What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination and analysis of the structure and systems of a building. The findings and conclusions are then submitted to you in a detailed report. If you are thinking about buying a home, you should have it inspected by a certified home inspector before you finalize your purchase.
Why Do I Need An Inspection?
Most buyers only spend a short time seriously reviewing their home. A certified, professional inspector will thoroughly inspect your home so you are will-informed and know the existing conditions of the home before you finalize the purchase.
When Do I Request An Inspection?
The best time to talk to an inspector is right after you've made an offer on your home. The real estate contract typically allows a grace period to inspect the building. It is often a good idea to make the purchase of your home contingent on the findings of your inspection. You can talk to your real estate agent about this in greater detail.
How Fast to get an Inspection?
How Much Will The Inspection Cost?
Our fees are based on the square footage of the home. Most homes cost between $300 and $400. Beware of low cost inspections. Are they insured? Bonded? Are they part of the National Inspection Organization? Do they offer a Home Inspection Warranty?
If the report is favorable, did I really need an Inspection?
Yes. You should know as much as possible about your prospective investment. An inspector will provide you with knowledge that will help you make informed decisions during the purchasing process. The inspection will also make you aware of any repairs or maintenance that may be necessary in the future. Most important you can feel well-informed and can complete your purchase with peace of mind.
How Long Does the Inspection Take?
An average home will take between 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 hours. Townhomes and Condos will take less time.
How Soon Will I Get the Inspection Report?
The report will be e-mailed to you in a PDF format. Generally within hours of the inspection along with pictures of the home.
Should I Be At The Inspection?
Although you do not have to attend, we recommend that you attend the Home Inspection. This way you can get a clear view of the condition of the home and we can answer any concerns that you may have about the home.
New Law: Illinois Home Sellers Must Disclose Window, Door Issues If you’re considering selling your home in Illinois in 2015, you'll now be required to disclose the condition of and any major problems with your home's windows and doors.
Before you can sell the house and leave behind the warped windows that won’t open anymore or patio doors where water seeps in during storms, you’ll now have to warn potential buyers about these or other window and door defects.
Those particular problems were central in the court case that brought about Public Act 098-0754, an amendment to the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, and will add one more disclosure to new real estate transactions.
The new law requires sellers to state if the home's windows and doors have material defects, such as existing leaks that would allow water into the home where it could lead to flooding or damage. The measure unanimously passed both houses of the Illinois Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on July 16.
According to Betsy Urbance, the legal hotline attorney for the Illinois Association of Realtors, the addition to line 6 of the Disclosure Act form was made after an Illinois Appellate Court decision determined that the disclosure about defects in a home's walls did not include windows and doors in those walls.
That decision was related to a lawsuit against the sellers of a lake home who hadn't expressly disclosed problems with the windows and patio doors in the home and garage door that later contributed to extensive water damage to the home.
Material defects are defined in the act as “condition(s) that would have a substantial adverse effect on the value of the residential real property or that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the residential real property unless the seller reasonably believes that the condition has been corrected.”
Greg Laron, President of Engineering Supoort Services (ESS), L.L.C., says to to a home inspector, material defects can mean anything that makes the window or door not in perfect working order. "The lawyers will determine what 'material defect' means, but if a window or door isn't working perfectly, that's going to be something that's written in a report," Larson says.
Who's required to make disclosure?
Although the change starts Jan. 1, not all sellers in 2015 will be forced to make the disclosure, Urbance says.
“If the residential property is subject to a pending purchase contract, the seller has provided the form as required by the existing law and the buyer has acknowledged receipt of the property disclosure form before becoming bound on the purchase contract then there should be no need for the seller to complete a new form. (This answer assumes that the seller has no new actual knowledge regarding defects relating to windows and doors),” she writes in a post on the Realtors' association blog.
If a purchase contract isn’t pending on a home transaction, Urbance recommends sellers provide the window and door disclosure. “... In the abundance of caution, it is best for seller to provide a form that complies with the most recent version of the Act,” she writes.