Home Inspector – Hiring The Best Will Save You Money

Brothers is the independent home inspection company homebuyers trust.


What Makes Us Different From Other Home Inspectors?

Did you know?

Nearly every home inspection company in Denver is dependent on referrals from people who work in the real estate industry to stay in business.

Believe it or not, most home inspectors rely on referrals from realtors or lenders for over 90% of their business.

Without those referrals from people involved in the industry, nearly every residential inspection company in Denver would be out of business within a week.

The problem with such an overly-dependent relationship between inspectors and the people who work in the real estate industry is that it puts the home inspector in a very compromising position.

When an inspector is forced to rely almost exclusively on those referrals to stay in business, they become more concerned with keeping the real estate professionals happy than they are with looking out for your best interests when they write your inspection report.

Inspectors who are almost entirely dependent on referrals from realtors or lenders are afraid to ‘bite the hand that feeds them’ by writing a report that is too critical or includes too much detail regarding certain types of problems with a home.

Now, having worked with and around real estate agents for decades, I can tell you that the overwhelming majority of real estate agents would put their clients interests first every time.

Most real estate agents want home inspectors to do the best job possible for their clients. They would never want an inspector to overlook anything, or leave any potential issues out of their report.

But… home inspectors who rely so heavily on referrals from realtors feel an enormous amount of pressure to avoid ‘rocking the boat’ even when they find numerous or serious issues when inspecting a home.

The majority of home inspectors rely so heavily on referrals, or being on ‘the list’ of certain real estate offices that they just can’t risk being blacklisted as a ‘deal killer’ because it would put out of business.

At Brothers, most of our customers contact us directly because of our reputation for performing objective inspections without the conflicts of interest that plague so many inspection companies.

We aren’t forced to rely on referrals from people who work in the real estate industry, and that gives our inspectors the freedom to focus exclusively on what’s best for you.

That means our only concern is making sure you have all of the information you need to make good decisions when buying your new home.

Of course, we have great relationships with many of the top realtors and mortgage lenders in Denver. Because they understand that we believe in always doing what’s right for our clients, and the real estate professionals that we work with are committed to the same philosophy in their business.

So if you’re looking for a truly independent Denver inspection company that you can absolutely trust to put your interests first, then you’re in the right place.

Brothers home inspectors commonly identify issues
that result in $3,000 or more in Seller concessions.

Move In To Your New Home With Confidence.

We’ll help you avoid surprises and expensive home repairs.


How much does a typical homebuyer inspection cost in Denver?2021-02-23T20:12:45+00:00

The cost of a typical homebuyer’s inspection depends on several factors, such as:

  • the square footage of the home you are buying
  • the inspection package you choose
  • which additional inspections/testing you choose
  • how qualified the inspector is
  • how seriously the inspector takes his or her obligation to protect your interests
  • the inspector’s relationship with your real estate agent

Another factor that plays into how much your inspection will cost is the relationship between the inspector and other real estate professionals involved in your real estate purchase.

Inspectors that rely heavily on referrals from real estate agents and mortgage lenders to stay in business will often charge less for their inspection services.

However, what may seem like a good deal at first, actually comes with a hidden price.

One that could be very expensive for you as the homebuyer.

If your inspector is heavily dependent on continuing to get referrals from a real estate office, who’s interest is he going to be more concerned with?

Your’s? Or the people he relies on to stay in business.

Most real estate agents put their clients’ best interests ahead of their own. Not all, but most.

However, the fear of being blacklisted as a ‘deal killer’ is a very real threat in the minds of inspectors who rely on client referrals from real estate agents for their very survival.

One of the reasons Brothers was founded was to eliminate this conflict of interest in order to provide homebuyers with inspectors who are committed to delivering truly objective inspection reports that provide you with all the information you should have before closing on your new home.

While we have tremendous relationships with real estate agents, and mortgage lenders all over Denver, our company does not depend on referrals or recommendations from them for a significant part of our business.

So when your real estate agent recommends using Brothers as your inspection company, you can be sure that they have your best interests at heart.

Now… to answer the question regarding how much a house inspection costs in Denver.

