When does a contract for buying a home fall apart and why? Usually, this happens during the inspection process. The home inspection is performed in order to check on the safety and structure of the home. Just as you would have a previously owned car inspected by a mechanic, you should definitely have your home inspected.
Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz is joined by Ryan and Melissa Lewis of Lifespace Inspections to discuss what is a home inspector, what they inspect, and when you would want to use one.
A home inspector is a person who is hired to come look at a property. They look at many parts of a house to determine if it’s safe. However, in the state of Colorado home inspectors are not regulated or licensed. That’s right. Any person can say they are a home inspector and take your money.
So, how do you know if a person is reputable and actually knows what they are doing? InterNACHI (International Association of Home Inspectors) is an organization that trains and certifies home inspectors. In fact, in order to be certified by InterNACHI, the inspector needs to have completed at least 30 hours of training, after which they are eligible for further continuing education and credentials. To make sure your home inspector is certified with them, you can go to www.inspectorseek.com.
Ryan Lewis of Lifespace Inspections is one such Certified Home Inspector. He inspects roofs, outside of the home, inside of the home, and the attic and crawlspace.
Another thing they will check is radon. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is especially damaging to the developing lungs of children. Due to of the amount of granite in the area, many homes in Colorado Springs are affected by this invisible gas. One house can be under what is considered safe, while the house next door might be 10x higher! It’s something you want to get checked. Ryan uses a 48-hour continuous monitoring machine because it is more reliable and gives accurate information so you will know if mitigation is necessary.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, are buying a home, or would just like someone to come check out your house to catch things before they become major issues, it’s a wonderful idea to get a home inspection performed by an InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector.
You can find out more information about Lifespace Inspections at www.lifespaceinspections.com or call Ryan and Melissa Lewis at (719) 761-3328. And as always, if you have any questions about real estate in the Pikes Peak region or want to know more about the flat listing fee of Mia Bella Properties, you can reach Deborah at (719) 641-1357.