Are you licensed or a member of a professional home inspecting organization?

Currently there is no license required to become a home inspector in Colorado. I have been a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) since 1993. ASHI is oldest and most trusted professional home inspector organization in the country I passed the National Home Inspectors Exam in 2001.

Do you participate in continuing education programs to keep your expertise up to date?

I meet or exceed the 20 hours of annual continuing education required to be a member of ASHI. I am a member of the local chapter of ASHI that provides monthly educational meetings as well as more focused seminars. Additionally, I attend the annual meeting of ASHI where a broad range of quality technical information is available. I also take part in meetings or seminars with major manufacturers of building materials to be kept current with new building trends.

May I attend the inspection? I strongly encourage you to attend the inspection. The inspection is an opportunity for you to learn about your new home and its potential idiosyncrasies. As much as I love children, and have been known to sing Itsy Bitter Spider to a wee one once in a while, I encourage you not to bring small children to the inspection as they can be distracting to you as well as me.

How soon should I schedule the inspection? I encourage you to schedule the inspection as soon as you have an accepted contract. I suggest that you give yourself at least 10 days to allow for the inspection. If you anticipate a very short time frame in which to complete the inspection, you may even want to coordinate the inspection schedule when determining contract timelines.

Should a new home be inspected? Absolutely! I typically like to do inspections on new homes a day or two before you do the final walk through with the builder. And yes it is still important for you to be present at this inspection. How soon will I get my report? It is my goal to deliver your report the day of the inspection. Each report is unique and it takes a bit of time to add the pictures and captions to each report. The report is typically delivered electronically, though other delivery methods are available.

Will the report detail the required repairs? Typically not. If a repair is required, it is not our expertise to outline a specific method of repair. Often times there are multiple acceptable method of doing a repair. All repairs should be done by competent and qualified technicians. If the nature of the repair requires a license, than the individual or company should be properly licensed. Information regarding the licensure of the technician and the scope of work performed on your new home should be made available by the seller on or before closing.

Do you do repairs? No! This would be a conflict of interest and is specifically disallowed by the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Do you recommend individuals or companies to do repairs? When I started business members of ASHI were specifically barred from giving referrals. Several years ago this was changed. ASHI now allows a member to offer referrals assuming there is no “quid pro qou”. In other words I accept no referral fees nor solicit any referral fees from any one including the real estate agent. I have lived in the area for close to thirty years and in that time I have done business with many companies who I feel confident in referring you to. If I know of a trusted and reputable company or individual who can provide the services you need, I will gladly offer those names to you.

Do you offer a guarantee? Yes and No! I do guarantee that I will do the best job I can based on the situation. I also guarantee that my inspection will meet, or in most cases exceed, the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors. I do not offer a guarantee that the home will not have any issues that day you move in. The primary focus for the home inspection is to find the major defects. Have you ever driven away from the auto mechanics shop for one repair and then had something else break two days later? Unfortunately those things happen. Home buyer warranties are available and may be beneficial: many third party companies offer these types of warranties. I suggest that annually you set aside approximately 1% of the value of the home for repairs and routine maintenance.

The roof was snow covered at the time of the inspection, what happens?

Unfortunately this happens. The inspection fee is based on a one time visit. Often times I can swing by at a later date, but I cannot guarantee it. A separate visit can be arranged for small fee, or you may want to require the seller to obtain a roof certification. It is just a simple fact that it does snow here and that often times the roof will be snow covered for weeks or even longer. The same concern, applies if the utilities are off. In order to do a complete evaluation of the home, the utilities: gas, electric and water, should be on at the property.

Are you a “Super” inspector?

Unfortunately I am not. I cannot tell the future, I cannot see through walls. Remember, unless you choose to have a technical inspection, the inspection is a “limited visual inspection”. I will be at the properties for a few hours and it is not a technically exhaustive inspection. I am unable to provide you any information regarding the value of the home and not provide a code inspection. Please see the inspection agreement and the ASHI Standards of Practice for more information regarding the limitations of the inspection.

What if I have questions later? Feel free to call me at any time. The best time to call me for additional information is generally in the evening.