Colorado Springs, just 50 miles south of Denver, is an outdoor lovers paradise with many attractions, most notably:
Buying a home in Colorado Springs is as competitive as it gets. That means you need to have your ducks in a row before you make an offer. If you have an experienced, qualified home inspector then it makes your life that much easier when you ask the seller to repair certain items.
A quality home inspection company will walk you through the major items while you're at the inspection and highlight them in an easy-to-read home inspection report.
Many Colorado Springs home inspectors are a member of InterNACHI, which is the largest home inspector association for training and education in Boulder!
Each home inspector might include or exclude certain items but in general you can expect most inspectors to inspect the following areas:
This includes roof coverings, gutters, downspouts, vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, & general structure of the roof.
- ATTIC, INSULATION & VENTILATION
Siding, windows, exterior doors, flashing & trip, walkways, driveways, stairs, patios & decks & drainage.
- BASEMENT, FOUNDATION AND/OR CRAWLSPACE & STRUCTURE
Signs of foundation movement, cracks, structural concerns, and indication of water penetration.
- HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS
Heating & Cooling systems, energy source.
Main water & fuel supply shut-off valves, water heater, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, drain, waste & vent systems.
Service drop, overhead service conductors, main service disconnect, grounding, switches, light fixtures, AFCI & GFCI receptacles, & presence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- DOORS, WINDOWS & INTERIOR
Colorado Springs is no different than other hot states and areas of CO like Denver where it's a seller's market, even with nearly 2,000 homes for sale as of May. In terms of your home inspection, you can expect to get few concessions from the seller so focus on the parts of your home inspection report that point to the major safety hazards.
Median list price - $376k
Average asking price is up 8.8% over this time last year, which means the Colorado Springs market has heated up significantly with how much Denver's growth has spilled down.
At the end of the day you want to be in a home that is safe and that you can make your own. Finding a qualified home inspector is the first step to making sure you know the investment you're making.