Home Inspection Services in Colorado
We offer the following home inspection services from Denver to Colorado Springs:
Residential Home Inspections
Pre Listing Home Inspections
Home Maintenance Inspections
New Home Warranty Inspections
Real Estate Investor Inspections
Wood Destroying Pest Inspections
Well and Septic Inspections
Well Water Testing
Sewer Scopes (Longmont to Castle Rock)
We will inspect all visible and accessible components of the home. Our home inspection services are non invasive and conform to the nationally recognized standards of practice of NSHI.
NSHI Certification #216339
“You can trust your NSHI-certified inspector to have an allegiance to you alone. NSHI inspectors will not pay fees to realtors or hide conflicts of interest that could affect their clients in any way. Furthermore, in order to join NSHI inspectors are required to have a level of home inspection education that surpasses all other national home inspector association membership requirements.
NSHI is about knowledge, ethics, and trust. NSHI-certified inspectors will perform a knowledgeable analysis of the home’s major systems using national standards of practice that will provide vital information you need to know before you buy. Your interests will always come first and your NSHI inspector will never release information about the inspection to any other party without your permission.”
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A HOME INSPECTION?
Our home inspection services start with our basic full home inspection. Items typically included in our basic full home inspection
Foundation and Structure
Exterior Components: Siding, Trim, Windows, Doors, Decks, Patios, Driveway, Concrete
Roof, Gutters and Downspouts
Attics, Basements and Crawlspaces
Insulation and Ventilation
Electrical Systems and Components
Plumbing Systems and Components
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems and Components
Kitchen Including all Permanent Appliances
Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected. We will always make every attempt whenever possible to go above and beyond typical home inspection reporting. It is our sincere intent to provide you with the very best home inspection services possible.
HOME MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS
MC2 Home Inspections recommends that you receive a Home Maintenance Inspection every three to five years after you have closed on your property.
The number one reason that homeowners don’t get their homes periodically inspected is simply because they aren’t aware that the service is available outside of the real estate transaction period. The fact is that home maintenance inspections have always been available, but they simply aren’t marketed by real estate agents or most professional home inspection companies.
Many homeowners do not get a maintenance inspection because they believe that the home inspector will find thousands of dollars worth of damage that would cause a financial strain if fixed. But regardless of what the home inspector finds, you need to know the condition of your home. The home inspector cannot force you to fix anything, nor can they condemn your property. In other words, there is no “pass” or “fail” score. The vast majority of homeowners are pleasantly surprised to find that a maintenance inspection discovers the kind of damage that can often be repaired for very little money before such damage grows worse and costs run into the thousands of dollars to repair for you the homeowner.
MC2 Home Inspections is dedicated to helping you maintain your home with this valuable service. This way you can use your homes equity for more important things such as that much needed vacation, a new car or even your next home purchase, rather than extensive repairs due to deferred maintenance on your current home.
ONE YEAR HOME WARRANTY INSPECTIONS
Your one year builder’s warranty will expire usually at the end of the first 12 months after closing. In many cases, the one year warranty expiration marks your final opportunity to identify, document, and inform the builder of items that are in need of repair, adjustment or replacement. All safety hazards, repairs, and adjustments should be professionally documented BEFORE your builder is relieved of their responsibility under the one year warranty.
MC2 Home Inspections specializes in working with home owners with newer homes whose one year warranty is coming to an end. Once you have your home inspected by us you will receive our inspection report with digital photographs detailing the documentation you need to discuss any home problems with the quality of the materials or the workmanship with your builder. Educated homeowners with a home inspection report in their hands stand a much better chance of getting the builder to correct those items that are in need of repair or replacement.
We will thoroughly inspect your new home and properly address any warranty issues in writing that may be covered by your builder. Our detailed and thorough inspections can reveal items that are safety hazards or items that are not performing their intended function. Protect your investment and call us to schedule your warranty inspection. We invite you to call our office at (303) 688-0912 to speak with us about this service. Time is running out and once the 1 year anniversary of closing on your new home has passed, you are on your own in the builders eyes.
Without question, moisture intrusion, moisture damage and mold are some of the most common problems we see. Contrary to popular belief, our climate here in Colorado is very conducive to mold growth. Heavy snow, rains and flooding are just some of the many factors we deal with. Couple those factors with an older home that was not built with moisture prevention in mind at the time and you are bound to have problems. Even todays newer homes can have moisture problems. While construction techniques today are far better than they ever used to be they are only as good and efficient as the laborers who practice them.
There is a lot of mis-information concerning mold testing floating around the home inspection industry today. This is, in part, due to the fact that there is a large transition currently taking place in our industry. Here are some documented facts about the most common misconceptions concerning mold.
You cannot always see mold.
You cannot always smell mold.
Approximately 50% of all mold found in homes today is hidden.
In many cases the only way to tell if you have mold is by mold testing.
Prolonged exposure to elevated levels of mold spores can cause serious health problems.
You cannot remove or kill mold on porous surfaces with chlorine bleach.
KILZ primer does not kill mold nor will it encapsulate mold.
MC2 Home Inspections offers residential mold testing and third party clearance testing. We are certified through the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI) as Indoor Air Quality Professionals. We use the very latest in mold testing equipment and techniques, and adhere to nationally recognized formal protocols for mold testing.
