You Sure You Don’t Want An Inspection

If you’re thinking about buying a new home, you’ve probably heard by now you should get a professional inspection. If you’re working with a full-time real estate professional, you’re probably getting lots of great advice and recommendations like this.

If you are thinking of doing your own home inspection, and not hiring a professional, that’s certainly your right, but I think you should consider some of the problematic issues home inspectors uncover that you can not.

It’s not mandatory to have a professional home inspection, and in Colorado you’re entitled as a buyer to do your own inspection, or hire any one or more types of inspectors that you wish.

You might be concerned about gas leaks. I’ve seen about 20% to 30% of the homes inspected turn out to have a leak at one of the gas fired appliances. Even million dollar plus homes, not just abandoned foreclosures.

Radon levels can be high and you wouldn’t know it. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that has been reported to cause lung cancer. It’s a random occurrence so one house can have it, the next one over might not. I’ve seen many instances of tested homes where very high levels of Radon existed in an occupied home for sale. It’s relatively easy to mitigate, and many new builders install radon mitigation in new construction as a matter of common practice, just as they would put a roof on to keep out the rain.

Carbon monoxide is another hazard that an inspector can reveal. Some appliances may emit carbon monoxide at unacceptable levels due to the age of the appliance, due to faulty ventilation, or other reasons.

In each of these three examples, a special test or special equipment is used to reveal the problem. Do you know how to do these tests or how to get this equipment?

There are many other parts of a home that may or may not have problems that typically only a professional inspector will be able to uncover. Inspectors look at many things in a home and evaluate what they see measured against specific knowledge of building codes and industry standards.

In some areas, I recommend that buyers consider having a structural engineer look at the home. In other situations, a more thorough inspection of the roof is important. I’ve even had buyers hire a landscape architect to discuss potential issues with drainage, and the changes they intended to make outside the home.

My overall advice is, don’t get into your new home without first knowing all the facts.

Thanks for taking the time to read my work.

I hope that you found this informative. If you want more information on home inspections or other topics related to real estate, please use the search function at the top of my page.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor and EcoBroker.

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