What is a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is a close examination of the structural components of a home. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services uses a thermal imager that enables us to view inside areas of the residence that the naked eye cannot see. We do this in order to detect potential problems that either a seller or potential buyer should know about. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services will look for items that are not functioning properly as well as items that are unsafe or not within the guidelines of the State of Illinois. If a problem or potential problem is discovered, the home inspector will include a description of the problem in the report and may recommend further evaluation by a specific trade expert.
Why is a professional home inspection important?
For Home Buyers: The process of buying a home can be stressful. A home inspection will help to bring you peace of mind. Occasionally, the home inspection may have the opposite effect as you don't necessarily want to hear about potential problems with the house you are ready to buy and call home. However, you do need to know what additional costs this home may incur, should you decide to move ahead with the purchase. A professional home inspection should not be taken lightly. There are many who call themselves property inspectors, but only do inspections part-time. A professional, licensed, skilled, and dedicated property inspector, like Jim Kolke of Pinnacle Property Inspections, is there to be sure that you are not surprised by a costly repair shortly after you take possession of the home. That should help to bring you peace of mind.
For Home Sellers: With the current economic housing market in a slump, competition for buyers is intense. Home sellers need every available advantage to attract potential buyers. A professional home inspection can be that added incentive you are able to provide. Imagine the potential buyers driving up to your home and seeing a sign out front announcing the recent home inspection. This allows prospective buyers to view your home with the knowledge that it has already been professionally inspected and there is a report available for them to review any and all potential problems. That is full disclosure.
What if the home inspector identifies problems?
All homes, even new homes can have problems. The real question should be, how serious are these problems? Pinnacle Property Inspection Services understands the difference between major and minor problems and will identify and communicate that difference. Every problem has a solution. Solutions may vary; from a simple fix of the component to a possible credit for repairs that your agent or lawyer should negotiate on your behalf at your closing. Pinnacle's advanced knowledge of construction and home inspection allows all problems to be fully addressed prior to closing.
What does an inspection include?
A proper inspection includes an examination of the home or building from top to bottom. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services will evaluate and report on the condition of the home's structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, air-conditioning system, insulation, walls, windows and doors. Most part-time inspectors can only inspect those items that are visible and accessible by normal means. Pinnacle's use of thermal imaging allows us to see inside the walls, ceilings, and many other components to help us provide a detailed "behind the scenes" look at any property.
When should I request an inspection?
The right time to request an inspection is immediately after you make an offer on a property. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the property. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the offer, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
Can a property "fail" an inspection?
No. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services is there to report on the current condition of the property. A potential buyer can decide whether to move ahead with the purchase, renegotiate the terms and conditions, or just accept the property and the terms as originally presented. It is not the responsibility of Pinnacle Property Inspection Services to "pass" or "fail" a property.
I am familiar with homes. Can I inspect the property myself?
Unless you are a professional home inspector with the tools, knowledge, and experience to perform a property inspection, you may lack the necessary qualifications to accurately discover potential problems. When you consider the minor cost savings of inspecting the property yourself versus the potential major costs incurred from an overlooked underlying problem, you can see that the investment in Pinnacle Property Inspection Services is "money in the bank."
Should I be present during the inspection?
Ultimately this is your decision - although we highly recommend that you are. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services is known around the Chicago area for their friendly, courteous, and informative inspection process. Jim's knowledge of owning and maintaining multiple homes coupled with his overall good nature has helped to provide his clients with an educational experience that is second to none. This education will be even more valuable to you after you have moved into the new property and started making it a place you call home.
As a home seller, do I have to repair everything found in the inspection report?
No. Often times a seller will request a home inspection so they can make their home more marketable. Potential buyers will already have a copy of the inspection report and can immediately see what areas, if any, need attention. Some items in the inspection report will make negotiations much easier, as both sides (buyers and sellers) will know the real condition of the property.
How do find a good home inspector?
We don't want to sound biased, but, you have already found one - Pinnacle Property Inspection Services, Inc. (That was a trick question) Your next step should be to book an appointment with us. ->Click here to book an inspection.