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How We’re Keeping You Safe on Home Inspections

Call2Inspect has implemented the following procedures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. We’re doing everything we can to be safe and smart on home inspections. These measures will protect home buyers and sellers, Realtors, and our own staff.

Sellers

  • If at all possible, we ask that sellers please vacate the home during the course of the inspection. They should plan on being away for 3 hours for a house and 2 hours for a condo. We realize that this may be a big ask with the current business and school closures. Please, if possible, sellers should be away from the house during the inspection. If sellers cannot leave the house, we ask them to please stay in one room during the course of the inspection.
  • If the home seller does not want the buyer or buyer agent to attend the inspection, they should please tell the buyer agent directly. If a buyer or agent arrives to an inspection Call2Inspect will assume that permission has been granted for them to be in the house.

Buyers Who ARE NOT Attending the Inspection

  • We recognize that some of you may not be comfortable attending or may not be able to attend. In this case, please wait for your inspection report to be emailed, then read your report and phone your inspector and he will be happy to review any findings.
  • If desired, the inspector can do a brief FaceTime video walkthrough with you at the end of the inspection. You should phone the inspector ahead of time to arrange it.  You will please need to have FaceTime and Google Duo installed on your phone ahead of time.

Buyers Who ARE Attending the Inspection

  • If you are planning on attending, we ask you to please maintain a safe social distance of six feet to the inspector. In light of this, it would be best if you nominate only one person from your family to attend the inspection. Please plan on coming 2 hours after the scheduled start time for houses, and 1 hour after the scheduled start time for condos.
  • Out of respect to the seller, please do not touch anything in the home or sit on the furniture. Please wear any seller-provided shoe covers.

Realtors – If Realtors are planning on attending the inspection, we will be asking you to please maintain a safe social distance of six feet to the inspector.

Call2Inspect Inspectors

  • We are wearing face masks during inspection and a fresh set of nitrile gloves in every home
  • As always we continue to wear shoe covers indoors
  • We will not sit on furniture or touch anything other than items we need to inspect
  • In between jobs we are wiping down tools, phones, tablet computers, vehicles, and all other equipment with lysol spray and sanitizing wipes
  • Inspectors will not come to work sick
  • Inspectors will maintain a safe social distance of six feet

We understand these can be trying times for buyers and sellers and we wanted to let you know that we are doing everything we can to respect all parties and subject properties relative to hygiene procedures.

Keeping everyone safe on home inspections

We’re doing everything we can to keep you safe on home inspections, including wiping all our tools, phones, tablet computers, and cameras after each and every job. We’re also donning nitrile gloves and shoe covers. Please give us a call for your next home inspection! 303-730-7233

We’re Open! Real estate is exempt from Stay at Home order

Colorado updated Stay at Home order dated today 3/26/2020 allows for real estate transactions to proceed. Rule 3-C-7.

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While you’re waiting for it to arrive, check out our radon success tips below …

RADON SUCCESS TIPS

Dear Agents,
At Call2Inspect we’ve been measuring radon in Denver homes for over 15 years. Here are some tips we’ve learned over that time. As always, if you ever have a question about radon, just shoot me an email and I’ll try my best to get you an answer right away.  Dave Roos – dave@call2inspect.net

Keep it Simple Sister  (K.I.S.S.) – Radon can be a little complicated. As a Realtor don’t burden yourself with providing detailed scientific advice to your clients. Learn the basics about radon and let the experts handle the rest.

What to tell clients
1. Tell clients that radon is a soil gas that enters the home from beneath and can cause lung cancer.
It is common in Colorado.
2. Recommend that they get every house tested by an AARST/NRPP testing company like
Call2Inspect.
3. Point them to the Radon and Real Estate Transactions in Colorado brochure, which will answer most their questions and will take the monkey off your back! Link below.
4. Note – typically condos that are 3rd story or higher above the street do not need to be tested.
Why do Realtors need to be aware? HUD, EPA, and the State of Colorado recommend testing every
home during the home purchase process. Therefore a home purchase is a “trigger” for radon
testing.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that enters homes through the soil beneath. Long term exposure to radon in homes can cause lung cancer. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Like oxygen, radon is colorless and odorless.

