Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions ?
is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building
at the time of inspection. If you are considering buying a home, townhome,
condo, mobile home or a commercial property it is wise
to have it thoroughly inspected by a professional, impartial and experienced
inspector before the final purchase.
Covered In An Inspection?
A complete full
home inspection comprises a visual examination of the building from
the top to bottom. The inspector will evaluate and report on the condition
of the structure, foundation, roof, plumbing, heating system, central
air-conditioning system, drainage system, visible insulation, windows,
walls, doors and lot topography. Understand only those items that
are visible and accessible by normal means are inspected and included
in your report.
Should I Request An Inspector?
The best time to
consult with the inspector is right after you've made an offer on
your intended purchase. Your real estate contract usually allows a
grace period to have the property inspected. Ask your agent to include
this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation
contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
Do I Need An Inspection?
of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investment
you will ever make. You should and need to know what to expect, both
indoor and outdoors in regards to needed and future repairs,
safety issues and maintenance
issues. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious
structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic
roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident.
The inspector will interpret these and other clues, then will present
a professional opinion and make a recommendation. This will avoid
any unpleasant surprises afterward. The inspector will also point
out the positive aspects of a property, as well as pointing out any
future maintenance needed to keep the property in good shape. After
the inspection the inspector will explain all findings which will
give you a clear understanding of the property and help you make a
well informed decision about the property you are about to purchase.
As for the seller if you have owned your building for a period of
time, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of
your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid
future expensive repairs.
I Attend The Inspection?
not necessary, but a wise good decision if you can.
By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking
questions, you will learn alot about the property and get some great
tips on general maintenance information that will be of great value
to you now and in the future after you move in.
If The Report Reveals Problems?
If the inspector
finds problems in the property it does not mean you shouldn't buy
it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate.
A seller may or not be willing to make repairs found. If your budget
is tight, or if you wish not to become involved in future repair work,
you may decide that this is not the property for you. Your choice.
a Building "Fail" The Inspection?
No. A professional
inspection is simply an examination into the current condition (at
the time of the inspection) of your prospective real estate purchase.
It is not a Municipal Code inspection or an Appraisal. An inspector
will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition
and indicate which items are in need of major or minor repairs or
replacement, maintenance and/or safety issues..
I Inspect The Building Myself?
is that a good decision. Even the most experienced building or home
owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector
who has inspected hundreds and even thousands of homes and buildings
in their career. A professional inspector is equally familiar with
the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation,
maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Consider--most
buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional
about the property they want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.
a Professional Home Inspector in Illinois takes a lot of schooling
and hard work. You have to apply and pass a State of Illinois approved
Home Inspectors pre-licensing course and pass the course. Then you
have to apply to the State of Illinois to take the state test, and
pass. Once you receive your state license, you must take State of
Illinois approved continuing education classes (mim 12 credit hours)
every license renewal period. Some inspectors get certified by a national
association. We are Certified and a member in good
standing of the Inter-national Association of Certified Home Inspectors
(nachi.org). Requirements after passing the entrance exam (nachi.org)
is to take a (mim) of 24 continuing education classes yearly, in order
to retain your certification. Besides our schooling we have 30 years
of Residential, Multi-family and Light Commercial experience. Verify
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