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A-Pro Home Inspection Aurora provides comprehensive 500-point home inspections in Aurora and surrounding areas. A-Pro Home Inspection Aurora is the surrounding areas most trusted name. Licensed, Certified, Insured and bonded.
A-Pro Home Inspection Aurora provides comprehensive 500-point home inspections in Aurora and surrounding areas. A-Pro Home Inspection Aurora is the surrounding areas most trusted name. Licensed, Certified, Insured and bonded.

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Four Ways a Home Inspection Can Save You a Ton of Money

If you’re like many people navigating the housing market, you’ve seen your share of the good, the bad, and the ugly when scrutinizing potential candidates for your dream home.

Our advice: Take off the rose-colored glasses and call an experienced home inspection company. A comprehensive, 500-point third-party visual examination of the home’s major systems will give you a complete picture of what you’re getting into, without your emotions getting in the way.

Here are four areas (there are many more) that demand the expertise of a certified home inspector:

Roof: Roof repairs can put a significant dent in a homeowner’s wallet, while a new roof—depending on the material used and complexity—can end up costing many thousands of dollars.

Plumbing System: To the untrained eye, a plumbing system may appear to be working fine. But don’t trust your instincts alone when water—a home’s worst enemy—is at work. A burst pipe that causes significant flooding can bring astronomical restoration costs, or, in worst cases, leave the home uninhabitable.


Sewer: Damaged and clogged sewer lines can nail homeowners with unpleasant surprises: backed-up water and raw sewage in the home, a significant rise in sewer bills due to a leak in the main line, and budget-busting repair and replacement costs. Even without digging, an inspector can identify signs of sewer line issues.

Electrical System: Faulty or outdated electrical wiring poses a double threat—thousands of dollars in replacement costs and a severe shock and fire hazard. Often in older homes, the inspector will find amateurish and inconsistent wiring, or dangerous knob and tube wiring that should be replaced.

The above represents only a small part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector, visit http://www.homeinspectionauroraco.com/ or call (303) 557-0033.
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Schedule a Sewer Scope as Part of
Your Aurora Home Inspection

When searching for the perfect home, you’ll want to make sure there are no surprises that could cost money and cause headaches once you’ve settled in. One of the more unpleasant moments new homeowners encounter is the sight of water backing up into their home or the smell of raw sewage due to a clogged sewer line. Even more troubling can be a significant rise in your water and sewer bills when mainline leaks are present.

During your home inspection, find out if your home inspector performs “sewer scopes” of the main sewer line in addition to a complete visual foundation-to-roof home inspection. This valuable service, performed by companies such as A-Pro Home Inspection, can identify trouble before you sign on the dotted line. Many home-shoppers have found that hiring one company to perform the standard home inspection plus the sewer line inspection saves them time and money.

Sewer scope inspections are not typically included in a typical home inspection and are usually ordered separately. Most professionals recommend performing a sewer scope inspection on a home 25 years or older. However, some real estate agents argue that they should always be performed as part of the home inspection process.

Before 1984, many homes constructed used clay sewer pipes, which are easily broken, crushed, and or separated. A sewer scope inspection may also be helpful if water is backing up inside the home or in the crawlspace, if there are large trees in the yard near the sewer or if the ground has moved or settled near the sewer line this too could be cause for concern.

Inspecting a home’s sewer line is just one part of A-Pro’s home inspection services. To schedule an inspection today, call now (303) 557-0033.
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Brick Exterior Inspections…Ask Your Home Inspector about These Four Common Problems

If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s easy to be dazzled by features that have instant curb appeal, such as brick exteriors. What may appear as perfect masonry work, though, may present problems that bear a much closer examination.

At A-Pro Home Inspection, our inspectors have years of experience at pointing out apparent defects and reporting on hidden problems in brick exteriors. Here are just a couple examples:

Bulging: The home inspector will note bowed or bulging walls—another indication that the forces of water are at play. Dry clay-fired brick, for example, will expand as it absorbs moisture. In severe cases, bricks will become dislodged. A lack of sufficiently sized expansion joints may leave no wiggle room for the wall, resulting in outward or inward movement. Further, water can rust and weaken the ties that secure brick to a wood structure.

