by Pete Doty – Denver real estate agent

It’s easy to make sure the home you’ve chosen is a smart buy. By having a home inspection, the home’s vital systems are checked. A home inspection allows you to purchase your home with confidence. I will help you set one up after you have chosen the home you like.

Here is  some criteria to choose an inspector:

1. Membership in ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and adherence to its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics or a member of NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors).

2. Written report at the time of inspection. Items on your inspection report will include:

FOUNDATIONS, BASEMENTS, AND STRUCTURES Basement floor and walls, proper drainage and ventilation, evidence of water seepage.

EXTERIOR SIDING, WINDOWS, DOORS Exterior walls, windows, and doors; porches, decks, and balconies; garage.

ROOF Roof type and material, condition of gutters and downspouts.

INTERIOR PLUMBING SYSTEM Hot and cold water system; the waste system and sewage disposal; water pressure and flow; and hot water equipment.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Type of service, the number of circuits, type of protection, outlet grounding, and the load balance.

CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM Energy source, type of cooling equipment, capacity, and distribution.


INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS, FLOORS, WINDOWS AND DOORS Walls, floors, ceilings, stairways, cabinets, and countertops.

ATTIC Structural, insulation, and ventilation information.

FIREPLACE Notes about the chimney, damper, and masonry.

GARAGE Doors, walls, floor, opener.

APPLIANCES Includes a wide range of built-in and other home appliances, smoke detectors, and  television/cable hookups.


LOT AND LANDSCAPING Ground slope away from foundation, condition of walks, steps, and driveway.

RADON TESTING is available for your new or used home, please be sure to indicate whether you would like this done, prior to inspection. Click here for the EPA Guide to Radon for HOME BUYERS AND SELLERS

MOLDS Your Inspector will look for molds, but if this is an important issue, there are companies whom you can hire to inspect the home for Molds. Please be sure to indicate this prior to inspection. Click here for the EPA Mold Guide