Home inspections are a valuable tool in helping to evaluate the physical and mechanical components of a home that can assist potential home buyers and home sellers as to what the current home conditions are before either making a decision to purchase a home or sell a home to determine if any issues should be addressed or remedied. It is a limited and non-invasive examination of the home's present condition, conducted by a trained, certified and licensed home inspector. It describes condition only and is not an inspection to verify compliance regarding any building code issues, etc. The home inspection describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency or life expectancy of either the systems or components of the home. A home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect will be discovered.
IN-HOUSE HOME INSPECTIONS will check the exterior and interior of a home and all the mechanicals in the home and prepare a written report of our findings for our clients. Our clients can then use this information to help make informed decisions about either their pending real estate sale or purchase.
WHAT OUR INSPECTIONS WILL INCLUDE
Visual inspection and pictures detailing current conditions, of both exterior and interior elements, such as the following:
- Sidewalks and driveways
- Surface water control around home and grading
- Gutters and downspout drainage (checking for drainage away from house)
- Roof / Chimney
- Exterior Doors and Windows
- Any exterior home surfaces (brick, siding, stucco, etc.)
- Outbuildings (garages, sheds, etc.)
- Interior structural components, such as beams, posts and foundation walls
- Basement area and crawl space (if applicable and easily accessible)
- Interior wall/ceiling surface conditions (cracking plaster, exposed piping, structural sagging, etc.)
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (checking for proper working order)
- Kitchen appliances (checking for the quality of operation)
- Kitchen and bath cabinets and countertops (general condition)
- Interior trim and all flooring (general condition)
- Interior doors and windows (checking for proper sealing of doors and seals on thermal pane windows)
- Electrical panel (checking for proper sized fuses, circuit breakers)
- Electrical components in home (checking for condition of switches and outlets and if proper outlets (GFIs) are installed, where needed, and test for proper continuity and grounding )
- Plumbing, including faucets, drains, pipes (checking to determine if they are operating properly and sufficiently for water pressure, time of water draining, leaking, etc.)
- Mechanical systems including hot water tank, furnace or boiler and air conditioning system (checking to see that all are operational (if conditions allow - for example, cannot turn on air conditioner in the winter months and cannot turn on gas valves if gas has been turned off in the home)
- Vent piping (ensuring that all venting piping is installed properly and sealed)
- Fireplaces, if applicable, (checking for proper draft and damper operation)
- Attic Insulation (check adequacy of insulation)
Our inspections are very thorough but only visual and we do not dismantle or disturb items or furniture (which may be in the way, hindering further examination of existing conditions).
We do not visually inspect wells, or septic systems. It is recommended that well water and septic systems be inspected by qualified experts in those fields, which could include the local health authorities.
We do not inspect or investigate for the possible presence or danger from any potentially harmful substances and environmental hazards, including, but not limited to, radon gas, lead paint, asbestos, mold, mildew, urea formaldehyde, toxic or flammable chemicals and water and airborne hazards. But if during the course of our inspection we happen to notice a condition regarding any of the above-mentioned hazards that we feel should possibly be addressed, we will suggest to our clients that they may want to have professional inspections conducted for those hazardous issues. But these conditions are not within our normal scope of inspection and investigation.
We service the communities of Addison, Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Chicago Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Homer Glen, Indian Head Park, Itasca, LaGrange, LaGrange Highlands, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Lombard, Lyons, McCook, Mokena, Naperville, New Lenox, North Riverside, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Plainfield, River Forest, Riverside, Stickney, Tinley Park, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Willow Springs, Woodridge