|So you are buying a new home.
As a home buyer, you will benefit from knowing the value, and also the
limitations, of a home inspection. This Information is to inform you of
the scope and limitations of a home inspection. This will help you understand and know what to
expect and know what will not be inspected during the inspection process.
Our home inspections are performed by Certified
inspectors. The state of Colorado does not have any regulations or
requirements for home inspectors. Therefore, we chose to seek out our
Certification from the InterNational Association of Certified Home
Inspectors, (InterNACHI). InterNACHI requires and provides Certification
for all their members along with a strict Standards Of Practice (SOP) that
must be followed. These SOP's are available upon request. Further more
each inspector is required to pass each year a Certification exam and have
a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credits each year.
Home inspectors are required to follow the
InterNACHI SOP guidelines.
Individual inspectors may choose to go beyond the minimum requirements at
their own discretion. It is important to remember that all home
inspections are limited to what is visible and readily accessible. This
mean the inspector can not move appliances, furnature, carpet or clean out
cabinets or closets, etc. The inspector and
yourself are invited guest in a home. Do not expect the inspector to do
anything that you wouldn't do when you are invited to a friend or
relative's house. You treat their house with great respect, as does the
HomeFront Inspection, LLC will check condition and
operational condition of the following. Each of these
area are inspected in detail.
||Heating and Air conditioner
|Interior (ceiling, walls and floors)
||Built-in Kitchen Appliances
||Attic and Insulation
|Fireplace & Chimneys
|Carbon Monoxide Levels
Optional services that are provided for an additional
||Radon Level Test
||Lead Base Paint Test
HomeFront Inspection will perform a visual inspection on
the condition of these components. If any component is not visible it can
not be thoroughly inspected. An explanation as to why it could not be
inspected will be in the report. Sometimes conditions prevent the
inspection of roofs and exterior grading and foundations because the
roofs are too high and/or can not be safely accessible. Snow cover and
prevent the inspection of the exterior foundation and grading.
It is important that you know that we have your best
interest in mind at every inspection. We try to inspect and report
accurately. However, many items in a house are like a light bulb. It works
one minute and it doesn't the other. A home inspection is like a snap shot
in time. We report the condition of the house as it is at that time. We
can not predict the future but do our best to alert you to components that
we feel may need replaced or repair soon.
A home inspector is similar to your family doctor. If
during an examination the doctor discovers something abnormal, the doctor
will then advise you to see a specialist. Home inspectors do the same.
Lets say the furnace doesn't appear to function properly, the inspector
will recommend you have the furnace checked by a licensed HVAC
Some components are not usually included in a
home inspection. Item that are not considered part of the structure or
mechanical systems of the home or components that require a specialist.
Also, you should not expect the inspector to report on cosmetic conditions
that are obvious such as mismatched paint, floor coverings, decorative
trim, cupboard doors that are not hung evenly. Why pay the
inspector for what you can see or already know about?
Some components that are
usually included are:
|Phone & cable lines
|Wells and Septic System
||Window Air Conditioner
|Water Softener or Filters
||Systems that are not accessible
||Testing for toxic materials
|Jet tubs, saunas & pools
|Inspect behind or under insulation
||Outdoor accent lighting
Many items in this
list can be ordered to tailor your inspection to your needs.
Remember We are On Your Side and always have your
best interest in mind.
Now that you know what to expect from your home
inspection here are some other details about what you get from HomeFront
- You are encouraged to attend the inspection. This is
your time to find out what you are actually buying. This way we can
show and explain the defect at the time.
- You will receive a computer generated
report the day of the inspection. The report is sent to you via email
which is confidentially displayed on the web. Only you and the realtor
will have access to the report. You will be able to save and send the
report to any third party you chose.
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