Partial List of Topics:
Hot Water Heater
Pitched Asphalt Roof
TermiteWater in Basement
Termites. Carpenter Ants, and Other Inspections
They are here, there, and virtually everywhere. We strongly encourage a pest inspection be done for all properties being sold. These are not welcome little creatures by any means. The same goes for carpenter ants and all other such destroying, annoying insects.
Terminix - lots of good information
Heimer Company - great site for lots of stuff, including termites
Here are other inspections some buyers have done. Read about them and decide if you want any of these, or other, inspections done for any property you're considering buying. Some people feel very strongly about these issues and inspections while others feel the issues have been exaggerated. As with many things in life, you need to educate yourself on these issues then decide what you want to do for yourself. This is a personal choice that you have to make because we have to let the sellers/sellers agent know your decisions at the time we present your offer to purchase.
If you ask us, we advise clients to get these inspections done to be on the safe side and learn as much as possible about the property they want to buy. Again, it's your choice which of these tests you want done.
EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish Systems) - Synthetic Stucco
Lead Paint Inspections
As of January 1, 2003 the State of Illinois Home Inspector License Act became effective requiring all companies or persons involved in the home inspection process to be licensed by the State of Illinois in accordance with the Home Inspectors License Act. Make sure you ask to see proof of licensing when you hire an inspector or check them out at the states licensing webpage.
What does the inspector check? This depends on the company you select. Here are some of the things most home inspectors might check when doing their inspection (check with the inspectors you talk to for their specific items covered during the home inspection - what's included, what's excluded):
Overhead Garage Doors
Brick, Siding, Trims
Porches, Decks, Patios
Termite Tests - extra $ (?)
Radon Tests - extra $ (?)
Lead Paint Tests - extra $ (?)
Mold Tests - extra $ (?)
Other tests - consult inspector
We strongly encourage that you attend the home inspection for several reasons. Since we are REALTOR's® and not trained inspectors, you need to rely on someone who has the training, experience and credentials for the job, and can answer your questions.
You will need to understand any problems that arise from the inspection so the repair or replacement, etc.of any problems can be negotiated with the seller through me and/or your attorney.
Another important reason is the knowledge you'll gain from the inspector explaining how the systems in your new home work, steps to take to keep your home running smoothly for years to come, and possible steps to consider so you'll be proactive rather than reactive about maintenance.
We look forward to being your trusted real estate partner.
Get a good idea of what you're buying or selling - a good way to protect your investment and your peace of mind by getting a home and pest inspection from a qualified inspector.
Buyers can find out about the operations of the property they want to buy and address any concerns raised by a professional inspection and/or testing.
Sellers can find out about any possible problems and have them corrected before putting their property on the market and hopefully deter any unwanted surprises after the sale is closed.
We do not want your property inspection compromised in any way. If their report reveals problems and concerns, we'll address these issues through your attorney, who will correspond with the other attorney. If we cannot reach a satisfactory agreement between all parties concerning these issues, then you need to decide what you want to do in accordance with your contract terms, other negotiations and agreements that have since been made: proceed with the purchase/sale or to cancel the contract in a timely manner and move on.
Sellers please note that you will be required to disclose any known problems in writing that exist with your property on your Property Disclosure Form that is given to prospective buyers. Be honest above all else.