FAQ


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A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition.
What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an assessment of a home’s condition. A licensed home inspector has the expertise and training to examine and evaluate the entire home. The inspector then writes his or her findings in a home inspection report.

When does a home inspection take place?

After making an offer on a home, closing is often contingent on the results of a home inspection. During a home inspection, a licensed expert will examine and evaluate the property. (For more information, read How Does the Home Inspection Process Work?)

What is the cost of a home inspection?

Home inspection costs can vary. Please contact us for a quote.

How long does an inspection take?

Because a home inspection is a top-to-bottom inspection of a property and includes an examination of both the interior and exterior, an inspection takes several hours. The average home inspection takes 3 to 4 hours.

Can I accompany the home inspector during the inspection?

Yes! A home is often the single largest purchase most people will ever make. It makes sense to know as much about the property as possible. A home inspection is not only about evaluating the property, but it’s also about providing education to potential homeowners. The inspection gives buyers a chance to learn the ins- and outs- of their home and to ask the inspector any questions they may have. (For more information, read Should I Follow My Home Inspector?)

Is there anything a home inspector doesn’t check?

Home inspectors are limited to a visual inspection. An inspector isn’t able to cut holes in walls, dig up lawns, tear off roofing or peel back flooring.  While a visual inspection might flag potential problems. A true understanding of the extent of an issue may require an outside professional – an electrician, plumber, roofer or HVAC expert. (For more information, read 5 Things to Ask When Hiring a Home Inspector)

Why can’t I conduct a home inspection myself?

A home inspection isn’t something to attempt on your own. Not only are you emotionally invested in the property, but the State of Illinois requires home inspectors to be licensed, a process that involves training, education and an exam. When it comes to a home inspection, experience matters. Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise and knowledge of a licensed inspector. (For more information, read Why Can’t I Do A Home Inspection Myself?)

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A home inspection is simply an evaluation of the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. There is no pass/fail component of a home inspection. However, should the inspector uncover major issues with the property, potential buyers can opt not to purchase the home. (For more information, read Can a House Fail a Home Inspection?)

Does the home inspection carry a warranty?

No. A home inspection is the opinion of the inspector as to the condition of the home at the time of the inspection.

What is a home inspection report?

Following an inspection of the property, the licensed inspector will write a home inspection report. Think of the report as a “home health report card.” The report will detail any major deficiencies or expenditures you may encounter during your initial years of owning the home. With the report in hand, you can negotiate with the seller to either fix issues or ask for a price reduction. If the inspection uncovers major issues, you may want to walk away from the sale (For more information, read The Home Inspection Report)

When will I receive the home inspection report?

You will receive a comprehensive home inspection report written by the inspector within 24-48 hours after the inspection. The report is typically provided via e-mail.

Who is able to see a home inspection report?

At Detailed Inspection Service, we follow the ASHI Code of Ethics, which means our inspectors will not reveal the contents of an inspection report to anyone but the client unless the client has given their prior consent to share the report.

What is radon? Why inspect for radon?

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It is colorless and odorless and can become trapped indoors after entering buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. A radon inspection can determine the level of radon in the home. If radon is found, a mitigation system can be installed to help reduce the risk. (For more information, read Why Do Homes Need Radon Inspections?)

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