Denver Home Inspections Can Prevent Unwanted Surprises

Written by Posted On Monday, 16 May 2016 18:57


Laws in most states favor buyers in cases where you find a major defect in your new house, but pursuing actions with sellers after you have moved into your new home is time consuming and inconvenient.  Assuming the problem is not major enough to void the contract, you may be stuck with a home flaw you would not have accepted had you only known it existed.  A simple way to prevent a situation like this is to request a house inspection as a contingency of your offer.

Since the 1980's, when a California courts case required real estate agents to disclose to buyers any known defects, most other states have enacted laws requiring home owners and agents to disclose material defects.  This turn of events gave the home inspection business a shot in the arm.  Home inspections became the norm for how buyers, sellers, and agents can share knowledge about the condition of the home.


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Some states now require home inspectors to be licensed, although Colorado is not one of them. Many inspectors belong to trade associations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), as well as state associations.

If you are looking for an inspector, it's best to ask your real estate agent, who can offer a referral, or talk to recent buyers in the neighborhood who have used an inspector.  The credentials of a home inspector are important, but the mark of a good home inspector is thoroughness, without unduly alarming the buyer. You want a home inspector with a good track record of finding property defects during the inspection so that you do not discover them later.

The inspection will cover what can be seen in major systems from roof to foundation.  Separate inspections may be necessary for termites, septic systems, wells, or other specialized things like spas or pools.  It is not designed to critique aesthetics or lifestyle.

Ideally, when the inspection takes place, you should be there, but the seller should not.  The seller needs to provide access to all parts of the home and have the utilities on.  The process might take several hours. If you are unable to be there for the whole inspection, try to come at the end so the inspector can walk you through the house and explain his findings before preparing his report.

When the inspector discloses his findings, you may have some decisions to make.  How serious are the flaws he found? How much will it cost to fix them?  What is the priority to fix them?   If the problems are serious enough, you might not want to complete your purchase.

Depending on the findings, your real estate agent may be able to use them to help you negotiate on price.  If the seller already mentioned a problem before the inspection and set the price based on that, it is unlikely he will further drop the price based on that.  If the flaw is a minor one or one that a sequence of previous owners have lived with, the seller may give a little to sell the house, but your agent can guide you as to what is reasonable to expect.

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Marianne is a professional LDS Realtor in Denver with outstanding integrity, who takes the time to understand your specific housing and family needs. She is the team leader of one of the top selling Real Estate Teams in her broker's office. She understands that a big part of your family's happiness depends on the home and community where you live.  LDS Realtor in Denver Colorado

One of Marianne’s greatest passions is helping people with their Real Estate transactions, typically one of the largest financial transactions they will undertake. Marianne is the listing agent for the team but also loves working with Latter Day Saint home buyers as well.  Marianne uses her expertise and market knowledge so that her clients get the most accurate and up to date information possible. Marianne has a breadth of experience working with clients through all aspects of closing on a home. When listing homes for sale, this includes readying the home for sale, developing a marketing strategy, getting feedback on showings, negotiating inspection items,  and many other details that lead up to a successful closing. 

Marianne is excellent at contract negotiations and looking out for the best interests of her clients. She has obtained the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) certification. When helping Buyers, she loves the feeling of helping families connect with the right home in the right community. She also has knowledge of ward and stake boundaries, meeting house locations,  youth programs, drive time to the LDS Denver temple, and seminary locations for your high school children. 

If you’re looking for solid results and a WOW! experience, then call Marianne and put her to work for you. In the last two years, the Bandy Team sold 125 homes.  The Bandy Team has the experience and proven systems you need to make your transaction as smooth and worry-free as possible. 

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