When to choose your own home inspector.

So your offer has been accepted on a new home. It’s time to schedule your home inspection. Your realtor says here’s a list of a few home inspectors, why don’t you check their prices? Sounds like a good idea, Right? Oh, what does this really mean? It means that you’ve been told to use the lowest common denominator to make the biggest financial decision of your life, instead of, how…

It's not CMIR!

Certified Move In Ready

Hey Listing agents; The Real Estate market in Northern Colorado is showing signs of returning to a balanced, neutral market. With that in mind, I think it’s time to look at getting homes pre-inspected. We call pre-inspected homes CMIR, “CERTIFIED MOVE IN READY”. A major benefit for any seller, a CMIR inspection helps secure the deal by sharing the homes condition in a written report, produced by a professional inspection…

Why do we hire these people?

Well this is a perfectly good day to rant about the poor quality of home inspectors out there. I’m inspecting a home that another inspector had looked at previously. I was given a copy of his report and started going through it. The inspector was certified but seemed to be completely incompetent. He was concerned about an unsupported front porch which turned out to be unsubstantiated, yet missed other structural…

My Errant Blog Post

10-10 Car Go Bag This week I intended to start a series of posts on Pre-Listing/Pre-Market inspections. I had the best of intentions but ended up with this instead. So here it is, short and sweet. Just do it! Notes: Can use a thrift store duffle bag or even better a backpack. Remember this is for grab-and-go and you may be duplicating some items that you leave in your car…

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Home Winterization

I know this is a little late in the season, but I don’t think our Colorado winter is over yet. -Bruce Home Winterization: What to Do Yourself and What to Leave to a Professional You’re probably moving your summer clothes to storage and pulling out your cold weather gear right around this time. Likewise, you’re probably thinking about changing your car’s tires to snow tires and getting a pre-winter tune…

Summer look

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams. The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like a great idea. It doesn’t have to be. The…

How to Stay on Top of Your End-of-Summer Home Maintenance

As the summer winds down and the warmer weather transitions into fall, many homeowners resolve to finish some home maintenance projects before the weather gets too cold. This is a wise decision, especially considering that severe winter weather is the third leading cause of insured catastrophic losses. (The other leading causes, tornadoes and hurricanes, can also happen during this time of year.) Homeowners can literally save themselves upwards of tens…

5 SIMPLE PROJECTS TO RE-MAKE YOUR BACK YARD.

Your focus changes during the warm weather months. Your backyard becomes your new living room and the most memorable evenings are spent outdoors with friends and loved ones. This is provided, of course, that you have the perfect space for such gatherings. If you don’t, not to worry, the right project can get you there. DIY was made for goals such as this, and a simple weekend project can recreate…

Landscape Grading and Drainage

The most common defect I find on homes is improper grading. Improper grading is when the landscape contour or some other element near the foundation doesn’t effectively carry rain water away from the foundation. This can be a huge problem because it can cause damage to the foundation and allow moisture into the basement or crawlspace. Another example of poor drainage and grading is exterior basement window bulkheads that don’t…