BOULDER – A home inspector provides an independent review of the property, not influenced by any of the other professions in the transaction. This means that the inspector doesn’t have a stake in the outcome of the inspection. Inspectors get paid whether or not the sale goes through. In contrast, lenders and real estate agents make a profit when the sale closes.
The primary focus of a home inspection is the structural, mechanical, and electrical condition of the property. Inspections are designed to find major flaws or deficiencies in the home. Inspections will not, of course, find all flaws or problems, but they’re a great place to start and required by most lenders.
Home inspectors are usually not equipped to do specialized work, such as checking for termites, assessing the condition of swimming pools, septic systems and the health of trees and shrubs. Typically home inspectors will recommend you hire a specialist to assess the condition of such items.
The most common way to find an inspector is through a real estate agent’s referral. If you would rather find the inspector yourself, you can ask friends and relatives whom they have hired, or do a web search under “Building inspectors” or “Home inspectors”. Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask questions. Inspectors may assume a lack of questions means you understand everything in a report.
For more information about home inspections contact Rick Jacquemard at Flatirons Home Inspections.