Your home inspection will be an evaluation of the home’s condition by a trained professional home inspector. The home inspection will normally take 2-3 hours for the average size home.  Home inspection services will not eliminate all of the dangers of purchasing a home, but normally the home inspector will identify problems that the consumer would not. The home inspector is also able to identify the positive features of your new home. You are encouraged to be present during the inspection. We try to ensure you leave with a thorough understanding of the condition and components of your home. Often, you can use the home inspection as an educational tool to learn more about how a home is constructed, proper operation and preventative maintenance measures.

A certified home inspector will take a close look at all functional aspects of the house to determine its safety as a dwelling. The home inspector will test the operational status of all major systems – plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling – and check the roof, the foundation, and the home’s exterior. The inspector’s job is not to fix or warn you about potential issues but to take note of the house’s current condition at that point in time and any safety or repair concerns.

If you’re buying a home in a competitive housing market and are up against multiple offers, you may be tempted to waive the home inspection to make your offer stronger. However, this is almost never a good idea. While the house may look in fine condition to you, it’s what’s beyond the surface, or factors that you don’t know are problematic, that can cause the biggest issues.

Home inspection services include a thorough visible examination of the exterior, roof, grading and drainage, electrical and mechanical systems, interior and structure, basements, crawlspaces and attics, fireplaces and appliances. Add-on services are available to cover any component or system not covered by the Illinois home inspection standards of practice.