Home Inspection Is Essential Before You Buy

magnifying-glassIf you’re thinking of buying a Boulder home, and skipping the professional home inspection, think again.Hey, I don’t care really if you’re in Boulder, Fort Collins, or in Philly, this is really important stuff.

I know there are plenty of you out there who are handy with tools, do much of your own home repair and remodeling, or feel confident that you can see any problems on your own.

I admire your confidence, but don’t be fooled into misunderstanding the value of a professional home inspection. I have a few examples for you of dangerous health-related items inspectors have found for my buyers that you need to know about.

Call, text or email me before you take a dangerous step in the wrong direction. You need a full set of professionals on your side when you buy your next home.

Ok, here’s one biggie in many areas of the country: Radon Gas. The part I feel the worst about is when I’m helping a buyer and we find Radon gas levels are high in a home.This means that the seller has been living in a home, sometimes for several years, with higher than necessary, perhaps dangerous levels of Radon Gas.

Where was this person’s Buyer’s Agent when they bought the house in the first place? I want my buyers to have all the information they need at their home inspection.

The EPA seems to still be on the track that the recommendation for having concern, and consequently mitigating the Radon in a home is 4 pCi/L. For more information, see EPA’s “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon“.

One of my recent buyer clients had a home inspection, and they found many things that were concerns. Some were small, such as a loose downspout, and some were large, like an inoperative air conditioning system, high levels of Radon, and a leaky furnace manifold (which was allowing deadly carbon monoxide gas into the living space of the home).

Whatever you choose to do with regard to pre-purchase inspection, it’s certainly up to you. But when you consider some problems with homes which are very difficult to detect without specialized equipment, extensive experience and training, you must decide how much risk you’re willing to take with your health and your finances.

Let’s talk soon about other types of things that I’ve seen come up in a home inspection so you can be aware of typical, and not so typical issues that may affect you when you’re buying a home.

Oh, and if you’re ready to sell a home, let’s talk about a pre-sale inspection so you can avoid the costly mistake many people make, that forces them to renegotiate the sale price of their home just before the sale is complete.

Call, text message, or email me today!

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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