Buying a home is important to you. Making sure you know what you are buying is important to us.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an in-person examination of a home to determine problems or conditions that exist during the time of inspection. Conducting a home inspection will determine the areas of a home that are not performing properly, items that are beyond their useful life or may be unsafe. Inspection usually occurs during a sale of a home.
A home inspector should look at both the interior and exterior of the home, from the roof to the foundation, including the exterior drainage and retaining walls. A home inspection should be conducted by a home inspector with the necessary certification and training.
Why is a Home Inspection Important?
Home Buyers: Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the possible problems with the home before closing.
Home Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their home. First and foremost, you should have a home inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the home. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes – even new construction – may have defects or problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price – but having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
What does a home inspection include?
An inspection report will review the condition of the homes: heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.
Mark was quick and detailed. He explained Very professional and delivered a report far beyond what I expected. Photos were in color, he was there before the scheduled time, and I would recommend him highly.
–Carole L., Chicago, IL
EXCELLENT DETAIL ORIENTED
–Koteswara B., Downers Grove, IL
Needed the inspection done ASAP. It was done and a report was emailed to me within 48-hours; complete with photos of the areas that needed to be addressed. A quality, professional job done at a very reasonable price!
–Sal N., Winthrop Harbor, IL