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FAQ

Why should I hire an inspector?

A house is typically the largest investment anyone will make in their life and could hold many costly repairs. A house is not what you expect, but will be what you inspect. Having a house inspected is like taking a vehicle to a mechanic. 

How long have you been doing inspections?

I have been doing inspections since 2008 with well over 1,000 properties inspected. For more information visit the "Inspector" page.

Do I have to be present at the inspection?

No. Normal inspections can take 2-3hrs. A very detailed report will be sent to you and you can contact me with any questions regarding your report.

Can I attend the inspection?

Yes. You are welcome to attend providing the homeowner or realtor approves. For safety reasons, it is not recommended that you go onto roofs, in attics, or crawlspaces. 

Is the inspection report transferable?

No. The inspection report is a confidential report between the inspector and the client. If you want the report to go to someone other than yourself, then written permission is required. 

Is the home inspection a warranty?

No. This is not a warranty. The report identifies issues found at the time of the inspection.

Do you inspect attics and crawlspaces?

Yes. Providing entrances and areas are readily accessible, the conditions are safe, and there is adequate clearance. 

Do you inspect garages?

Yes. The inspection fee covers the house and one garage. If there are additional buildings they can be inspected for an additional fee.

Does a home pass or fail an inspection?

No. A home inspection states the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. The inspection gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to buy the home "as is" or negotiate with the seller.

How long does an inspection last?

Depending on the size of the home, the inspection can last 2-4 hrs. or more.

What should I do about the problems in the inspection report?

No home is perfect. All homes have things that need to be repaired or improved upon. Discuss any concerns you have with your real estate agent or the homeowner.

Do you inspect mobile/manufactured homes? 

Yes. The same thoroughness is conducted as with a standard home.

Will you tell me if I should or shouldn't buy the house? 

No, my job is to present you with a detailed report of the property to help you make an informed decision.

Do you inspect septic tanks? 

No. The septic system can be a very complex system and could have costly repairs. It should be inspected by a qualified septic professional. 

Do you do any repairs on the homes you inspect?

No, as a code of ethics, I will not perform repairs on a home for 12 months after the inspection. 

Do you inspect wells?

No. Well, water can have contaminants in it and it is recommended that you have the water tested by the local health department. If you want the well itself inspected, it is recommended that you have a local plumber inspect it.

Should I have a new house inspected?

Yes. The saying "to err is human" even applies to new construction homes. Mistakes could have been made or things could have been left forgotten or undone.

How much is an inspection?

Please visit services & pricing.

Do you charge mileage?

Please visit services & pricing.

What areas do you serve?

Illinois counties: Crawford, Lawrenceville, Richland, Wabash, Jasper, Clark.

Indiana: Knox, Sullivan, Vigo, Gibson, Daviess, Green, Pike

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