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...
Ask Angie’s List: How Do You Update a Popcorn Ceiling?

Ask Angie’s List: How Do You Update a Popcorn Ceiling?

A popcorn ceiling, otherwise known as an acoustic ceiling, is a ceiling that’s been sprayed with a textured coating. A popular design element between the 1950s and the 1980s, the texture is useful for hiding imperfections but is now considered outdated. Why remove a...
Ask the Expert – Why do you need a home inspection?

Ask the Expert – Why do you need a home inspection?

BOULDER – Before buying a home, one of the most important things you should do is to have the home checked out by a professional home inspector. Purchasing a home is often the largest investment you will ever make, why add another expense to the process if you’re not...

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,...