Inspection Services

Pre-listing Inspections

Inspections performed on properties before they're placed on the market. 

A great marketing tool!

 

  • Benefits for the sellers:Any major concerns will be identified prior to placing the house on the market. It's much more cost effective, as it gives the sellers time for fix any major concerns right the first time, in a relaxed time frame, with a qualified person of their choice, on their own terms. It enables the sellers to set a more firm equitable asking price. An investment in peace of mind that will pay huge dividends!

 

  • Benefits for the buyers :  Eliminates the need to find another house due to unknown defects. Builds confidence in prospective buyers that the sellers have taken the time and effort to insure that the house is free of defects. It helps the buyers make an informed decision regarding the property.

 

  • Benefits for the Realtor®:Eliminates the need to sell the buyers a second time due to unknown defects. Reduces the amount of negotiation between the sellers and buyers, promoting a smoother sale and a quicker closing. It assures that the property conditions have been thoroughly disclosed. Assists the realtor® in his or her marketing efforts, as the listings can be promoted as being "Pre-inspected", making them more favorably attractive to prospective buyers in today's competitive marketplace.

 

 

Pre-purchase Inspections

As a buyer, your new home is probably one of the largest purchases you'll ever make, and you might not know everything you should about the condition of the roof, chimneys, siding and trim, attic ventilation, electrical wiring, plumbing, air-conditioning and heating system, or a great number of other items.

We invite you to be present during the inspection and walk the grounds with us. It's a great opportunity to get acquainted with the house and understand how things work. Please ask questions as we go along. We want you to understand what we're inspecting and the conditions we're finding.

As we move through the house we'll provide maintenance information and make mention of possible improvements to help you keep your home in good working order.

A typical inspection will take approximately 2½-3 hours to complete. Larger homes and older properties may require more time.

We'll summarize the inspection with you when finished and discuss any concerns if they are present.

A computer-generated report of the condition of all readily-accessible components and maintenance information will be e-mailed or faxed to you shortly after the inspection is completed. If you would like copies sent to other parties, we would be happy to send them with your written permission.

Upon receiving the report, please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions regarding the findings. We'd be glad to discuss them with you.

 

New Construction Inspections

While the great majority of builders do an excellent job in their construction techniques and practices, homes are built by humans who err from time to time. Several different subcontractors, tradesmen and professionals are typically involved in the construction of a new home. It's easy to see how things can get out of sequence, overlooked, forgotten, or not properly checked by the builder. Many homes are being constructed on several different sites and quality control can often be inconsistent from one builder to the next.

A buyer has the right to expect excellence in a new home. As in an inspection of a pre-owned home, there are no code enforcements but rather attention to potential fire hazards, safety hazards, health hazards and structural concerns. Cosmetics and workmanship are looked at carefully throughout the inspection. 

At the end of the inspection the report will provide you with a punchlist of concerns if found  that can be presented to the builder. The appropriate time for this type of inspection would be after the builder is completely finished and prior to moving in, or any time prior to the 12th month of occupancy.

 

Maintenance Inspections

As a homeowner, it makes good sense for you to know the condition of your home at all times. Whether you're planning on putting your home on the market in the next few years or simply maintaining your investment, it makes good sense to give your home a "physical" on regular intervals. It offers some peace of mind to know the condition of your furnace, roof, or heating and cooling systems and many other components so that money can be budgeted for replacements or repairs as they become necessary.

 

Radon Measurement

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is a radioactive decay product of uranium in the soil. It is a class A carcinogen and can cause lung cancer according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization, National Academy of Sciences, American Lung Association, US Dept of Health and Human Services, and the National Environmental Health Association, among many others.

Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).

Because it is difficult to determine what levels you've been exposed to in previous homes, testing now is more important than ever. The only means of confirming the levels of radon is by testing, as levels can vary from area to area.

The US EPA has defined what they consider to be an acceptable level of radon, and Illinois has adopted the same standard. One out of every 3 homes in the Chicagoland area tests at or above the US EPA's Action level for radon of 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/l). If radon levels are found to be at or above the action level of 4.0 pCi/l, the levels should be lowered. Elevated levels of radon can always be fixed. A typical remediation system costs between $1200 and $1800 and takes less than a day to install. These systems work 24 hours a day to actively keep the radon levels low, over the seasons and throughout the years.

A radon test can easily be completed within your five-day inspection time period. Radon tests during real estate transactions are a minimum of 48 hours in length and are performed by licensed technicians using electronic monitors. These monitors record exposure levels hourly and produce an overall average at the end of the testing period. Results are available immediately at the end of the test, and are faxed and/or e-mailed to you per your request.

  

  

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