The Colorado House of Horrors® is an entire house with a thousand defects built under our roof. Open and free to everyone.
The House of Horrors® at the InterNACHI Colorado Location in Boulder, Colorado, is an entire house with a thousand defects built under our roof. Inspectors can practice performing home inspections in the House of Horrors® to advance their inspection knowledge and skills. The House of Horrors® is open to everyone during normal workday hours. If you’re interested in attending events or experiencing hands-on training at the House of Horrors® with a Certified Master Inspectors®, we have that available for you.
As an online institution, InterNACHI does not require members to attend any live training or enroll in any in-residence program, and InterNACHI does not require onsite attendance. The training provided at our Houses of Horrors® in Colorado and Florida will help you develop your professionalism and skill set as a home inspector while enjoying the camaraderie with other members. Students seeking to gain and develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform a home inspection and to attain a Home Inspector Program Certificate of Completion may enroll in InterNACHI’s online Home Inspector Certificate Program.
The House of Horrors® is built to intentionally include:
- improperly-wired receptacles;
- plumbing code violations;
- an electrical service full of issues;
- 16 different exterior sidings and stucco finishes;
- 31 different roofing systems;
- cutaway drywall to expose framing members;
- environmental hazards;
- various types of insulation systems;
- improper gutter and downspout systems;
- heating systems with defects;
- three different water heating systems;
- green building features;
- almost 200 different safety concerns;
- an infrared camera training wall and roofing system with manipulated water leaks and electrical issues;
- a sprinkler that simulates rain on the roof;
- safety glass;
- drainage issues;
- roof penetrations;
- notches and holes in joists;
- a full masonry chimney;
- damaged and clogged sewer lines for sewer scope training;
- common code violations;
- a full-size septic system with tanks;
- crawlspaces that students can actually enter;
- egress violations;
- clothes dryer problems;
- TPR discharge valves;
- energy loss issues;
- an exterior "deck of horrors" with dozens of issues;
- a set of stairs to access the roof and chimney;
- firewall issues;
- elderly, child, and pet safety issues;
- an improperly installed radon mitigation system;
- a full kitchen with defects;
- a full bathroom with defects; and
- a glass floor that allows students to see the structure from above and below.
During a typical ride-along:
- you might inspect a home that has very few defects.
- you only get to try out the equipment and tools the inspector owns.
- you might be with an inspector who isn't a good instructor and can't explain everything.
- neither of you might find any defects.
- the inspector might have from a conflict of interest in that he/she likely doesn't want to train a future competitor.
- the inspector likely won't permit you to take all the time you need.
- the inspector likely won't permit you to generate your own inspection report.
- the inspector may not take the time to review your inspection report.
- you'll likely have to pay the inspector.