Ask the Expert – Pre-Listing Home Inspections

BOULDER – When you are ready to sell your home, and are looking for ways to help the sale process go smoothly and quickly, consider pre-listing home inspections. These type of inspections, paid for by the seller or listing agent, are written reports detailing the...

Ask the Expert: Home Inspection “Add-Ons”

BOULDER – When buying 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 you need to think about that could...
Ask the Expert: Holiday Home Decorating Safety

Ask the Expert: Holiday Home Decorating Safety

BOULDER – Flatirons Home Inspections would like to offer you these holiday decorating safety tips for the home instead of our weekly column. Quite a few of our daily routines change during the holiday season. Here are a few simple tips help keep our families safe and...
Ask the Expert: Pre-Drywall Inspection

Ask the Expert: Pre-Drywall Inspection

BOULDER – A pre-drywall inspection when having a new house built 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 important stages in new...

Ask the Expert: Do not waive a home inspection

BOULDER – With today’s market full of multiple offers buyers are often tempted to do anything to get a home. One thing they should not do is forgo the home inspection. Waiving the option to have an inspection can have major repercussions in the long run. Without a...
Ask the Expert : Winterize Your Home

Ask the Expert : Winterize Your Home

  BOULDER – Even though we have just had or first snow and hard freeze it is still not too late to winterize your home. Doing some of these simple things may also remove some items from a home inspectors report should you decide to put your home on the market. At the...
Ask the Expert: Top 8 home inspection problems

Ask the Expert: Top 8 home inspection problems

BOULDER – A professional home inspection will reveal a lot about your future home. Besides learning about the mechanical operations of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects. A recent national survey of home inspectors revealed what are the eight top...
Ask the Expert: Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Ask the Expert: Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

BOULDER – All home inspections should include the inspection of all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms should be located in the following areas: In each sleeping room; outside each separate sleeping area; on each additional story of the dwelling,...

Ask the Expert: Pre-inspection check list for home buyers

BOULDER – When purchasing a home an inspection is typically part of the process which is done after a contract is signed. There is however, something home buyers can do prior to the inspection that can be part of contract negotiations. That would be going through a...
Ask the Expert: Attic inspections

Ask the Expert: Attic inspections

BOULDER – Attics are not usually foremost on a buyer’s mind in a home inspection but should not be overlooked. They can provide clues to serious problems that might not be disclosed or even known by the seller. Some houses may have more than one attic access point. Be...
Ask the Expert: Inspections of Older Homes

Ask the Expert: Inspections of Older Homes

BOULDER – There can be an appeal in owning an older home; preserving a historic part of a neighborhood and/or restoring a house to its former glory. However, there are concerns when buying an older home, issues that can cause regret and major expense. When considering...

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...
Fire Mitigation

Fire Mitigation

BOULDER – Due to Colorado’s arid climate and many forests, homeowners and landowners may be particularly vulnerable to wildfires. It is important to keep this threat in mind when buying or building a home. Homes in many areas of Colorado are threatened, damaged or...
How much does it cost to build a deck?

How much does it cost to build a deck?

Putting up a new deck can improve the function and look of your home, and its future resale value. Costs can vary, depending on square footage, the type of materials used and whether you hire a contractor or do it yourself. So, what can you expect to pay for a deck?...

Post Inspection?

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 choices...
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

BOULDER – One of the most common issues found during a home inspection is missing GFCI receptacles or circuits. GFCI units are electrical outlets equipped with a ground fault sensor and a circuit breaker which senses a ground fault and is programmed to turn off the...
Impress Your Guests with a Quick Bathroom Upgrade

Impress Your Guests with a Quick Bathroom Upgrade

Q: Dear Ed: We’re planning a summer cookout at our home and I have some extra money in my party budget. I’d like to do a little upgrade to our bathroom since everyone will be using that room before the day is over. What is a fun, fast and useful bathroom upgrade we...

Understanding Your Home Inspection Report

BOULDER – Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the home inspection is a critical element in the process. The home inspection is an opportunity to get a professional inspector’s unbiased view of the exact condition of the property. There are some basic tips that...