Depending on your situation, we will take direct samples of any visual mold via tape lift to determine the type of mold present and its concentration level. If there is no visible mold present, there is still a possibility of it existing somewhere hidden. 50% of all mold found in homes is hidden behind drywall, underneath carpeting or pad, in the duct work etc. In this case we will take air samples using the Micro5 cassette to determine if higher than acceptable levels of mold spores exist in the air that you are breathing. We will drop off the samples for analysis the same day. Based off of the lab analysis we can narrow down the source possibility and offer suggestions on how to remediate the problem.
Most common symptoms from mold exposure: Chronic fatigue, difficulty breathing, headaches, hives, memory loss, coughing, sore chest, loss of concentration, eye redness, difficulties in learning, skin rashes, watery mucus drips from nose, skin redness, thick slime coming from nose, sneezing, itchy nose, mouth, eyes, throat and skin.
Mold is a very common and very serious issue, even here in Colorado. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home and have ANY concerns at all about Mold, put your mind at ease and have the home tested, if not by us, by someone.
Radon is a naturally occurring cancer causing, radioactive gas you can’t see, smell or taste.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and estimated to cause 21,000 deaths each year. Radon occurs from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon is found all over the United States and it can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools and build up to high levels which could lead to health problems.
Why you should test for Radon.
Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Colorado is well known for having higher than normal Radon levels due to the rich uranium deposits located in the Rocky Mountains.
High Radon levels can be reduced.
For home buyers during a real estate transaction, the EPA recommends that action be taken to reduce the home’s indoor Radon levels if the Radon testing result is 4 pCi/L or higher. For home sellers, it is preferable to correct a Radon problem before placing your home on the market because then you will have more time to address the Radon problem. If elevated levels are found during a real estate transaction, the buyer and seller should discuss the timing and costs of the Radon reduction, as with any other aspect of the home purchase and sale.
The Radon testing period inside in the home is 48 hours. We understand that time is of the essence during a Real Estate transaction; therefore we always try and schedule the Radon test in such a way where we can place the test inside the home prior to the initial home inspection. The results from the Radon test will be emailed to you in PDF format after the Radon test is complete and the results are downloaded. The results will include a detailed view of the Radon levels in the home and will offer recommendations on whether or not mitigation is necessary.
Termites in Colorado? Yes, we have them too even with our typically dry climate. In Colorado, the eastern subterranean termite is usually responsible for damage to homes. This is the same termite species that is found in the Midwest and the Northeast. These termites usually maintain contact with the soil in which the main nest is found. They search outside their nest for wood to feed on and construct mud tubes from the nest to the food source.
A proper termite and WDI inspection consists of several steps.
An inspection of the exterior of the home, looking for signs of termite activity such as termite shelter tubes, as well as conditions conducive to termite and other WDI infestation (such as wood that is too close to the ground, dead tree stumps by the house, improper grading, or tree branches overhanging or touching the home). The inspector will also look for evidence of infestation by other wood-destroying insects such as Carpenter bees, Carpenter ants, Powder post beetles and Borers.
An inspection of the interior of the home, with special emphasis on the basement, crawl space, garage, door and window frames, and other areas that are particularly prone to WDI infestation. This part of the inspection will be both visual and physical.The inspection typically involves visually inspecting, tapping, probing, and sounding susceptible wood. The inspector will also be looking for live termites and other insects as well as other evidence of infestation (tubing, frass, signs of prior treatments, etc.), damaged wood, and conditions conducive to infestation (such as excessive moisture levels).
We will provide a standardized inspection NPMA-33 form developed by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) and adopted by various state and federal agencies, that may sometimes include additional documents attached by the inspector to clarify the inspection findings. This form is accepted nationwide and is typically what your lender will require prior to closing.
WELL AND SEPTIC INSPECTIONS
We will examine all of the visible components of the well and will report on whether the integral parts of the well and pressure tank are operating satisfactorily. The inspection also includes a water test for Bacteria i.e. Ecoli and total Coliform. The sample will be sent to a local laboratory and the results will be emailed within 48 hours after collecting. You will also be provided with a report that will outline the inspectors findings on the day of inspection.
We will examine all of the visible components of the septic system. We will perform a tracer dye test which consists of adding an intense dye into the system and running 60 gallons of water per bedroom (typically 30-40 minutes). Our goal is to introduce a one day amount of water through the septic system and then check the septic field for any seepage and or odors. The tracer dye is fluorescent in color and in most cases can easily identify leaks within the septic system. We do limit the inspection to 100 feet of the home. You will be provided with a report that will outline the inspectors findings on the day of inspection.
WELL WATER TESTING
There is no such thing in nature as “pure” water. Nearly all water contains contaminants, even in the absence of nearby pollution-causing activities. Many dissolved minerals, organic carbon compounds, and microbes find their way into our drinking water as water comes into contact with air and soil. When pollutant and contaminant levels in drinking water are excessively high, they may affect certain household routines and/or be detrimental to human health.
Obvious problems, such as staining of plumbing fixtures and laundry, as well as many objectionable tastes and odors, may be evidence of excessive levels of contaminants in your water supply. Many of these impurities are naturally present and are considered a nuisance, presenting no hazard to human health. The presence of most harmful contaminants, however, is not always obvious and such contaminated water may not cause health-related symptoms for many years. As a result, the only way that you can ensure that your water supply is safe is to have a periodic laboratory water analysis done on your drinking water.
What’s in your drinking water? Don’t take a chance on risking your families health. We offer a complete Ecoli / Coliforms water analysis with a 48 hour turnaround time.
All of our home inspection services are available to anyone at anytime. We are available 7 days a week for your convenience.