5 Worst Problems Found in Colorado Home Inspections
Nine out of 10 home buyers believe that a home inspection is a necessity, according to a study by the American Society of Home Inspectors. Unfortunately, home inspections have a habit of turning up unwelcome surprises. We’ve assembled a list of the most common repairs needed after a home inspection.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally. It is often found in the basement and crawlspace of a Colorado home. Since radon can be present in houses of any age, every home should be tested. Home testing kits are available, but a professional test will give more accurate results.
In Denver, the average professional radon test costs around $598 according to our sources.
Dry Rotted Wood
When unsealed wood is exposed to the elements, it can decay or rot. According to the Denver Post, dry rot is one of the most common problems found in Colorado homes. Because of the arid climate, bare wood tends to dry out quickly after it gets wet, causing dry rot. The solution is to keep wood primed and painted.
In Denver, repairing or replacing wood siding costs an average of $796. And repair costs can shoot up even higher if dry rot exists underneath.
The average life expectancy for asphalt shingles is 15 to 40 years. As the roof ages, the shingles tend to warp and lose granular material. Over time, water can intrude into the home and cause serious damage.
In Denver, the average roof repair costs $553, according to various sources.
Plumbing issues are common in older Colorado homes. As pipe materials corrode or break down, leaks can form. Sometimes the problem can be repaired, but in a worst-case scenario, the entire system must be replaced.
In Denver, installing new plumbing pipes normally costs around $1206.
Experts estimate that as many as 95% of the minor cracks in Colorado home foundations are harmless, a result of normal curing, expansion and contraction, or settling. But if the crack is a quarter-inch wide or larger, that could indicate a serious foundation problem.
Repairing a foundation can cost thousands. In Denver, the average foundation repair often costs $5287.
We have detailed several common home inspection issues you may encounter. If you do come across any of these issues in your home and they are more than you wish to address, please contact us. We will do an in-person visit and give you a no-obligation cash offer that won’t change at closing.