The following list contains home inspection FAQ's Ace Inspection Services in Downers Grove.
If you have a question or concern that is not addressed below, or would like further information, please feel free to contact us.
1. What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation, often in connection with the sale of that home. This is carried out by a home inspector, who has special training to carry out such inspections. A home inspection report is then issued by the home inspector.
2. What does a typical Home Inspection cover?
A typical home inspection covers the main elements in a home including the roof, siding, exterior grading and drainage, gutters and downspouts, the mechanical systems such as heating and cooling equipment (weather permitting). It covers the electrical and plumbing systems, plumbing fixtures, windows and doors, appliances, visible structural elements such as foundation, floor joists etc., insulation and ventilation in the attic. Whenever possible the Home Inspector will walk on the roof, enter the crawl space and enter the attic. Home Inspectors use specialized equipment to help identify problems, such as gas detectors, moisture meters and thermometers.
3. What determines the cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area,
the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services
such as septic, well or radon testing.
4. Should I attend the Home Inspection?
Yes, if possible. It is valuable for the buyer to walk through the home with the Home Inspector. This allows the prospective buyer
to see things first hand, get a good understanding of how things work and get a feel of the condition of the home.
5. Are you licensed?
Yes. All Ace Inspection Services inspectors are licensed with the State of Illinois Department of Banks and Real Estate (lOBRE).
Additionally, we are licensed by the State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency (lEMA) to conduct Radon testing.
6. Does a Home Inspection cover building codes?
No. A home inspection is not a code inspection. Building codes vary from town to town. We will, however, point out code violations that are a health or safety risk, such as improper electrical wiring or improper plumbing practices.
7. I am purchasing new construction. Do I need a Home Inspection?
Yes, builders oversee hundreds of sub-contractors working together and against each other. We find numerous problems and omissions in new construction inspections.
8. Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective about the house they really want, and this may have an effect their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional home inspector.
9. Can a house fail a Home Inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value.
It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather
describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
10. How do I schedule an Inspection?