With the housing market as it has been for the last seven or eight years, which in flux and unpredictable, buying a house can be a pretty daunting prospect. It is scary to think about the risk that is involved in buying a home. And right now, I am only talking about the market forces. You cannot know if the value of real estate or homes, in general, will change or fluctuate. I am not even referring to the added risk that this involved in the particular home that we are talking about. If there are problem with the house itself, then this adds another level of risk. But there is good news. This class of problems and risk is much more easy to manage and comprehend than the housing market.
When you find the house that fits your needs, your location, and the level of risk that you want to take on, you have to pull the trigger pretty fast. Even in a hot market or a cold market, decisiveness is key. But do not be too quick. A Colorado home inspection can be an investment that will save you a lot of time and effort. Do not get too excited when you see the house on paper (or even in person) without getting a thorough inspection. Just because it meets the criteria as set by the market, it may not be a good buy based on the integrity of the house. In Colorado, radon is a particularly important thing to account for. The levels of radon in your home can be a serious health factor. This is especially the case if you have a basement, which is where the radon comes from, or if you have children, who are particularly susceptible to radon poisoning. Radon testing should be one of the first things you go for.
But there are a number of other things that could disqualify a house from the being a good buy. Mold testing is an important factor to account for when buying a house. You may be thinking of the mold that is on your food when you leave it in the frig for too long. The mold that gets in a house is more persistent than that. Instead, it can be an infestation that will hector you throughout your ownership of the house.
I will close on an anecdote about buying a house in Colorado and the important of getting a home inspection before getting too excited. My cousin and her fiancé were moving to Denver from San Francisco. They moved in with someone else, but they were on the house hunt immediately. It consumed them. They were just looking at their phones all of the time. Finally, they found what would be their dream home. They celebrated. They cheered. In their minds, they were already homeowners. But then the inspection came. The house had some serious problems. Instead of doing all of the paperwork for weeks, they could have determined this house was not suitable with a quick home inspection early on.