It’s no secret that Denver has
a hot real estate market. Selling,
buying or just putting a house on the market may raise many questions for Denver homeowners. Can I get a good price? Are there any problems I should fix prior to
listing my house? If I buy this house,
will I encounter problems that may make me regret my decision?
The sale price of a house depends on many
factors, including the market, location, size of the property, age of the
house, condition of the structure, what appliances might be included in the
sale and even how nicely the property and building were landscaped and
decorated - just to name a few.
Having a qualified professional inspect your
house prior to putting it on the market - or for prospective buyers, before
closing on a sale - can help guide your decision. But many homeowners and prospective buyers are
unsure what's included in a standard home inspection, according to the American
Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). A qualified home inspector will review these
aspects of a property:
attic and visible insulation
basement and structural components
ceilings and floors
and central air conditioning systems
fixtures and faucets
Nearly two out of three homeowners recently
surveyed by ASHI reported they saved a lot of money as a result of having a
home inspection during the selling/buying of a house. Sellers use inspections to help determine
potential problems that can be repaired or replaced prior to listing -
potentially getting them a higher sale price. And buyers use the inspections to determine if
they want to invest in the property, or help negotiate for a better price that
would include the repair and replacement of potential problems.
In Denver, not all home
inspectors are certified and licensed. ASHI's "Find an Inspector" tool
allows homeowners to locate an inspector in their area. Always check with your local inspector for a
complete list of services provided.
"It's important for homeowners to do their
homework before hiring an inspector," says Kurt Salomon, ASHI president.
"Look for a home inspector certified through the ASHI Certified Inspector
Program, which is the only home inspection association program approved by the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies."
The following elements are not included in a
standard home inspection:
wiring and plumbing that is not readily accessible (for example, behind
drywall or plaster)
conditioning or softening system
with local codes
to determine market value
Before hiring a home inspector in the
market, inquire about what is covered in the inspection and ask to see a sample
report. Although some inspectors provide
ancillary services, it may be necessary to consult a specialist for concerns
that extend beyond a standard inspection. Often your inspector will help you make this
Hiring a certified home inspector and having
questions answered before putting your house up for sale - or before finalizing
a purchase price - can not only help save money, but also allow you to go
through the process with more peace of mind.
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Karen Venier is a Broker Associate at Keller Williams. She is a part of Carr
Peck Group which has been recognized locally and nationally as in expert in
real estate. Locally they are 6th in Denver Metro home sales out of
5,000 agents and have been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real
Trends as one of the top selling agents in America. For more information
feel free to contact heror call 303-908-9584.
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