A home inspection is an examination of the physical structure and systems of a home or building. It will provide a detailed snapshot of the condition of a home or building at the time of the inspection.
In the State of Illinois, a home inspector must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) and must abide by the IDFPR Standards of Practice (established by the Office of Banks and Real Estate, OBRE). IDFPR Standards of Practice are the minimum and uniform standard required for licensed home inspectors to provide their client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components that are readily visible and accessible of the home being inspected.
We provide you with an honest, unbiased, and detailed evaluation of your home, building or property!
As a client, you will need to keep in mind that the inspector is not required to move any furnishings or stored items. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ensure that the access to all the major components of the home are clear prior to the time of inspection of the home.
The inspectors report will note which items were Inspected (I), Not Inspected (NI), Not Present (NP), and/or Repair/Replace (RR). General deficiencies include inoperable, material distress, water penetration, damage, deterioration, missing parts and unsuitable installation. Items identified on the report do not obligate either the Seller or the Buyer to make any repairs or take any other action. The decision to correct a hazard or any deficiency identified in an inspection report is left to the parties to contract for the sale or purchase of the home.
Please keep in mind that there may be several items on the report that are related to building codes or safety issues and that there are very few homes that will comply with these. These conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they may have been "grandfathered" because they were present prior to the adoption of the codes prohibiting such conditions. The inspection is still required by law to report these items as a deficiency if found not to comply.