What Inspections are Done in Colorado?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

The buyer asks - We are coming from Wisconsin, and wondering what type of inspections we need to do in Colorado.  

 

 

This is a GREAT question, of which many buyers ask!    In Colorado, there are NO required inspections needed, in fact, there is no requirement to DO an inspection.  HOWEVER, I would ALWAYS recommend a home inspection on every listing, no matter the age of the home, even new construction!     On new construction I usually like to remind a new homeowner to get this inspection done at 11 months, so to have the list ready for the builder at the one-year warranty walkthrough.

 

The inspector will check all the mechanicals (furnace, boiler or electric heat, water heater), kitchen appliances, visualize the structural integrity of the home, roof, plumbing and electrical (and the electric panel) and the exterior of the home.     There are additional inspections to consider - lead-based paint (if home is older than 1978), sewer inspection, radon testing, and mold testing if you see anything to alert you that mold could be present.   If there is a well, a perk & flow test should be done.  If there is a septic system - Tri-County needs to come out and inspect, and pump and sanitize the system.

 

In Colorado, buyers have the option to request items to be repaired or terminate the contract with no reason.    If the buyer asks for repairs, and seller does not want to do all of the requested repairs, buyer can terminate the contract, and receive their earnest money back.  The repairs will be required to be completed a few days prior to closing.   During the walkthrough, these items will be reviewed.

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Joan... as you know, Charlotte is such a new city in many ways... I can't remember the last time I sold a home that was older than 20 or 25 years.

Feb 18, 2020 08:08 AM #7
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Nina Hollander well, that total sense!  We have many homes that were built turn of the century - late 1800's.

Feb 18, 2020 08:12 AM #8
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Sam Shueh
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If you bring City inspector to inspect used homes, chances of getting home redtagged is high.

Feb 18, 2020 08:18 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Joan - once again, knowing the local real estate market and how it operates is good for buyers/sellers.  Of course, when they align with you for real estate representation, they will be in good hands.  

Feb 18, 2020 08:39 AM #10
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Sam Shueh in over two decades in this business, never had a buyer bring a City inspector to a resale home.  Have you seen this?

Feb 18, 2020 08:56 AM #11
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Joan Cox
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Michael, it is best if buyers use a REALTOR that is knowledgable in what inspections to recommend, and inspection issues to request to be repaired! 

Feb 18, 2020 08:57 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share with prospective home buyers.

Feb 18, 2020 09:11 AM #13
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
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Hi Joan Cox - this is exactly why clients need to select you for your knowledge and expertise.  You will know what inspections to suggest based on the actual home when your buyer goes into contract. 

Feb 18, 2020 09:41 AM #14
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Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
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I support the suggestion of a home inspection at 11 to catch all the things the new homeowners missed or forgot to mention.

Feb 18, 2020 01:26 PM #15
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Hi Joan- this highlights why it is so important to have a local agent guiding you through the buying process. From your experience, you can walk them through the timeframe for their inspections. 

Feb 18, 2020 05:10 PM #16
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Great explanation of what needs to be done, whether mandatory or not.  Buyers will appreciate this post.

Feb 18, 2020 08:00 PM #17
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Joan:

Inspections are key to the due diligence process. We don't have any requirement either, but certainly there are some important ones to consider depending on the property and after the general home inspections. Buyers need to not shy away from inspections that could yiele important information about the home they want to buy.

I have had few sewer inspections done but when they were done they were telling. The same for fire sprinkler inspections. And there have been plenty of roof and HVAC inspections that yielded significant issues, and costly ones, that needed to be addressed!

Jeff

Feb 18, 2020 09:32 PM #18
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Much like here a general inspection is done and the inspector might recommend that some things be further inspected by an expert in a specific field.

Feb 19, 2020 05:10 AM #19
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Thank you Roy.

Feb 20, 2020 08:12 AM #20
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Sheri, thank you for your kind words.

Feb 20, 2020 08:25 AM #21
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Dave Rosenmarkle when a buyer closes on a brand new home, they never go up into the attic or on the roof.   I have seen a few roofs with defective shingles, and had the homeowner not done an inspection, this huge expense would be on them.

Feb 20, 2020 08:26 AM #22
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Joan Cox
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Kathy, it really is second nature when you have experience.

Feb 20, 2020 08:27 AM #23
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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I hope so Georgie! 

Feb 20, 2020 08:27 AM #24
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Jeff, I know CA has a requirement for an inspection prior to listing a home, and we don't have requirement.    Nor fire sprinkler inspections.

Feb 20, 2020 08:34 AM #25
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Joan Cox
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Brian, nice to know our two states are similar.

Feb 20, 2020 09:09 AM #26
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