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Inspection Report Not a Mandatory Repair List

Your home inspection may reveal a lot about a property – perhaps an aging roof, outdated electrical wiring or leaky plumbing. Does the seller have to fix these issues? A home inspection report is a valuable tool, but it isn’t a mandatory repair list. A home inspection is simply an assessment of a home’s condition. […]

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Can a House Fail a Home Inspection?

Can a house fail a home inspection? The short answer is no. A home inspection is the opinion of the inspector as to the condition of the home at the time fo the inspection. There is no pass/fail grade for a home inspection. Think of a home inspection as a status report. It is simply […]

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What Does A Home Inspector Look for on the Roof?

As part of a home inspection, an inspector will climb to the roof for a visual inspection. Your roof is made up of various components that work together to protect your house.  However, knowing exactly what those parts are and how they affect your house might be tricky. What’s the difference between flashings and soffits? […]

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Home Inspection Reveals if that Flip’s a Flop

Buying a flipped property can mean finding your dream house … or it can be a nightmare. A home inspection reveals if a flip has been done well or if shoddy work could put your family at risk. House flipping, in which buyers purchase a home, make improvements and then hope to sell quickly for […]

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Should I Follow My Home Inspector?

The home inspector has arrived, but what do you do? Can you follow the inspector? Do you wait in the yard or elsewhere in the house?  The social etiquette of the situation can leave many first-time home buyers feeling awkward and unsure, but rest easy, most home inspectors WANT you to follow them. A home […]

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Home Inspections Head to the Basement

When purchasing a home, buyers might focus on the number of bedrooms or if the kitchen needs updating. Home inspectors, however, turn their eyes downward. The basement is a key component in any home inspection. The invention of concrete helped popularize basement construction In Chicago and throughout the Midwest, basements are a common feature. Clay […]

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