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...
How much does bathroom tile repair cost?

How much does bathroom tile repair cost?

Broken bathroom tiles let moisture seep below the surface to cause real damage. You should always fix a broken tile, but experts say it may require more than yanking out one to set another. Floor, shower and wall tile repair Replacing a single cracked or chipped tile...

Roof Inspections

BOULDER – Replacing a roof can be quite an investment. Most lenders and insurance companies require that the roof has been included in a home inspection. These companies want to protect their investments, but you as the homeowner (or buyer) should want to be feel...
Freestanding baths need special tub fillers

Freestanding baths need special tub fillers

Q: Dear Ed: I’ve learned a lot about plumbing fixtures from your column and really like the concept of having a freestanding bathtub in my new bathroom. But, since freestanding tubs just sit exposed on the floor with no walls or flat tub rim area for water fixtures,...

Consider a Pre-Listing Inspection

Traditionally, home inspections are requested by the prospective home buyer. Seller (or pre-listing) inspections are becoming increasingly popular. Having a pre-listing inspection of your home will allow you the opportunity to address any potential issues ahead of...
How to avoid completely replacing shower stall tile

How to avoid completely replacing shower stall tile

Q: Dear Ed: We have an older shower stall and the mixing valve has to be replaced. The valve is installed in an area hard to access and we need to open up the tile. The present tile can’t be matched. Any ideas on how we may avoid extensive remodeling work and best...

Do Not Waive an Inspection

With markets 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 professional...

Getting your home ready for inspection

When your home goes under contract for sale there is almost always and inspection scheduled by the buyer. As a seller there are several things you can do to prepare the property. The first thing you should do to get your home ready for an inspection is clean it. A...

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...