We are professionals here at The Colorado Springs Group™, and we offer professional opinions. I want to make it clear that this post is only an opinion, although we feel a majority of people are in agreement with us. Some people get very upset with us on this topic but the public has a right to know.

There are inspectors in the Colorado Springs area that perform inspections, and the end result is a sheet of paper, sometimes legal sized, with a summary of limitations of liability on their part, followed by a bunch of blank lines for space to fill out issues they found.

Some of these inspectors are newer, and some have been able to pull this off over the years. This isn't to say they don't actually check out the home, but how do you know what they did and/or didn't actually do unless you watch them the entire time? 

Do you know that for roughly the same fees these people charge you can get an inspection done by someone very qualified that consists of at least 35 pages? These pages include everything that was checked out with notes and detailed photos. There is a summary, and with any problems they make it more than clear so that it betters your position in negotiation with a seller when negotiating.

What do you think works better in a negotiation, a 1 page essay on what was found wrong with the home or a 35-50 page full scope report with photos/explanations? Remember that 1/2 of that 1 page essay is a sort of release of liability on the inspector.

There's a lot of speculation as to whether or not it's a good idea to listen to a Realtor on who to use for an inspection. I'm not stating to use a specific inspector here, but I am asking what logic you are using when you hire the inspector that gives you a 1 page list of items he thinks may need addressing? I agree, it's better than nothing... but you did overpay for that piece of paper.