Protect your home from water intrusion

Protect your home from water intrusion

Rick Jacquemard, Flatirons Home Inspections Water may be essential to life, but it can diminish the value of your home. Whether you are buying or selling, hire a qualified inspector to determine the integrity of your home’s building components that enclose the...
Ask the Expert: Interior home inspections

Ask the Expert: Interior home inspections

The interior water supply and distribution systems, including fixtures, faucets and water heating equipment are an important part of any home inspection. (Photo: Shutterstock). Rick Jacquemard, Flatirons Home Inspections A critical eye should be used when inspecting...
Ask the Expert: Common Home Inspection Issues

Ask the Expert: Common Home Inspection Issues

Selling a home can be a long and stressful process. 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...
Ask the Expert: Holiday Home Safety Tips

Ask the Expert: Holiday Home Safety Tips

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 able to...

Ask the Expert: Radon Testing

What is Radon and why should I test for it? Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General and the EPA have determined that indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung...
Ask the Expert: Winterize Your Home

Ask the Expert: Winterize Your Home

BOULDER – Even though we have yet to have our first snow or hard freeze it is still not too early to think about winterizing 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...

Getting Ready for a Home Inspection

BOULDER – When your home goes under contract for sale there is almost always an inspection scheduled by the buyer. As the 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...

Ask the Expert: Request an Inspection

BOULDER – With today’s market full of multiple offers buyers are often tempted to do anything to get into 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...
Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

BOULDER – Inspections can make or break a sale for both sellers and buyers. For this reason, the inspection process can be somewhat terrifying weather you are buying or selling. For sellers, it’s a reminder of issues you might have been ignoring over the years. And...

Ask the Expert: Pre-Listing Inspections

BOLDER – When you are ready to sell your home and are looking for ways to help the sale process go smoothly and quickly, consider a pre-listing home inspection. Pre-listing inspections benefit all parties involved, and they are gaining in popularity. These type of...
Ask the Expert: Inspecting Vintage Homes

Ask the Expert: Inspecting Vintage 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...
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...