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What Home Inspections Should You Get? Comprehensive Inspections and Tests for Homebuyers in Colorado

As you embark on this exciting journey of homeownership, it’s vital to remember that every dream home needs a bit of due diligence. Diving deep into inspections and tests can be the key to ensuring your new abode is as safe and sound as it is stunning. So, as you gear up to make one of the biggest investments of your life, let’s walk you through some essential checkpoints to consider, ensuring your Colorado home is truly a treasure trove of comfort and security.

Setting the Stage

Ah, the joys of buying a home in Colorado! The mountain views, fresh air, and vibrant communities make it a popular choice for many. However, amidst this excitement, it’s crucial to remember that a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. And like all major decisions, it deserves thorough research and preparation. This is where home inspections and tests step in, ensuring your new home is both a dream and a safe haven.

Emphasizing the Need for Inspections

Imagine buying a book by just looking at its cover. You might get lucky, or you might end up with a story that doesn’t resonate. Similarly, skipping inspections might result in overlooking crucial aspects of a home. But fear not! Here’s a handy guide to the must-have inspections for all prospective Colorado homeowners.

Deep Dive: Understanding the Inspections


Home Inspection

This is akin to a physical check-up but for your house. A home inspection provides a comprehensive overview of a property’s condition, letting you in on any quirks or repairs it might be hiding. Think of this ~$500 affair as your personal detective, uncovering any potential challenges. Remember, it’s always better to know now than regret later!

Radon Test

Nature is mesmerizing, but it has its secrets, like the colorless and odorless gas, Radon. Certain areas in Colorado have homes with high radon levels, and this ~$250 test ensures you’re not moving into one. Prolonged exposure to this silent killer can lead to lung cancer. While radon is easy and efficient to mitigate, a radon test will help you know if a mitigation system is necessary to install or not.

Sewer Line Scope

Plumbing woes can drown your joy, and that’s precisely what the Sewer Line Scope aims to prevent. For ~$300, a camera sneaks into the property’s sewer system, ensuring there are no impending blockages or damages. Trust us, the last thing you want in your new home is an unexpected plumbing surprise!

Methamphetamine Test

It might seem odd, but with the rise in meth production in some homes, this ~$300 test is essential. It checks for any residues from meth usage or production, safeguarding your health and ensuring the property value isn’t compromised. Your home should be a sanctuary, not a threat!

Mold Test

Mold can be more than an unsightly spot on your wall; it can be a health hazard. Damp environments can lead to mold growth, which can cause allergies and respiratory issues. Mold tests are often swab tests of specific areas you identify in advance of the test, not entire rooms or areas. Testing for mold ensures you’re not inhaling harmful spores every time you take a deep, relaxing breath in your new space. Costs vary based on quantity of swab samples.

Lead-Based Paint Test

Especially important for homes built before 1978, this test identifies the presence of lead in the paint. Exposure to lead can have several health implications, especially for children. 

This test usually involves the professional scraping a specific section of paint the buyer identifies in advance, sending it to a lab, and waiting on the results. Costs vary based on swatch samples.


Wrapping Up

Embarking on the home-buying journey in Colorado is thrilling. But as you get lost in the views and possibilities, always prioritize safety and knowledge. A few inspections now can ensure your future home is both dreamy and dependable.


  1. Are these tests a legal requirement?
    Not all, but they’re highly recommended to help you get to know the home you are buying.
  2. Do the Sellers need to vacate the home during these tests?
    Typically, the Seller should not be present during the home inspection. 
  3. Can I go to the home inspection?
    Yes, though Buyers typically come for the last 30 minutes of the inspection and not the whole thing (so the inspector can focus on their job and not miss anything). In fact, Buyers are encouraged to attend the inspection so they can walk through the home to learn about maintenance tips and where major systems and components can be found.
  4. How long does each test take?
    Times vary, but generally, most tests are completed within one to three business days.
  5. What if a test returns with negative results?
    It’s a point of negotiation with the seller, either for repairs or price adjustments. It’s important to note that a home inspection will come back with something negative, since no home is perfect. However, what is considered “negative” is ultimately in the eye of the Buyer and should be treated on a case by case basis.
  6. Are inspectors licensed in Colorado?
    No. In fact, in Colorado, anyone can be a home inspector. We suggest working with someone who is certified by a reputable certifying body such as The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI®, follows specific standards, and has a proven track record of success. The Jamie & Nolan Team are happy to provide recommendations to Inspectors we trust.

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