Most well-known, reputable inspection companies typically charge around $300 for a ‘basic’ inspection.
However, the ‘basic’ inspection does not include several of the most important items that most homebuyers want tested and inspected.

Most homebuyers choose to include the following additional inspections and testing:

  • Sewer Scope
  • Radon Testing
  • Mold Testing
  • Termite & Pest Inspection
  • Water Quality
  • Infrared Scan

Why Are These Additional Inspection Services Important?
Failing to include these additional inspections can leave you exposed to anywhere from $2,500 to over $20,000 in unplanned expenses for issues that could have been identified prior to closing on your new home.

Adding It All Up
Since most homebuyers choose to include the additional inspections and testing above, the actual cost of a typical inspection in Denver will range from $950 to $1,200.

Can I finance the cost of my home inspection?2021-02-03T21:15:45+00:00

Yes. You can finance your home inspection with (same as cash) interest-free financing for up to 6 months from Affirm with approved credit.

How long does it take to receive the inspection report?2021-02-03T21:16:46+00:00

Our goal is to have your inspection report to you the same day. When the timing or complexity of your inspection requires us to finalize the report in the evening, you can expect to have your report no later than 24 hours after the inspection is completed.

What if the home inspection report reveals problems?2021-02-03T21:14:32+00:00

Even if your inspector finds a significant issue with the house, keep in mind that anything can be fixed. It’s just a matter of how
much it will cost to repair, and the seller’s willingness to negotiate a concession on the price of the house so you aren’t stuck with the bill. The inspection report is designed to make you aware of issues (or potential issues), so you aren’t blindsided by expensive repairs after you move in. If your inspector does find areas of concern with the house, that does not mean that you are making a mistake if you decide to buy it anyway. Your inspection report gives you the leverage you need to protect yourself financially, and make a well-informed home buying decision.

How does a home inspection benefit me if I’m buying a home?2021-02-03T21:26:09+00:00

If you are in the process of buying a home, a home inspection can often save you thousands of dollars on the final purchase price, and even more on unexpected repairs in the future. An experienced home inspector can identify issues with a home’s
foundation, exterior. roof, hvac, plumbing, and electrical systems that should be repaired (or replaced) by the seller… if concessions for those issues have not already been factored into the price of the home. The information regarding any issues found in your home inspection report gives you the leverage you need to negotiate concessions that result in a truly fair purchase price for your home.

Why Brothers Was Founded

Our company was founded for two reasons…

  1. To give home inspectors the freedom and ability to perform the type of quality inspections that would provide customers with ALL of the information they should have in order to make an informed home buying decision.
  2. To provide great home inspectors with the absolute best opportunity to build a successful, rewarding career so they could be free to focus on doing their best work for customers.

The Story Of Brothers Home Inspection

The seed that resulted in the founding of Brothers Home Inspection was planted over oven-baked omelettes and apple pancakes.

Chris and his brother were having breakfast together at their favorite breakfast place… The Original Pancake House in the Denver Tech Center.

Chris mentioned that he’d recently visited a friend who had just purchased a new home in Denver, and was surprised when he saw that the home had an electrical panel (Federal Pacific) that was a known fire hazard.

He was even more surprised when his friend told him that his home inspector hadn’t even mentioned the danger presented by the electrical panel in the inspection report.

Knowing that replacing the electrical panel in a home costs anywhere from $3,500 to as much as $7,000, Chris’ brother suggested that at the very least, his friend deserved a refund for the cost of the home inspection.

Neither of them could understand why any inspector would allow a customer (who was paying the inspector for exactly that type of important information), to move forward with the purchase of a home without making them aware of such a major problem with the home.

So Chris’ brother decided to ask his neighbor (who happened to be an experienced home inspector) why anyone would leave such a significant issue out of their inspection report.

The ‘little secret’ his neighbor revealed to him about the home inspection industry was deeply troubling…


A Team Of People To Provide Customer Service And Ensure A Great Experience

Our customer service team members are dedicated to making sure that our home inspection clients have the best experience possible. Timely communication, fast turnaround of inspection reports Within 24 hours), and a real person to answer your questions are all part of our home inspection services.

