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1. What is Home Inspection?
2. When do I need it?
3. How do I choose one?
4. What do you look for in the home inspection process?
5. How do you inspect houses that are sold “as is”?
6. How and when do I pay you?
7. How long would it take?
8. Do I need to be there?
9. When do I get the report?
10. Do you give the report summary?
11. What do I have to know?
12. Do you give repair estimates?
13. Can I ask you to fix it?
14. How do you inspect?
15. Are you insured?

1. What is Home Inspection?
Home inspection is an unbiased visual assessment of the condition of the property. For a prospective buyer, home inspection is more or less to inform you about the condition of the property as well as assist you with making the critical decision on whether to proceed with the purchase or walk away.

Under Illinois law, all Home Inspectors are licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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2. When do I need it?
Most home inspection service requests come from prospective buyers on existing homes in a real estate transaction. After you sign the purchasing contract, you have normally 5 working days to complete the inspection. The outcome of the inspection can assist you in making your final decision on whether or not to complete the deal.

When people buy a newly constructed home, they tend to ignore or waive the home inspection process. The term “new” can give a misleading perception so it is important to inspect even newly constructed homes, followed by a one-year warranty inspection.

To schedule an inspection, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are just an email or phone call away: 630-663-0888.

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3. How do I choose one?
There are many factors that can be taken into consideration, and it is important to avoid making a decision based on the lowest pricing. If inspection services are priced lower than usual it can mean a sketchy reputation or simply a lack of experience. You are better off putting your hard-earned money towards a more experienced and reliable home inspector.

You also want to choose a home inspector who is totally independent. Of course there is nothing wrong with hiring an inspector through an agent but a good inspector will always perform independent examinations regardless. The ethics and credentials of the inspector are the important factors. Asking family and friends for personal referrals is highly recommended.

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4. What do you look for in the home inspection process?
Home inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection. We will inspect all the readily accessible items of the property. Areas typically included in but not limited to in an inspection are:

    • Structural – Foundation, Supports, Framing, Walls, Chimney
    • Electrical – Sizing, Grounding, Wiring
    • Plumbing – Water Supply, Water Heater, Faucets, Drainage
    • Heating & Cooling – Furnaces, Condenser, Wiring
    • Interior – Appliances, Floor, Window, Doors, Rooms, Bathrooms
    • Exterior – Roof, Gutters, Siding, Trim, Grade, Drainage, Decks, Patios
    • Insulation – Attic, Walls, etc.
    • Safety – Trip Hazards, Electrical Hazards, Fire Hazards, etc.

Since I only inspect what is in sight and accessible, I will not move furniture, take pictures off walls, lift up carpeting, etc.

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5. How do you inspect houses that are sold “as is”?
The standard practice of home inspection is not affected by the wording in the real estate contract agreement. Whether the house is new or sold “as is” will not impact the way we perform the inspection.

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6. How and when do I pay you?
Inspectors are paid at the end of the inspection.

Agents involved in the transaction get paid only if the property closes. The inspector gets paid whether or not the buyer decides to buy the home. This gives inspectors a completely unbiased point of view and will not attempt to influence the prospective buyer into taking any action.

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7. How long would it take?
The inspection typically takes about 2-4 hours to complete depending to the size and condition of the property. Compiling the information into a formal report will take an additional 2-3 office hours. It is important to consider all findings before furnishing your home. Some findings may be linked to each other, and as a result so is the severity of any and all potential problems.

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8. Do I need to be there?
We strongly encourage you to accompany us during the inspection. Be sure to set enough time (3 hours) aside. This will give you a chance to ask questions and familiarize yourself with all aspects of the property. If you really cannot be there for the entire inspection, we would recommend at least being present for the last half an hour.

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9. When do I get the report?
We will verbally offer inspection feedback on-site and provide you with a finalized written report within 2 business days.

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10. Do you give the report summary?
In the written report, we will provide you with general notes which will list most of the defects found during the inspection. We group them based on the job category rather than listing them based on the severity.

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11. What do I have to know?
Once the property changes hand, it is yours. You need to keep up with all the maintenance to keep your home in good condition. Always remember that identifying the problem before it comes and taking care of it as soon as possible is what saves you money in the long run.

Always ask yourself, do I know where the gas shut-off valve, water shut-off valve, and electrical shut-off breaker are? How do I change the air filter? Who should I call to get the maintenance/repair? If you have the answers to all of these questions then you will be fine.

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12. Do you give repair estimates?
No, we don’t provide you any written estimates on repairs. Each job is unique and fees may vary amongst different individuals. Market prices on parts may also be subject to fluctuation.

We can provide you verbal consultation on the repair pricing issues, but we will not give you prices in writing.

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13. Can I ask you to fix it?
No, we do not perform repairs on properties we inspect. This creates a conflict of interest, especially when multiple parties are involved in the conclusion of the inspection.

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14. How do you inspect?
Home Inspection in Illinois is regulated by Division of Professional Regulation, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Eagle-i will perform the home inspection according to the IL225/441 to set the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

All Eagle-i inspections are performed in accordance with recognized home inspection standards. Two of the most commonly accepted standards and inspection guidelines are those issued by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®) and National Institute of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

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15. Are you insured?
Yes, Eagle-i Inspection is fully insured.

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