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Since 2007, DayStar Inspections Inc has been giving their clients the critical information they need to make a confident decision when purchasing their next home. Are you emotionally attached to a property? We'll help you get over it. Our level headed "on-site insight reality check" is second to none. Using time tested inspection techniques and experience gleaned through performing over 5,000 home inspections, we inspect the subject property, capture data along the way, then craft a concise report which informs and educates.
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Your home inspector will perform a “limited visual inspection” of the readily accessible general systems and components of the home. Average time to inspect an average home (3 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 car garage) is approx 3 hours. The goal is to identify any system or component listed in the report which may be in need of immediate major repair or appears unsafe. The home inspection will not include any destructive dismantling, or technically exhaustive studies. Destructive dismantling is often tempting, but we exhibit restraint (by leaving our demolition tools behind), and will recommend you seek further evaluation by a qualified contractor if necessary.
At the conclusion of the home inspection, your inspector will discuss any issues found during the inspection and advise on how to proceed. Purchasing a home is an adult activity. Your inspector will not tell you whether you should move forward or "kill the deal". That decision is totally up to you. Your home inspection report will be sent to the cloud later the same day and you will receive notification via email when your report is ready for viewing.
This inspection is absolutely essential if you are purchasing a home built before 1985, and highly recommended for homes of any age, including new builds. Condos and Townhomes with shared sewer lines are an exception. Homes built between the late 1800’s and up to the mid 1980’s commonly have a vitreous clay tile lateral sewer line. This type of line is notorious for a number of performance issues including: root intrusion from nearby trees and shrubs due to loose/leaking joints, offset joints, sagging and/or poor pitch due to settling. Sewer line replacement can cost several thousand dollars. Your home inspector will use a state of the art video camera to inspect the line from the home to the city sewer main or septic tank. The video is documented and uploaded to the cloud. A link will be provided for your viewing pleasure or to share with others.
Radon gas is prevalent in Colorado. The only way to find out if your home has unhealthy levels of radon is to have it tested. Your home inspector will place a continuous radon monitor at the lowest potential living space in the home. The monitor will record the average radon level for each hour during the test. The monitor is equipped with a disturbance sensor to try to detect cheaters/dishonest sellers. After approximately 48 hours, your home inspector will arrive at the home and retrieve the results from the monitor’s non-volatile memory. Your home inspector will then produce a web ready version of the radon report for you to view.
The EPA recognizes the limited reliability and usefulness of certain short term tests (48 hours). As such, we recommend conducting a long term test under normal living conditions after moving in, (something we are not equipped to offer) which is more likely to predict the actual need for mitigation. This is assuming the seller has pushed back on your request to install a radon mitigation system based on results from our short term test.
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