Most home inspection ‘companies’ are really just a ‘one-man show.’ There is no one besides the inspector himself to answer your phone call, or provide customer service when you need help. When you hire a lone home inspector working on his own with no support team, you are at the mercy of his schedule when you need additional information, or to have your questions answered.

Without a dedicated customer support team, you might have to wait days for a return phone call, or to receive your inspection report if the inspector is busy. That can contribute to a very stressful home buying process, when everything has to be ready before your closing date.

At Brothers, we have a real team of people right here in the Denver metro area to answer your phone call, respond to your email, and get you whatever you need as quickly as possible.

Brothers Has A Team Of The Top Home Inspectors In Denver
Everyone on our inspections team has years of experience, and many of our home inspectors have become Certified Master Inspectors.

The home inspectors at Brothers have all achieved certifications from the most prestigious national home inspection organizations that issue inspector certifications. Nachi and ASHI are the two largest home inspections training and certification entities in the United States.

All of our Denver home inspectors hold certifications from either Nachi or ASHI, so you can be sure that your home inspection is being conducted by a well-trained, knowledgable inspector.


Because we take the stress and hassle out of the home inspection process.

Our Inspection Process Is Organized
When your clients hire us to perform their home inspection, our Concierge team will handle everything for you. We will coordinate scheduling with the seller (or their Realtor), and both you and your clients will receive email and text updates.

We Communicate Quickly & Efficiently
Our inspectors take their time during an inspection, but we produce our reports quickly. You won’t have wait around, or call our office to find out when your report will be ready. You and your clients will both receive the report via email, and a text letting you know that it’s in your Inbox. We’re always available to discuss any questions or concerns about anything related to your home inspection report. We’re happy to help provide context to the information in your report.

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  • Schedule online or by phone

  • Our Concierge team handles the details

  • We’ll update you via text and email


  • Our sole focus is protecting your investment

  • Experienced, ASHi-certified home inspectors

  • We use only the most advanced equipment


  • Delivered quickly

  • Comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand

  • Color photo documentation


  • Leverage to negotiate seller concessions

  • Can save $3,000 or more in repairs costs

  • Protect yourself from ‘The Money Pit’


our Brothers’ home inspector will conduct a visual examination of the structure from the foundation to the roof, including all the
major systems (and their components) to identify any areas of concern. You can rely on your inspector to identify the most important
issues that you should consider as you decide how to move forward in the home buying process.
Your home inspector will be happy to answer any questions you may have during the inspection, and will always be available to
answer any questions that come up after the inspection.

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Keeping Your Home Inspection In Perspective

Aside from waiting for your offer (or counteroffer) to be accepted, the home inspection can often be the most anxiety-inducing part of the homebuying process.

Visions of the perfect home slipping away over something found in the inspection report often fill homebuyers heads.

On the flip side, sellers and their real estate agents imagine an over-zealous inspector essentially asking for the entire home to be rebuilt from scratch or lose the sale.

If everyone involved maintains the proper perspective when it comes to the home inspection process, none of this nail-biting is necessary.

If I had to offer one word of advice to homebuyers, home sellers, and their realtors it would be this… relax.

Tanking your real estate transaction is not the goal of any home inspector.

The process becomes a lot less stressful if everyone understands the fundamental purpose of a home inspection.

And that is actually a 2-part equation…

  • To protect the home buyer from unexpected issues and expenses after purchasing the home.
  • To help the homebuyer make an informed decision as to whether or not they are comfortable that with the overall investment (the purchase price plus any additional expenses for updating or repairing items in the home) and want to move forward.
Denver homeowner meditating

There is no such thing as a perfect home.

Most items found during a home inspection are relatively minor.

The cost of correcting these types of issues would range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

But… even if you home inspector were to find a major issue during the inspection, it does not mean that you shouldn’t buy the house.

Especially if you love the location and the neighborhood.

What it does mean is that you should analyze the asking price for the home, given the new information you have about potential expenses that you weren’t aware of prior to making an offer.

If a house is priced at the top of the market, and it needs a new roof, then it’s perfectly reasonable for the homebuyer to ask for a concession.

If you’re in a hot real estate market, the seller may not agree to the concession request as they’re likely to have someone else who is willing to buy the house at their asking price in spite of an issue like the roof.

