What Your Colorado Springs Home Inspection Should Cover

- Siding: Look for dents or buckling, along with siding damage due to moisture

- Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage, settling and shifting

- Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks

- Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for the Colorado Springs climate

- Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping

- Roof: Look for age and type, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts

- Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away

- Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, and rot

- Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room

- Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation

- Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating

- Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.

- Garage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor-cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism

- Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell

- Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof

- Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family

- Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains

- Check for permits on all improvements including furnaces, basements, water heaters, and sunrooms

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