Are you certified?
I am a Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) through InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. InterNachi is the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors.
Certification in Colorado is not a requirement for home inspectors. It is a personal choice and an investment of time and finances to associate with a credible certifying body.
As An InterNACHI CPI
- I’m required to stay up to date with the industry’s most rigorous Continuing Education through online, video and live training courses;
- I adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice to ensure that you receive a detailed and accurate home inspection
- I abide by a strict Code of Ethics, which puts you first and protects your rights as a consumer; and
- I use state-of-the-art inspection tools and reporting software so that you can make informed decisions about the home you want to buy or sell.
How much does a home inspection cost?
A standard home inspection in Colorado conducted by a certified and reputable inspector will range from $300- $700+. Most home inspectors base their fees on the location, age, and square footage of the home to be inspected. Older homes typically have more issues and larger homes take longer.
My standard home inspection will range from $340-$450 on average (not including add-on services), depending on the location, age, and size of the home.
I invest a significant amount of time and resources to make sure you receive the highest quality inspection available, and the BEST VALUE for your money.
In addition, I offer a BEST PRICE guarantee. That is, I will underbid the price of any other nationally certified and fully insured* home inspector.
* General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance
How long does a home inspection take?
I allow 4 hours for most home inspections. I encourage you to attend a 30 minute walk-through at the end of your inspection so that I can explain my findings, point out important maintenance items, and answer all of your questions.
How soon can you schedule my inspection?
I am a full time home inspector and I am ready to serve you promptly. Typically, I can get you scheduled within 2-3 days and I will publish your report in 24 hours or less. You can call my office at 970-901-2684, or easily schedule your inspection online.
What do you inspect?
Your certified home inspection is a detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible interior and exterior structure, systems and components of a home.
You will receive an easy to read, full color, digital report detailing the condition of the home’s foundation, crawlspace, basement and structural components, the roof, attic and visible insulation, the heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, walls, ceilings, floors, built in appliances, windows and doors, and more.
I will also provide my recommendations for maintenance, service, repair, or replacement.
Do you offer deeper home inspections or packages?
The short answer is no. My standard home inspection is very thorough. I look for visible signs of mold and conditions conducive to mold growth. I look for rodents, pests, and termites and advise when a more thorough investigation might be necessary. I carry a bag of inspection tools including a thermal imaging camera and I use them when necessary and helpful. I do not charge extra for what I am already looking for in a standard home inspection. In addition to my standard home inspection, I offer 3 ancillary services (additional charges apply), including Radon Gas, Mold (surface samples) and Indoor Air Quality, and Sewer Scope.
Do you offer a home warranty?
I seriously considered offering the various warranties available for home inspectors and their clients. After some research and deliberation, I decided that the primary purpose of a warranty would be to make myself more marketable to the public and/or justify an increase in my price. However I am not convinced the very limited warranties available would really benefit my clients in any practical way.
If you are shopping for an inspector that offers a warranty, please read the fine print and research the product they are offering before considering it as a positive selling point.
I am committed to offering an unbiased inspection of the highest quality available. I am committed to excellence, keeping my skills current, attention to detail, and hard work. I am committed to using state-of-the-art inspection tools and software. And I am committed to the BEST VALUE for the price.
The fact is, a home inspection is a professional opinion report designed to assist you in making informed purchase decisions. A home inspection is a visual and historical evaluation of a property. It is a snap shot in time. It is not and cannot be a guarantee of future performance or life expectancy. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are replaced, certain weather conditions exist, furniture is removed, or when drywall, concrete and/or other permanent finishes are removed. For these reasons, it is simply not possible for any home inspector to identify every hidden or latent defect.
If you still desire a home warranty, I would be happy to help you contact a warranty company so you can purchase a warranty after your home inspection.
Do you use a drone to inspect the roof?
I currently do not use a drone to inspect roofs. I believe I can get the most information about the condition of a roof by walking upon it and using my eyes and hands to examine its components. I wear soft soled shoes and I am careful to avoid places that could be damaged by walking on them.
When a roof appears too unsafe to walk on or could be damaged by foot traffic (tile roofs, etc.), I still believe I can get the most accurate information by observing the roof from the top of my ladder at each vantage point possible.
What is Radon and do I really need to test for it?
The Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that ALL homes be tested for Radon Gas.
Radon is a naturally occuring radio active gas in our environment and it is easily drawn into homes through cracks and gaps in the foundation.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Most of Colorado is considered Zone 1, the highest tier of radon levels.
Measuring and mitigating Radon is often straightforward and relatively affordable.
I am trained and certified to measure Radon gas in residential and commercial settings. I have over 100 hours of additional continuing education for Radon gas measurement and mitigation. I lease a continuous monitoring, state-of-the-art Radon testing device with the most accurate results in the industry through Radalink. Upon completion of a 48 hour test, a third party report is uploaded and sent to you the same day.