Cracked and Missing/Decaying Mortar Joint Sections: Cracks, particularly diagonal ones, can compromise the integrity of a brick wall and provide tell-tale signs that even bigger problems may lie ahead. Due to typical brick wall aging, many homes will show mortar joints that will need to be tuck-pointed. Your home inspector will highlight these issues in the report.

Inspecting a home’s exterior is just one part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector in Aurora, call now (303) 557-0033
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Five Questions a Homebuyer, Seller or Realtor® Should Ask a Aurora Home Inspector before Hiring Them

Not all home inspectors are the same. So how can you be confident that you’re hiring the right one? Whether you’re buying, selling, or just checking on your home’s condition, here are five key questions to ask:

Are you certified and insured? CHI® (Certified Home Inspector) or PHI® (Professional Home Inspector) certifications are important, but they're actually not required. These prestigious certifications will assure you that your inspector has undergone more than 500+ hours of education and advanced training, ensuring that your inspection is thorough and reliable. PHI certified inspectors take it a step further. They’re also required to carry Errors and Omissions Insurance coverage. So find out if your inspector has a PHI designation behind his name.

Are you ISHI® certified? Make sure your inspector is ISHI (International Society of Home Inspectors) certified. ISHI standards exceed all others in 14 vitally important ways. Here are some critical checkpoints only required for ISHI inspections: foundation, furnace heat exchanger, all accessible doors and windows, installed built-in appliances, all accessible outlets and more. Additionally, ISHI written reports include positive attributes of the home.

Do you inspect the foundation? Most don't. In fact, if they say yes, be sure to ask them how they inspect it. They should use a foundation level device to take measurements throughout the house to determine the levelness of the foundation. These measurements are then recorded on a diagram - included on a CAD drawing – showing any uneven foundation settlement.

What if a potential problem is found during the inspection? This may be hard to believe, but if a potential problem is found during an inspection, most inspectors will tell you to call an electrician, roofer, or plumber for further evaluation. With A-Pro, you will NEVER need to call a third party, saving you time, money, and hassle with our "no further evaluation guarantee."

What happens if you miss something during an inspection? With most inspectors, you will have to pay for repairs and replacements - even if the problem was missed during the inspection. Their evaluation is little more than an opinion. When you choose A-Pro, you receive this pledge: “If we don't report it, we repair it™” at our own expense, for covered claims up to 120 days.

Have additional questions? Please don’t hesitate to call 1(303) 557-0033 for an A-Pro Certified Aurora home inspector.
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Stairway Evaluation: One of the Most Vital
Parts of a Aurora Home Inspection

A home should be a place of safety and comfort. For an excited family that believes they have just found their dream home, the thought that inherent dangers lurk inside may be far out of the picture.

During a comprehensive Aurora home inspection, the home inspector will identify stairway attributes that pose a safety risk. The following represents only the most basic evaluations made during a typical residential Aurora home inspection:

Too Narrow: After careful evaluation, the home inspector will report on stairways that are less than the required 36 inches wide (26 inches for spiral staircases) above the handrail and 31-1/2 inches measured at the handrail. This deficiency will be noted in the home inspection report.

Too short: The home inspection will include measurements to see if the stairway meets the 80 inches in height safety standard.

Insufficient Landings: Landings should be at least as wide as the stairway (36 inches).

Risers Too High or Uneven: During the inspection, the home inspector will measure to see if risers are taller than the 7-3/4 minimum and if they maintain an even height (no more than 3/8-inch variation between them).

Inadequate Treads: For safe ascending and descending, treads should be at least 10 inches deep.

No Handrails: Stairways with at least four risers should have a minimum of one handrail. During the home inspection, it will also be determined if handrails and guardrails meet height standards and are strong enough to withstand typical force.

Lighting Concerns: The home inspector will report on whether there are enough light switches, as well as note if they are operational and provide enough illumination.

Aurora Home Inspection Safety Tip: Avoid using cleaning products that leave a slippery residue on bare wood treads. Your stairway may sparkle, but you will increase the risk of falling.

Stairway assessments are just one important part of an A-Pro 500-point home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro Aurora home inspector, call 1(303) 557-0033.
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