BOULDER – When making a written offer on a home, it should state in the contract that the offer is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a qualified inspector. You, as the buyer, will be responsible for the cost of the inspection. However, it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you far more in repairs in the future. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection, then your offer can continue.

A home may look move in ready, but a professional home inspector will cover features of the house such as electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as structural features of the home and may uncover issues that a buyer may not notice. As a buyer, you are making a large investment. It is important to know the exact condition of the home you are buying. Having a home inspector conduct a thorough inspection of the property could save you a thousands of dollars and a lot of frustration.

Buyers should have an inspection done even if they are buying a brand new home. Just because a home is new doesn’t mean it you shouldn’t have it inspected. Just as you can purchase a new car that is a lemon you can purchase a new home with defects. Reliance on the builder’s one or two year warranty is the most common reason why buyers of new homes forgo home inspections. Some defects that could be revealed by an inspection may take much longer that the warranty period to
show up.

For more information on home inspections contact Rick Jacquemard, at 720.280.3544, e-mail [email protected] or visit