Radon is real in Colorado – Every Colorado county is in EPA zone level one, which means every home has a high likelihood of high radon. About 1/2 of the homes in the Denver area are thought to have elevated radon levels.

But don’t be afraid – Radon is common and any house can be fixed. Most houses can be fixed for about $1,000. It’s never a reason to not buy a house. Repeat, the presence of radon in a home is NOT a reason for forego a home purchase.

Learn the terminology – Radon is measured in “picocuries per liter of air.” Practice saying that a couple times so it quickly rolls off your tongue. The abbreviation is pCi/l. Sometimes we just say “picocuries,” which is fine.

Is there a safe level of radon? – The current recommendation is to fix houses that measure 4 picocuries per liter of air and above. 4 picocuries is known as the “Action Level.” Keep things simple for your clients: if the reading is at or above 4 picocuries per liter of air – advise to fix the house.

How long does it take to test a house? – The minimum test duration is 48 hours. The doors and windows in the house should be closed for the duration of the test period.

Measurement cost? A professional test should be less than $200.

Can my client use a DIY kit from Home Depot? – Technically yes, practically no. Hardware store test kits work great but their laboratory turnaround time is usually longer than the inspection contingency period. Also the test result won’t have professional credibility so it could be challenged by the home seller. Professional testing companies use electronic equipment that provides credible, immediate results.

What if the house has a mitigation system already? – Measure the house again unless it’s been measured in the last year or two. We’ve seen many radon systems that visually appeared to be OK but weren’t effectively mitigating the radon. We can’t rely on our eyes when it comes to the health of the radon system and consequently the health of the home.

Trusted sources of information – Your three top trusted advisors are:
● AARST/NRPP certified measurement providers like Call2Inspect
● The Colorado state radon office within the Colorado State Department of Health and
Environment (CDPHE)
● US EPA

Who not to trust – There is LOTS of stuff on the internet about radon, often inaccurate, and frequently contradictory. Well meaning friends and family tend to be very opinionated about radon, and quick offer their “expert” advice. I’ll never forget one time when I measured a neighbor’s house that returned a quite high reading. Obviously I recommended she get the house fixed. She told me she wasn’t going to follow my advice because another neighbor “whose husband is an engineer and knows about these things” told her that it wasn’t a concern. Seriously? Your home buying clients are depending on you, so point them to expert advisors.

Online sources:
● Your tiny bible for radon – 90% of your radon information can be obtained by reading the brochure Radon and Real Estate Transactions in Colorado . Call2Inspect provides a paper copy of this guide with every home inspection. Get your digital version here: Radon and Real Estate Transactions brochure
● Order a radon test with Call2Inspect – call 303-730-7233
● Call2Inspect radon page – call2inspect.net/radon
● Certified testing and mitigation contractors – nrpp.info/pro-search/
● Colorado radon office at the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) –
coloradoradon.info
● United States E.P.A. radon page – epa.gov/radon

Myths:
Only houses with basements need to be tested.
False. Crawlspace and slab foundations tend to have lower radon levels, but they often exceed the EPA action level and should be tested.

Houses with “structural” basement floors do not need to be tested.
False. These homes tend to have lower radon levels, but they often exceed the EPA action level and should be tested.

We’re not going to live in the basement, therefore radon is not a concern.
False. Radon is highest in the basement but it circulates throughout the home.

The test result was 3.9 picocuries, it’s lower than 4 so I don’t need to fix the house.
False. 3.9 picocuries is not zero. It’s still very close to the action level of 4. You should consider fixing the house or measuring it again with the long-term protocol.

The house was closed up for a long time before the test, the test result is going to be skewed high and not valid.
False. Radon levels in the home reach a steady level after only a couple days so a house that has only recently been closed up will test close to the same if it was shuttered for months.

My neighbor’s house has high radon, mine will too.
Not necessarily. Every house foundation is unique. Measure the house before paying for a mitigation system.

The radon action level in Canada or Europe is much higher than in the United States. We’re being overly cautious about radon here in the U.S.
False. We live in the U.S. so everyone here has to follow the same guidance and rules. The action level of 4 picocuries has been established for decades and is commonly known and accepted. In fact, the World Health Organization recently recommended that all countries adopt an even more conservative action level of 2.7 picocuries.

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