What do home inspectors do? What do home inspectors look for? How do I schedule an inspection? What are your hours? Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about our home inspection services and our company. If you don’t see your question here, please contact us.
Q. What’s included in the home inspection?
A. A general home inspection is a noninvasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property performed for a fee. The inspection is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components — defined by the Standards of Practice — that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.
We normally take 3 to 4 hours to complete a home inspection, we touch on 10 or 11 aspects of the home, including the exterior, interior, roof, chimney, appliances, HVAC, basement, crawlspace, electrical, plumbing, attic, visible insulation, doors and windows. We cannot see through walls so we’re unable to tell you if insulation was added; however, we do utilize a temperature gun to help us determine if walls may be insulated.
Q. When should I request a home inspection?
A. The most common time to request an inspection is right after you’ve made an offer of your intent to purchase the home. Ask your agent to include an inspection clause in your contract, making your home purchase contingent on the results of a professional home inspection.
A less common home inspection request comes from a homeowner who is thinking about selling his or her home and wants to have it inspected so issues can be addressed prior to putting the home up for sale.
Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. You can reach us by form, text or phone. If we are unable to answer right away, we will respond to your call within 1 or 2 hours. Our phone number is 708-770-6522.
Q. What are your fees?
A. Please refer to our pricing page for a list of Chicago Metro Home Inspections prices. Note that these fees are ballpark figures. We cannot guarantee that the fee for a 4-bedroom, 4,000 sq. ft. home is the same as that for a 4-bedroom, 1,500 sq. ft. home. Regardless of the number of bedrooms, one is obviously bigger than the other and will take longer to inspect. Please reach out directly if you have pricing questions.
Q. When can I expect the completed report?
A. We complete reports within 24 hours or by the morning following the inspection. We ask that all fees be paid prior to your receiving your home inspection.
Q. How do I submit to a home inspection?
A. We use an online agreement form. Please refer to our Inspection Agreement. When you decide to have a home Inspection with us, we will send you a link so you can complete the online agreement.
Q. When are home inspections available?
A. We schedule inspections 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Due to sunrise and sunset times that vary by season, we must take into consideration the amount of natural light available to us; this may limit the available times for conducting inspections.
Q. Do I need to be present during the home inspection?
A. No, it’s not necessary to attend the inspection. We do, however, strongly recommend that the buyer be present during the home inspection. As we notice defects, we are always willing to walk the client through the defect. This is a great opportunity for the home buyer to ask questions and get a clear understanding of any issues identified during the inspection.
Q. What if the utilities, water, electric and gas are not turned on?
A. We are still able to complete the inspection. However, we recommend calling the seller or real estate agent and request that all utilities are turned on. Having these turned on is best for all parties involved, as it helps to eliminate any doubt.
Q. In what cities do you perform home inspections?
A. We do home inspections in most of the Chicago suburbs and surrounding cities. If you don’t see your town listed below, please give us a call. We may be able to accommodate you.
- Blue Island
- Burr Ridge
- Chicago Ridge
- Clarendon Hills
- Crest Hill
- Downers Grove
- Evergreen Park
- Glen Ellyn
- Hickory Hills
- Homer Glen
- Marionette Park
- New Lenox
- Oak Forest
- Oak Lawn
- Olympia Fields
- Orland Hills
- Orland Park
- Palos Heights
- Palos Hills
- Palos Park
- Richton Park
- Sauk Village
- Tinley Park
- Western Springs
- Willow Springs