspectors are not required to obtain a license to operate. Even in states where licensing is required, the standards can often be below par, giving almost anyone permission to perform inspections. Only professionals certified by InterNACHI, the world's largest association of home and property inspectors, go through a very selective process and must pass dozens of courses before earning their certification.
Not all home inspectors are professionally certified!
Some homes can look great by all appearances,
but that doesn't mean serious issues aren't lurking in the walls, foundation, and roof of your dream house . A quality home inspection can help determine what is likely to go wrong, what's not up to code, and therefore what costs the buyer can expect to fork over.
What does this mean?
If a buyer is unhappy with a home inspection's findings, that usually presents one last opportunity to back out of the offer.
If you are buying, you don't want to wait until the house is bought to find out the issues. If you are selling, you'll want to know what repairs to make before trying to sell.