But, remember the old saying…. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

If a house was priced to reflect certain issues the seller and their agent knew would have to be taken into account, then there is probably going to be less room for any negotiation.

So essentially it all comes down to price.

If the house needs a lot of work, and the seller’s haven’t priced the home accordingly, then it makes sense to ask for concessions.

Even if the seller doesn’t agree to your requests for repairs or concessions, then you have to decide how whether all circumstances considered, you still want to buy the home at the price they are asking.

That’s when things like how long you plan to stay in the home come into play.

If you found a home you love, in a great location, and you plan to make it your home for the next 10 years (or more), well then you have the benefit of time.

Paying top dollar isn’t as big of a problem because you have a longer time horizon time (and real estate appreciation) than someone who is only going to stay in a home for 4-5 years.

The Value Of Pre-Listing Inspections For Home Sellers

You obviously want to get the best price you can for your home, but unless you are in a seller’s real estate market, you will need to be reasonable as well.

Here’s an example… if the furnace in your home is 20 years old, you should have replaced it already. Just because ‘it still works’ doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have been replaced after 15 years.

So you avoided the expense of replacing that furnace for the last 5 years, but now that you are selling your home,

it’s reasonable to allow for a concession towards a new furnace for your buyer.

Issues like this example are a great reason having an inspector perform a pre-listing inspection on your home are a great idea.

That way, you and your realtor are aware of any issues that are likely to come up during a home buyer’s inspection ahead of time.

Your realtor will be able to offer you the best guidance how to set the asking price for your home, with the full knowledge that you will probably be asked to make concessions for certain items.

I hope this has helped both homebuyers and home sellers better understand how to keep the home inspection process in proper perspective.

If you have any questions about your home, or a home inspection, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

We’re always happy to help however we can.

A Little Advice For Home Sellers

From my 20 plus years in the real estate industry, mostly as a custom home builder, I’ve found it’s always best to take care of any items that might result in a homebuyer wanting to renegotiate in advance.

Because when you don’t address things that are sure to become an issue during negotiations, homebuyers tend to get a little nervous and become pickier. They are worried about ‘what else could be wrong with the house.’

That leads to them asking for bigger concessions because they feel like they need to ‘cover themselves’ more than they would otherwise.

Here’s an example from my career as a homebuilder…

Our company built homes in golf course communities, and we were building a spec home on a sloping lot that was very ‘challenging’ to say the least.

Our project manager that was in charge of the construction recommended against building s retaining wall around the back corner of the yard that was close to a creek.

I asked one of the on-site real estate agents at this community to look at it with me, and give us her opinion.

And she said if we didn’t build the retaining wall, the homebuyers would not only have to factor in the cost of building one themselves, but they would think about all the trouble and headaches that may go into taking on a project like that.

Her advice was to build the retaining wall, add some nice landscaping, and raise the price of the house.

That was great advice, and served as a lifelong lesson about how to approach potential issues with any home prior to putting it up for sale.

We sold the home for the asking price. The buyer loved what we’d done with the landscaping, and everyone was happy.

Selling your home is like a beauty contest, and peace of mind is sort of like lipstick for your house.

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    • New home inspections
    • Pre listing inspections
    • Pre purchase inspections
    • 1-Year builder warranty inspections
    • Sewer scope inspections
    • Radon testing
    • Mold testing
    • Infrared scans

    Add-On Home Inspection Services

    In addition to the basic inspection, in which your inspector assesses the condition of the major systems and components of the home, most homebuyers choose to have several of these more specialized home inspection services performed:

    • Sewer Scope
    • Mold Testing
    • Radon Testing
    • Termite Inspection
    • Thermal imaging

    These more specialized inspections are designed to provide a more complete picture of the condition of the property by inspecting conditions in the home that are not readily available.

    Sewer Scope

    A sewer scope refers to an inspection of the sewer line from the point where it enters the home out to the point where the line connects to the sewer tap using a video camera.

    A sewer scope inspection can identify hidden issues such as blockages, and/or damage to the pipes for the sewer line, which can be very expensive to have repaired.

    Replacing a sewer line cost cost anywhere from $7,000 – $15,000 or more depending on the home, so adding a sewer scope to your home inspection is a very smart investment that can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs.

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