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The Ultimate HERS Rating Guide Part 3: What Is A Trade-Off?

As we talked about in the earlier parts of this HERS rating guide, a HERS rating is a calculated score that quantifies the energy efficiency of a home. When a HERS rating is performed before a home is built, it can be used as a method to comply with energy efficiency code requirements instead of [...]

By |2019-07-10T11:18:26-06:00July 15th, 2019|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|0 Comments

The Ultimate HERS Rating Guide Part 2: What Is The HERS Score Index?

You may have heard the term "HERS rating" used regarding home construction and energy efficiency.  You may have even seen and read through a HERS report, or you may have a HERS certificate for your own home. Or you may have read our first blog in this series, What Is A HERS Rating.  Many have [...]

By |2019-07-05T10:42:47-06:00July 9th, 2019|Energy Code Info, HERS Ratings|0 Comments

Common Problems Found During A Sewer Pipe Inspection

Sometimes sewer issues go undetected until they do a good bit of damage to your home. As you might imagine, sewer lines need just as much attention and maintenance as other parts of your home. However, we tend to overlook them because we don’t know what we don’t see. If you suspect something might be [...]

By |2019-06-28T10:30:37-06:00July 1st, 2019|Sewer Scope Info|0 Comments

The Green MLS: Energy Efficiency and the Multiple Listings Service

If you have bought or sold a home with a real estate agent, you likely interacted with the MLS. MLS stands for Multiple Listings Service and is a compilation of all the homes for sale at any particular time. The listings can be accessed through certified brokers, and there are many companies that offer MLS [...]

By |2019-07-01T14:41:31-06:00June 25th, 2019|Energy Audit Info, Energy Code Info|0 Comments

Breaking Down The Boulder Rental License Requirements

Boulder's Rental License program is one of the first of its kind. The program requires Boulder homeowners to pass a general health and safety inspection before being allowed to rent a property in the city. Because of the university and the subsequent high volume of rental units, the city decided to create a baseline for [...]

Thinking of skipping a home inspection? Here’s why you shouldn’t…

Buying a home can be a stressful process, and most likely the most important financial decision you'll ever make.  Many first-time buyers don’t realize that there are some crucial steps in home buying such as arranging for a home inspection. Maybe people also wonder, "do I need a home inspection or not?" A home inspection [...]

By |2019-06-27T15:51:59-06:00June 5th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Common Issues Resulting From Bath Fan Venting Problems (And What To Do About Them)

Bathrooms are one of the most humid, damp, and moisture-prone areas of the home, which means that bath fan venting is critical for preventing issues like wood rot or mold growth in the home. Bath fan venting problems often occur because it is an afterthought in many renovations, and even in new home builds. If [...]

By |2019-05-22T10:33:34-06:00May 28th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Using Infra-Red Cameras To Find Hidden Moisture Issues

Detecting moisture in a home with the use of infra-red cameras is smart science! This noninvasive technique is an extremely affordable way to find out what is going on behind the scenes in your home. With the aid of a special handheld device, your inspector can assess potential problem areas during a pre-listing or pre-purchase [...]

By |2019-06-27T16:18:40-06:00May 23rd, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Understanding The Relationship Between You, Your Home Inspector, And Your Real Estate Agent

If you’re buying a home, we know the process can sometimes be intimidating. From real estate agents to home inspectors and mortgage brokers, there are a lot of different people involved in the purchase of a home.  Sometimes, it can be confusing regarding the working relationship that you should have with each person involved. So, [...]

By |2019-06-27T14:40:25-06:00May 20th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

The Top 12 New Construction Home Defects

You may think that purchasing a brand new home would mean that you don’t have to worry about defects or quality issues – but new construction defects are more common than you might think. Builders subcontract out most of the work when it comes to large building sites. All that coordination and in and out [...]

By |2019-05-07T13:02:16-06:00May 14th, 2019|Ask Your Inspector|1 Comment