FAQ

Why is a Home Inspection important?


Inspect BEFORE you buy: It is very important that you understand the condition of your new home, even if the home inspection contingency clause has been removed from your contract, it doesn't mean you shouldn't get a home inspection. Homes in our area are listing on average $127,600, isn't it worth a couple hundred dollars to know what you're buying. Most interior repairs cost less if completed before you move in and are generally less stressful. A professional home inspector understands each element of your home, how these elements are inter-related, and is familiar with their proper function, maintenance, and most importantly, the results of their failure. The professional you choose will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to make an informed buying decision. This knowledge is crucial in both the protection and enjoyment of the most significant investment most people ever make. Inspect BEFORE you sell: Is it wise to wait for the purchaser's inspector to assess the condition of your home? As a seller, advance knowledge of repair items gives you control of the negotiation and sale process. You have time to review written estimates, if needed, and weigh your options. You'll know exactly where you stand without the pressure of last minute repair or upgrade decisions that could cost you thousands. A Pre-Listing inspection covers the same elements as the pre-purchase inspection; uncovering any existing hot spots that could worry or alarm potential buyers. Small problems to you could be a warning sign to the buyer, perhaps lowering your home's market value. A Pre-Listing Inspection will enable you to do everything you can to get the house in good condition before you list it. Eliminating deficiencies in your home before a potential buyer sends in their Inspector will better protect your investment and increase your selling advantage. No home is perfect. Here is your chance to control pre-sale repair negotiations!




What does a Home Inspection include?


Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house including but not limited to; Structure, Exterior & Site, Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Heating & Ventilation, Appliances, Interior, Attics & Crawl Spaces, Attached Garages and much more...




If there are repairs can you give a cost estimate?


With our experience in construction and remodeling, we can accurately estimate what it will cost to repair existing issues within your new or existing home.




Do you add pictures to your report?


Yes, we provide high resolution full color digital photos of any trouble areas embedded inside the report.




Do I need to be there during the Inspection?


No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection.




How long will the Inspection take?


The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2-3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.




Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?


Absolutely! A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct.




Why can’t I do the Inspection myself?


Even if you are very familiar with home construction, you have to be licensed with the State of Illinois, have the proper training, and knowledge to perform a professional home inspection.




What if the Inspection uncovers problems?


Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase.




Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?


No. The code of ethics of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the State of Illinois prohibits professional Inspectors from doing repair work on properties they inspect. All of our inspections meet the State of Illinois and American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards and Practices Inspection Procedures. We are also bound to ASHI's "Code of Ethics".




When Do I Request An Inspector?


The best time to consult the inspector is right after you’ve made an offer on your new property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building.




Can a Building 'FAIL' The Inspection?


No, a professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection.




Do I Really Need An Inspection?


Absolutely! With your inspection report you can complete your purchase with the peace of mind about the condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may also learn a few things about your property from the inspection report, and will want to keep that information for your future reference.




How much is an Inspection, and is it worth it?


The inspection fee varies depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as crawlspace, additional buildings or storage sheds. However, DO NOT LET COST be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is NOT necessarily a bargain.





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Bob Madewell, Board Certified Master Inspector

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