Ask the Expert: Fire Mitigation

Ask the Expert: Fire Mitigation

BOULDER – Due to Colorado’s arid climate and many forests, homeowners and landowners may be particularly vulnerable to wildfires even in normal or heavy snowfall years. It is important to keep this threat in mind when buying or building a home. Homes in many areas of...
Ask Angie’s List: How Should I Decorate a Kid’s Room?

Ask Angie’s List: How Should I Decorate a Kid’s Room?

Everyone benefits from a space that’s uniquely their own – especially kids. Kids love to help plan and design their bedrooms. After all, the place where they sleep and play is their own little part of the world, and it gives them a sense of ownership when they’re able...

Ask the Expert: Protect Your Home from Water Intrusion

BOULDER – Homes can suffer water damage resulting in decreased property value, increased maintenance costs, and decline in indoor air quality. Ensuring that your homes exterior is water resistant can protect against potential loss. This would include the roof, siding,...

Ask the Expert: Foundations

BOULDER – There are several warning signs that inspectors can look for on the interior and exterior of homes that may point to problems or possible future problems with foundations. Almost all houses settle over time and a few things being out of level should not be a...
Negative Inspection Report Results

Negative Inspection Report Results

BOULDER – A lot of real estate transaction stress is the result of surprises. If your home has some obvious repairs needed when you put it on the market, it’s not a big deal when an inspector confirms what you already knew. However, if you thought it was in great...
Extend the Life of Your Driveway with Regular Resealing

Extend the Life of Your Driveway with Regular Resealing

From ultraviolet rays to freezing rain, the elements can take a toll on your driveway. Fortunately, resealing your driveway can add a layer of protection that prevents the need for costly future repairs. In fact, professionally sealing your driveway can extend its...

Ask the Expert: Home Inspection “Add-Ons”

BOULDER –  After signing a contract to purchase a home one of the first and most important things that happens is the home inspection. Depending on the size of the home a standard home inspection will cost between $300 and $600. There may also be other things to...
For Small Home Repairs, Call a Handyman

For Small Home Repairs, Call a Handyman

If you’re like most of us, there are a number of small home repairs you’d like to take care of but can never find the time for. Unfortunately, left unchecked, many small home repairs can turn into big, expensive problems. But there is a solution. If you don’t have the...

Ask the Expert: Choosing a Home Inspector

BOULDER – It may seem counter intuitive for a home inspector to give advice on how to choose an inspector. To be honest we would like you to choose our business for your inspection needs. However, we would also like you to be well informed prior to making your choice....

Common Home Inspection Issues

BOULDER –  You’ve found a buyer for your home and signed a contract. The next step in the process is home inspection. Many contracts include a contingency that allows the buyer to back out if serious problems are found during inspection. You know your home and you...
Ask Angie’s List – How Can I Transform My Garage?

Ask Angie’s List – How Can I Transform My Garage?

Are you making the most of the space your garage has to offer? If you’re using it for little more than trash bin storage and the occasional home project, now’s a good time to take the plunge and convert your garage into the hobby space, home gym or guest apartment...

Ask the Expert – Home Inspection Complete, Now What?

BOULDER – It is a common belief that real estate “deals” are negotiated at the signing of the contract. In many cases, the deal-making and negotiations only start at the contract signing. Negotiations still happen once a home inspection has taken place. There are four...
Ask the Expert – Fire Mitigation

Ask the Expert – Fire Mitigation

BOULDER – This winter has been particularly dry making fire mitigation an even more important issue than in an average snowfall year. Due to Colorado’s arid climate and many forests, homeowners and landowners may be particularly vulnerable to wildfires even in normal...

Ask the Expert – Home Inspection Tips for Sellers    

BOULDER – One of the best ways to make certain your home attracts buyers and the highest possible sales price is to make sure it’s “dressed for success” both inside and out. Clean your house. A clean home says you can and do take care of the house. A fresh coat of...

Ask the Expert – After a Home Inspection

BOULDER – Most homebuyers have a general understanding of the home inspection process but may not be clear on what occurs after the inspection is complete. Finding deficiencies in a home prior to continuing with a home purchase is a crucial element in any real estate...

Ask the Expert – Pre-drywall inspection

BOULDER – Are you having a brand new house built? If so, a pre-drywall inspection is a smart move. When you decide to have a house built there are multiple stages in the building process, some that seem to take an eternity and some that fly by. One of the most...
Ask the Expert – Townhome/Condominium Inspections

Ask the Expert – Townhome/Condominium Inspections

BOULDER – Many people are under the false impression that a townhouse or condominium inspection is far easier, takes less time and costs less than a single family home. None of these assumptions are true. Inspections on these multi-unit residences are conducted...

Ask the Expert: Radon Testing

BOULDER – You may remember our column about radon testing from a few months ago. Given that winter is the best time to test your home for radon we decided to run it again. Houses should be sealed with doors and windows closed as much as possible for testing making the...