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Selecting a Chicago Home Inspector

Illinois Real Estate Lawyer

Because buying a home may be the most valuable possession an individual will ever purchase in his or her lifetime, it is very important to know exactly what condition the home is in before you buy it. Buying a home without first having the home inspected is highly inadvisable as some significant structural complications and other hazards may be invisible to the untrained eye. A skilled and highly qualified home inspector will fully evaluate your prospective new home so that you do not have to worry about buying a home with major issues.

Home inspectors usually will inspect a home for a pre-agreed upon fee and provide a written report on their findings. It is generally a good idea to hire a home inspector who is not affiliated with the real estate agent selling the home, as this conflict of interest may lead to the inspector overlooking certain issues in order to help the real estate agent. If you need assistance finding a home inspector or would like to learn more about home inspectors, contact a Illinois real estate attorney today.

How to Evaluate a Potential Chicago Home Inspector

There are a number of ways to evaluate a home inspector before you decide to hire him or her. It is highly advisable that you try to find a home inspector with a reputation for being thorough and fair.

Before hiring a home inspector, you should ask them the following questions:

  • How many years have you been inspecting houses?
  • How many inspections have you performed?
  • Can you provide references?
  • Are you insured?
  • Does your inspection cover the roof, basement, attic, or any crawl spaces?
  • How long does it take to receive an inspection report and what type of report do you offer?
  • Does your report include the estimated cost of repairs?

Reading client testimonials and viewing a sample inspection report can also be helpful before you make a commitment. You can begin the process of looking for a qualified home inspector by:

  • Using Home Inspector Association's "Find an Inspector"
  • Make sure that any inspector you are carefully considering has a website with the necessary information
  • Make sure the home inspector meets the requirements of all local and state laws and regulations
  • Make sure the home inspector is licensed
  • Make sure they use Home Gauge Services, as this allows you to see a detailed report with pictures online and be able to send it to all parties involved
  • Keep in mind that an inspector who is also a licensed professional engineer is a good choice as he/she will have a broad knowledge about home systems (you can search for a PE on the website for the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers)
  • Do a background check- you can see if an inspector has the proper certification on sites such as Better Business Bureau and Angie's List
  • Ask a prospective inspector what equipment he/she uses- your inspector should be taking advantage of technological equipment that provides the best service possible (these can include electrical circuit analyzers, electronic carbon monoxide and fuel gas analyzers, digital moisture meters and digital cameras to document findings)
  • Make sure the inspector you hire carries errors and omissions insurance for conducting home inspections
  • Shadow the inspector the day of the home inspection

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Keep in mind that bargain hunting for an inspector may not be such a good idea. Don't blow your budget, but also don't hire an inspector who is going to cut corners and not do a professional, thorough job. Purchasing a home may be the biggest decision in your life; a home inspector can help ensure you make a well-informed decision. To learn more about how to choose a good inspector, check out the following article on home inspection by The Street. Also, click here to read about what advice Home Inspections USA® has to give.

Call us today to get the legal assistance you need on your side to choose the right home inspector!