Why Can’t I Do A Home Inspection Myself?

Buying a home is an expensive endeavor. In an attempt to save money, you may find yourself asking “Why can’t I do a home inspection myself?”

However, 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 inspectors to be licensed.

Home inspections are a thorough visual inspection of all structural components, appliances, and operating systems in a home. 

If you’re planning to purchase a home, it’s certainly in your best interests to carefully consider the property. However, conducting an inspection yourself is a bad idea.

Experience matters

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Licensed home inspectors have extensive hours of experience and training.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, “Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector.” 

Having a working knowledge of the various home systems and components is always a bonus for a potential buyer, but it doesn’t match the experience and training of a professional home inspector.

A licensed home inspector extensively knows home systems and components and how they work together. Home inspectors have inspected hundreds of homes. They know what to look for because, chances are, they’ve seen it before. 

Through their training and hours of work, inspectors become walking encyclopedias of home knowledge. 

Inspectors are objective third-parties

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Rob Gisch, of Detailed Inspection Service, is an Illinois-licensed home inspector

Equally as important, they’re objective third-party observers. Frequently, by the time a potential homeowner reaches the inspection stage, they’ve become emotionally attached to a home they’re considering buying.

As a result, they may ignore or gloss over issues that should be viewed as deal breakers. Having an impartial, unemotional third party inspect the home will help arm potential buyers with an unbiased evaluation of a home’s condition. 

The State of Illinois requires a license

In Illinois, one of the big reasons you can’t simply conduct your own home inspection is because inspectors must have a state license.

Home inspector licenses are regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

To receive a license in the State of Illinois, individuals must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED
  • Participate in 60 hours of pre-license education
  • Participate in 5 field events (provided by a licensed education provider)
  • Pass a state licensing exam
  • Submit application for approval

To find out if an individual is licensed as a home inspector in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations’ online license search page.

Contact Detailed Inspection Service for all your home inspection needs

Rob Gisch, of Detailed Inspection Service, is an Illinois licensed home inspector. (License #450.011104) He is a fourth-generation electrician with more than 30 years’ experience. 

Rob is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and the current president of the South Suburban Division of the IAEI.

For more information, or to schedule a home inspection, contact Detailed Inspection Service. 

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