Kidston Home Inspections

Veteran Owned, Complete Home Inspections From Basement To The Roof Top

FAQ’s

Why hire Kidston Home Inspections?

Over 35 year’s experience in the construction industry, in the home inspection industry since 2005. We keep things in perspective and explain all issues to insure peace of mind & clarity with the home inspection. The majority of our home inspections result in revealing issues the sellers need to comply with which will cover the cost of your home inspection.  Our easy read reports are smart phone and tablet friendly with ease of navigation with quick tab access to the multiple categories. We provide an action list for the Agents/Buyers to help with the post inspection negotiation process All reports are archived for seven+ years. My wife and I work as team to insure a complete/thorough and clean inspection. We make every effort to leave the inspection sight as clean or cleaner than it was.

What do we inspect?
Our Complete/Thorough Home Inspection Includes:

As an ASHI member, I must adhere to ASHI Standards of Practice. This means I will inspect all of the following on your home (when accessible):

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation and crawl space
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Water heating system
  • All Heating systems
  • All Cooling systems
  • Main water Interior shut off entry valves
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electrical systems, panels, breakers, and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
    GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth, monoxides/combustible gas if gas fireplace
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, tracks, safety sensors, and automatic openers
  • And much more…
  • We will address all issues at the end of the inspection with a slide show and answer any questions & address any concerns. I provide quality color photos and illustrations with every inspection report. Our reports not only provide you with a “punch list” we also provide solutions and information for the experienced and first time buyers. (303) 808-7862

I have a newer home to inspect; will I need a sewer scope?

We always recommend a sewer scope, new or old homes. Soils will settle or possibly heavy trucks or equipment can cause damage and ‘belly’s’. Drainage is good at time of inspection and may back-up later. In the event you sell your home and you did not get a sewer scope when you purchased the home a sewer scope inspection for the buyers can potentially reveal an issue that can cost you thousands of dollars and delays in the sale. Damaged main sewer lines were discovered in some new homes.

Will I need a Radon test on my newly built home the builder installed a passive Radon Mitigation system?
We tested homes less than one year old with builder installed passive radon systems some were over 4.0 pCi/L and as much as 3 to 4 times higher than standard EPA levels.
It is very common to find high radon levels in new homes due to the high efficiency there is almost no air exchange in the basements.
Will I need a radon test when a radon system is already installed?
Too often radon mitigation systems are installed and assumed to do the job and not re-tested after a new system is installed. We have tested homes over 4.0 pCi/L with active radon mitigation systems. When basements are finished the air flow changes and possibly the radon levels. When sump pit installed systems have sump pumps fail the pit can fill with water and stop air flow.

We can test for radon and have instant data, chart and graph results after a 48-hour electronic test.

The EPA recommends testing every two years.

ABOUT US

 

We have lived in Colorado for 35+ years, 32 years in Parker Co. Licensed General Contractor since 1983 complete Home Renovations, Designing & Building Additions, Decks, Basement Finishes, Detached Garages.

Trouble shooting and repair and inspection of Water/Freeze Damaged Homes.

Associate Member of ASHI. AHIT Certified 2006 Member of American Society of Home Inspectors . In full compliance with ASHI standards of practice.

Full time inspection experience since 2006. Certified Electronic Radon Measurement Provider. We exceed Colorado home inspector requirements. Our company is fully insured Veteran 20 Active-Duty years in the USAF. Aircraft Avionics, Precision Measurement and Electrical systems.

Voted Best Of The Best* Basement Finish contractor in Parker Colorado 2001

TESTIMONIALS

David is the person you need when you are buying an older or new home to provide you a very clear and understandable read out of the state of the property. He is very meticulous in his inspections including pictures of each item he finds along with detailed explanations of the risks. David is straight forward and wants to ensure he provides you with all the information on the results. He is available for questions with a quick response time and gives you tips on things to keep an eye out for in the future. His software also provides a read out to the real estate agent on repairs to counter to the seller making sure you don’t lose any information in the process. Dave is approachable, easy to work with, and made us feel confident that he was committed to providing us with the information we needed to make a decision. I have recommended him to several friends and used him on multiple residential and commercial purchases. I highly recommend him! Thank you!

-Kristi De Tienne

Dave Kidston has done dozens of inspections for my clients and all of my clients have been extremely happy with his findings and reports. He is amazingly thorough and worth every penny! In addition to the inspection, he offers extra services with his gizmos and gadgets that routinely give my clients peace of mind in their new homes. I highly recommend using Kidston’s Inspections for real estate purchases, investments or just checking your home for radon, efficiency and comfort.”

Hender Adams REMAX
-Agent and Home Buyer

“Before buying a house I never really thought about the importance of a good home inspection. It just seemed like another box to tick off. Since I was buying a remodeled home, I thought everything would be taken care of, but Dave brought several big issues to my attention. Thanks to his report, I had over $20k worth of repairs done by the seller before I finalized the purchase. If it hadn’t been for them, I would’ve ended up paying for all of that myself.”

Maureen Lee Maloney
-Documentary Filmmaker

“I highly recommend Kidston home inspections. David and Estring are a great team. They are thorough, friendly and easy to get in contact with for any questions. The inspection report they sent made sense and included pictures, with was a plus. Because they were thorough and committed to our health and safety, we undoubtedly saved time and money by including their report findings in our contract with the sellers. I highly recommend Kidston home inspections, and our realtor commented that she wants to work with them in the future.”

Jason P. Lakewood

“My son and I were very happy with Dave Kidston and the home inspection he did for us.”

Ron & Tim Williams

“If you need a professional and reliable home inspection, look no further than Kidston Home Inspections! There are so many things to consider when buying a home and being able to trust someone to give you an honest evaluation of the home’s condition is so important. The report I received was very thorough. And, Dave’s knowledge of home construction in general and things like radon, airflow and water quality, was impressive. I highly recommend this team.”

Terry Kraser

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