Frequently Asked Questions
Inspections can normally be scheduled within 72 hours of your call. At the end of the inspection the report is reviewed with the client and the final report is emailed within 36 hours. Payments are due at the time of the inspection in the form of cash, checks, or Visa/MasterCard.
The inspection fees vary depending on the type, size and listing price of the property. Please call 773-929-9889 for additional information.
We do! While the State of Illinois does not require it, we want to give our clients that extra little “piece of mind” and carry an Errors & Omissions policy.
No. Property Inspection is all we do. We offer inspections of single family homes, condominiums, multi-unit buildings and small commercial properties for buyers, sellers, condo associations and investors. We discuss the inspection process and options with each client to make sure we give the maximum value for the cost of the inspection.
Inspectrum has been providing property inspections in the Greater Chicago area since 1995.
Absolutely. With a report showing a property with a clean “bill of health,” you will have the confidence to move forward with your transaction comfortably. The inspection report will contain much information that you will be able to utilize for future reference.
There is no such thing as a perfect home, even new construction has its flaws. If there are items on the report that the inspector identifies as problems, it only means that you will know in advance what to expect. If you have a tight budget, or don’t want to deal with some sorts of repairs, this will be valuable information. Sellers may agree to make some repairs.
It is not required that you be present for the inspection. However, it is highly recommended. You will be able to watch the inspector at work, and ask questions along the way. If there are issues that they point out, you will be able to ask them if they are considered major or minor repairs if you do not know.
Make sure that when you sign your purchase agreement, there is an inspection clause in the contract. You should call your inspector immediately upon buyer acceptance, as there is generally a deadline associated with it.
No. A home inspection is purely and evaluation of the current state of the property. It is not an appraisal or municiple inspection. A property inspector will only describe the physical state of the structure, components, and systems that may need repair.
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise of a professional inspector. A licensed inspector is familiar with the details of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. They know how the property’s systems and components are intended to function, and also how they fail.
Aditionally, most buyers find it difficult to remain objective about a property they want, which may effect their judgment. It is best to obtain an impartial opinion.
Fees are based on the type of property inspected and its price. Condominium, “unit only” inspections begin at $295. Single family homes begin at $525.
Don’t allow the cost of the inspection to deter you in getting an inspection, or to influence the company you use. Make sure you have a sense of security in your choice, and that you feel all your questions will be answered.
Buying a home is most individual’s largest single investment. You will want to learn as much as you can about a home before you buy it. An inspection can identify the need for major repairs or oversights on the part of the builder. After the inspection, you will be able to make decisions with confidence.
A home inspection report will contain observations about the home’s heating system, central air (if applicable, and temperature permits), interior plumbing and the electrical system. The inspector will also evaluate the roof, attic, and visible insulation. Walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors will be noted. As will the foundation and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has published a Standards of Practice that outlines what you can expect, we have provided a copy of it here.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from roof to foundation.