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InterNACHI CPI – CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR™

FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED

Providing high value, data-driven home inspections for first-time buyers since 2006.

Single-Family Homes

From the roof to the foundation, our inspection gives you a thorough overview of the condition of the property, alerting you to potentially major issues which might affect your bottom line.  We follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

Condominiums & Town Houses

Whether you’re considering a studio condo or the purchase of an investment property, we offer a range of flexible services to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Special Services

We offer a suite of ancillary inspection services, including radon and mold testing, combustion gas analysis, drone-assisted roof inspections, and recall research.

Decades of work in the residential sector- combined with InterNACHI’s unparalleled continuing education- ensures your inspector is well-seasoned and prepared to deliver the best inspection available.

An inspector who works for you.

My priority as an inspector is be a reliable source of information regarding the actual condition of your property. Knowledge is power. Please let me share my knowledge with you.

Residential Home Inspection

There are nine major systems that make up a single-family home, and we inspect them all. From the foundation to the roof, our inspection will give you a comprehensive look at the condition of the property.

What we inspect: Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, Interior.

Additional Services Included In The Standard Home Inspection: Limited IR Thermography Scan – Appliances Tested for Basic Functionality – General Moisture Intrusion Screening – Recall Research Service – HVAC and Water Heater Age and Failure Probability – Furnace Combustion Analysis – Roof Inspection By Drone (certain restrictions apply)

Optional Services Available: Radon Testing, Mold Testing (air samples), Residential Repair Estimate Report, Split-Faced Block RILEM Testing

Pricing is based on market conditions, as well as the age, size, and location of the property. While some inspections cost a little more, and others a little less, the average price for a Single-Family Home is $495.

Condominiums & Town Houses

A condominium inspection is a partial inspection and is performed on only those components that the buyer or homeowner is responsible for. It typically does not include the exterior components of the property, basement, crawlspace or attic as this is usually owned by the association and is not by the buyer or home owner. Although, we may offer comments concerning our observations of common areas as a courtesy.

Optional Services Available: Radon Testing, Mold Testing (air samples), Residential Repair Estimate Report, Split-Faced Block RILEM Testing

Pricing is based on market conditions, as well as the age, size, and location of the property. While some inspections cost a little more, and others a little less, the average price for a Single-Family Home is $495.

Recall Research

Every year, thousands of house fires are caused by faulty dishwashers. I have partnered with Inspector Services Group/Residential Warranty Services (ISG/RWS) to check the serial numbers of your appliances against the national recall databases.  This can help you be aware of manufacturer’s recalls.

The fee for this service is $25.  The fee can be waived if you give me permission to share your telephone number with my recall research service provider.  They will use it for telemarketing purposes. You can OPT OUT of telemarketing by responding to an email which will be sent by ISG/RWS.

Would you like to add the recall research service? 

Mold Testing

Mold is an allergen. Exposure to high levels of mold spores can cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions.  Mold testing helps us to know if there are elevated levels of mold spores in the indoor air.

The mold test involves taking samples of the air and sending these samples to a lab for analysis.  Two samples are taken: an outdoor sample and an indoor sample. The purpose of the outdoor sample is to provide a baseline for comparison to the indoor sample.

The cost for basic testing is $200 for the initial setup and the first two samples. Additional samples are billed at $50 each.

Please note that the presence of mold is linked to seasonal and atmospheric conditions. Test results may vary significantly, depending on the time of year, time of day, barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity conditions at the specific time that the samples are taken.

Radon Testing

Radon is an odorless, invisible, radioactive gas which is naturally produced by the soil. Exposure to radon is linked to significantly higher risks of developing cancer.

Radon testing is the only way to determine if there are dangerous levels of radon in your home.

Would you like to add a radon test?

For more information about radon, please visit:

https://www.epa.gov/radon

https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/NRS/Radon/Pages/WhatIsRadon.aspx

http://www.radondetection.net/

Sewer Scope

The standard home inspection is limited to items which are visible and readily accessible at the time of the inspection.  Therefore, hidden elements, such as buried piping, are outside the scope of the standard residential inspection.  Neither the Illinois Standards nor the InterNACHI SOP require the evaluation of buried piping.

In the standard inspection, the sewer is evaluated from a functional standpoint:  I run the fixtures and faucets, to see if the sewer is draining without backing up.  This type of testing does not tell us if there are hidden defects in the sewer line.  In the standard home inspection, an evaluation of the sewer line interior is not performed.

Sewer line issues can be very expensive to fix.  Repairing or replacing damaged lines can easily cost many thousands of dollars. Using a sewer scope, I can evaluate the interior of the sewer line.

As long as I can find a workable access point, the sewer camera will allow me to view up to 150’ of sewer line.  In most houses, this is the entire line. The camera inspection can identify damaged pipes, root infiltration, blockages, and low spots.

Please note: I cannot always get into the line.  Since I am not a licensed plumber, I will not remove toilets to gain line access.  There must be a functional, accessible cleanout for me to perform this service.   If it turns out that I have problems getting into the line, your entire sewer camera inspection fee will be promptly refunded.

The cost of this additional service is $225. 

Tom was extremely thorough, but took the time to explain what he was looking for and why. His report came back the same day, and was clear and detailed. Excellent job and would highly recommend.

-Beth O.

Covid-19 Update 😷 In light of the ongoing pandemic, I'm asking everyone to please observe social distancing and mask use throughout the inspection, particularly when we are inside.