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What Is An Inspection?

A home cannot pass or fail an inspection. A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their potential solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision.

Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection will take typically 2 to 3 hours. Ideally, you will accompany your inspector during the inspection, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report.

We take our inspection reports seriously. Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home. The report includes a clear description of what we've found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them. Our inspectors are available, via telephone for consultation after your inspection.

A thorough home inspection will include the following according to the State of Illinois standards of practice:

 

* Roof(shingles, flashing's, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items)

* Plumbing and Fixtures (water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary system, and other plumbing system components)

* Heating, Cooling Systems and Fireplaces (furnace, air cleaning parts, ductwork, electronic monoxide testing, electric gas sniffer testing, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components) 

* Structure, Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Foundation
(insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns)


 

 

* Attics (insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items)

* Interior (floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components)
 

* Electrical Systems (service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components)

* Exterior (siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, decks, porches and other visible exterior related components)