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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Why a Home Inspection is So Important Before Buying a Colorado Springs Home


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Thanks for joining me again in beautiful Colorado Springs, where a record number of people bought homes last year. Many of these home buyers also experienced hidden problems after their sale closed. Today, we’re going to tell you how to avoid a situation like that. 

As most people know, getting a general home inspection is not only a good idea, it’s necessary to ensure you know what you’re buying. There are a few specific things you need to make sure you check in your home inspection that can bring money problems and health concerns as you move into your new home. We’re going to talk about three of them today.

The first thing you’ll want to have the inspector check is your sewer line. The time to find out if there is a problem is before closing, not after. There are specific areas in Colorado Springs where sewer lines can erode, break down, and have tree roots growing through them. You may not know you have a problem until your basement backs up with water, which will cost you thousands to fix.


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The next things to keep in mind are your furnace and A/C systems. Your furnace may be working fine now, but it could have a cracked heat exchanger. This could lead to your furnace releasing deadly carbon monoxide. The only way to know if there’s a crack is by having a professional check it out. Not only is that an issue, but most people can’t even fix a cracked heat exchanger. Most HVAC contractors will recommend a totally new furnace. If there are any problems with your system, it pays to have it looked at before you buy.

Finally, you’ve got to make sure you check for radon gas. It can cause huge health problems, and is a pretty big contributor to lung cancer. The home inspectors that we use will take care of this for you and make sure you don’t have an excess, so that you can enjoy your home.

When you buy a new home, we want you to be healthy and safe. That means knowing about any problems beforehand. You want this house to be a great place to raise your family, not something that’s going to be a huge headache. If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We’d love to hear from you!