Benefits of Having Home Inspections Performed

Benefits of Having Home Inspections Performed


Whether looking to buy real estate for sale or wanting to sell an existing vacation property, home inspections are critical. As real estate specialists, we highly recommend that our customers choose to have an inspection done. Although we sell the most beautiful vacation real estate in multiple areas, including Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillion, and Silverthorne, it’s still a good idea to have a thorough home inspection performed as a way of identifying even the slightest problem.

While it makes sense to have home inspections done on an older vacation house or an apartment, it’s also essential to consider new home inspections. While similar, there are a few differences. For example, a review of a newly constructed house can help identify a faulty piece of equipment still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Different Types of Home Inspections

You’ll find there are several different types of home inspections. Although an expert does a thorough job regardless, sometimes vacation home buyers and sellers require a more extensive or specialized investigation. Regardless, all types of home inspections that we recommend or that people choose on their own, this comes with a comprehensive written report.

  • General Home – This “standard” inspection consists of looking at all the main features of the house, inside and outside.
  • Wood Boring Insect Damage – This entails having a licensed termite inspector check for any damage caused by wood-boring insects.
  • Well-Water Quality – For properties with a well, an inspector tests the water to ensure it’s safe for drinking.
  • Radon Gas – While naturally occurring, radon is a radioactive gas produced from uranium decay. Even if not in a high-risk area, it’s always a good idea to have radon gas testing performed.
  • Septic Tank – For properties with a septic tank, an inspection ensures it functions properly, which is essential.
  • Oil Tank – Testing is also critical for any vacation properties with a buried oil tank, whether currently used or not used, but still present.

One or several of these types of home inspections, as needed, give buyers and sellers much-needed confidence.

How Long Do Home Inspections Take?

Motivated buyers and sellers often ask, “How long do home inspections take?” The answer depends on several factors. For a general type of inspection, an expert can complete the job in about two to three hours. For large or complex designed homes, as well as those with oil tanks, septic tanks, and other specialized systems, it takes longer.

The duration also depends on whether the inspector gets another expert involved. For instance, if a termite inspector is also scheduled to visit a vacation property, that will add roughly 30 to 45 minutes to the overall process.

Home Inspection Checklist

Using an extensive home inspection checklist, a professional inspector doesn’t miss anything on vacation properties. Reputable companies rely on a home inspection checklist that keeps the on schedule and task, thereby streamlining the process and reducing cost. Below are some of the specific things typically checked with inspection services.

  • Appliances
  • Crawlspace and attic
  • Doors and windows
  • Driveway and walkway
  • Exterior paint, stucco, and siding
  • Faucets, sinks, and drains
  • Fireplaces
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Foundation
  • Grounds
  • Heating and cooling system
  • Insulation
  • Porch, deck, and railings
  • Plumbing
  • Rain gutters and downspouts
  • Roofing
  • Toilet, tub, and shower
  • Wiring and electrical components (paneling, power outlets, light switches)


For your dream vacation home, contact us at Key to the Rockies. If you decide to have an inspection done, we can recommend a highly respected company in the Colorado area. Our services cover Frisco CO, Breckenridge CO, Keystone CO, Silverthorne  CO, and Dillon CO.

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