About Our Northern Colorado Inspection Company
Certified Home Inspection Services in NOCO
Lockhart Home Inspection is a locally owned family business serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and more. When you need a home inspection in Northern Colorado and along the Front Range, we’re the trustworthy team you can rely on. All inspectors working with Lockhart Home Inspections are InterNACHI certified professionals who adhere to the InterNACHI’s standard of practices. Many of our clients say that our inspectors go above and beyond those standards in the scope of an inspection. We also offer Certified Sewer Scope Inspections as well as Licensed Radon Testing for even better Peace of Mind that your home is SAFE and that you can be confident in your investment.
Why should I get a home inspection?A home inspection is intended to determine if a home is safe. Health & Safety issues can be identified and addressed before someone gets hurt or it becomes your responsibility for costly repairs or replacement. The average homeowner saves around $14,000 on the price of their home when they have a home inspection performed before closing on the property. -according to a study by Porch.com. Identifying issues and the condition of big ticket items will give you the Peace of Mind you can move forward with the purchase of your new home. Lockhart Home Inspection LLC are InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspectors and inspect every property according to the NACHI Standards of Practice. As a NACHI member we are able to offer our "We'll Buy Your House Back Guarantee" (visit https://www.nachi.org/buy.htm for more info on this amazing program!)
Why are Radon tests so important?The EPA estimates that nearly 50% of homes in Colorado have dangerous levels of Radon gas present in homes. Nearly 21,000 deaths are attributed to Radon gas every year. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking world wide. Due to higher levels of Radon common throughout Colorado, it is always recommended that you conduct a test to confirm the home’s current levels. Energy efficient homes can trap the naturally occurring gas inside the home without proper mitigation. If the home currently has a mitigation device, the EPA also recommends it being tested every few years to ensure its effectiveness. Radon tests are left in the home for 48 hours then retrieved to evaluate results. Lockhart Home Inspection LLC is certified by the National Radon Safety Board and licensed in the State of Colorado to test and measure Radon. Colorado RME #0000150
When should I schedule the inspection?For a pre-purchase inspection, we recommend scheduling the inspection as soon as possible! Objection Deadlines are often quickly approaching in the purchasing process and the inspection should be done earlier rather than later. For warranty specific inspections schedule your inspection around the 11-month mark. Builders cover many major items under warranty for the first 12 months, but are not likely to remind you of that date.
What gets inspected during a home inspection?Your Family's Health & Safety are our top concern. From top to bottom, inside and out, we inspect your home according to the interNACHI Standards Of Practice to ensure a thorough, detailed, and top quality report. Lockhart Home Inspection will evaluate all areas of the home and it's major components to determine the condition and if there are any possible Health & Safety concerns that may need addressed. All areas we are safely able to access with a visual non invasive inspection and function of systems using normal operating controls will be evaluated. Here are just some of the items that are part of a routine certified inspection : the basement/crawlspace, the mechanical systems, plumbing, garages, attics and roof. Our IR Thermal Scan will also help detect plumbing issues, moisture intrusion, electrical hot spots and possible missing insulation.
Do I need a Sewer Scope inspection?We highly recommend getting a certified sewer scope inspection on every property. The homeowner is responsible for the entirety of the length of the sewer line usually past the property until it joins the city main. Sewer line repairs can be costly rising up thousands of dollars depending on the location of a break or blockage in the line. If excavation is needed to replace the line the cost will rise more. Why risk the nightmare of a damaged sewer line? Add a certified Sewer Scope service and inspection for the ultimate Peace of Mind!
How long does a home inspection take?A typical home at 2500sq/ft will usually take 3-4 hours to complete. Your certified inspector takes special attention evaluating the property in its entirety. Exterior inspections include visible portions of the foundation, site drainage, roof, gutters, siding, windows, doors, vegetation present around the home and more! The Interior inspection includes structural portions visible in the attic and living spaces, visible portions of the foundation slab and walls, electrical, heating systems, plumbing and more! Depending on the size and age of the home or if there are multiple heating sources, some larger homes can take up to five hours to complete. You will receive your full written inspection report normally within approximately 24 hours.
Do I need to be there?You are not required to be at the inspection, but we recommend it! If you are able to attend the inspection, you will be able to get a much better understanding of your home’s condition and learn tips on maintaining certain items as well. If you are unable to attend the full inspection, you are welcome to join your inspector near the end of the process where we can review and summarize the findings in person. Don't worry! If you are unable to attend any of the inspection, we can set up a phone call or Zoom meeting as well. Our reports are easy to navigate and understand. Your Inspector will be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns if any are to arise.
How much does a home inspection cost?Cost will vary according to both the size and the age of a home. The average home inspection with added radon test and sewer scope inspection is less than $1000. Finding just one safety or condition issue with a big ticket item can instantly offset the cost of an inspection by a reflection in drop of price in the home. The average homeowner saves close to $14,000 from having an inspection performed. You can't put a price on that Peace of Mind.
Should I waive my home inspection?Waiving a Home Inspection is never recommended! Even if you're purchasing a home "as-is" a home inspection is a good idea. Knowing the condition of your home is a valuable tool for you the home owner. The one time you may want to give up your right to a home inspection is when the market is hot and there is stiff competition and bidding wars among buyers. And as the market heats up in 2023, many home buyers may choose to waive the right to a home inspection. This makes it hard to compete with buyers who want to do a home inspection. Waiving your right to a home inspection may significantly strengthen your offer in the seller’s eyes. You have just removed a huge layer of risk for the sellers by forgoing your right to a home inspection. And, an offer with a home inspection contingency will be worth less money than one without. But, be fully aware of the consequences ... You will own any problems after the sale. Giving up your right to a home inspection is not for the faint at heart but it may help get your offer accepted. Move forward at your own risk (literally!) Health & Safety issues can cause serious injuries, long term health concerns and even death!
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We service Northern Colorado and the Front Range. We’ve inspected homes in many of these communities:
-Greeley -Fort Collins -Loveland -Longmont -& More!
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Besides our professional and well-trained team, we also offer special deals for our clients, including:
$50 off for first-time homebuyers and military veterans
A FREE IR thermal scan with home inspection service
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