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All Home Inspection Services Kenneth Malone

All-Home Inspection Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Concerns & General Questions About My Services

Home Inspections:FAQs

What is a Home Inspection?

A Home Inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check up. If problems or symptoms are found, the Inspector may recommend further evaluation. Our inspections are provided to you in PDF format so that you can store it on your computer, print it out, email it and easily share them with others.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, our inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property. If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventative measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

How much does a Home Inspection cost?

The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies. Our fee depends upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age and possible additional services, such as Radon testing. Plan to spend $300-$600 on average.

Can I do it myself?

Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds or thousands of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. He understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want and this may affect their judgment. Most buyers are pleased to have the impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail an inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its visible physical condition and indicate what may need major repair or replacement now or in the near future.

When do I call in the Home Inspector?

A Home Inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed and is often available within a week. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection/radon testing clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon your satisfaction with the findings of a professional home inspection.

Do I have to be there?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. This is a great time to ask questions, and it will also make the final report easier to understand because you have already seen any conditions pointed out in the report. However, if you can not be at the inspection, photos will be taken when needed to explain a peticular defect.

What is EIFS?

EIFS, an acronym for "Exterior Insulation Finishing System" is a synthetic stucco coating applied to a house over a specific subsystem. Although EIFS is widely used in commercial and residential construction, improper installation can cause significant problems to the home structure, and therefore a professional inspection of homes covered in EIFS is highly recommended.

Who hires the Home Inspector?

If you are buying the house then you are responsible for hiring your own Home Inspector. The same applies to a seller wanting a pre-sale inspection. Often your Realtor will make suggestions and in some instances make the arrangements, but ultimately you are paying the bill and must feel confident with your choice in a Home Inspector.

Is there an agency that regulates Home Inspectors?

There are over 30 States that have Home Inspection Licensing requirements. The Illinois Home Inspector License Act was adopted to protect the public from unknowledgeable or incompetent inspectors. The law requires that all licensed inspector’s meet minimum competency by completing core education and successfully passing an examination. Annual Continuing education is also required.

Radon Testing:FAQs

Does my house need to have a Radon Inspection?

Radon, according to the American Lung Association is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer, with smoking being first cause. It is a good idea to have a Radon test when purchasing a new home. The test is an easy one, but make sure that a reputable test is performed. Use a certified Radon Measurement Specialist.


In-fact the Surgeon General recommends that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. And if there are high levels detected, they recommend taking action to reduce the levels of radon to prevent serious health risks to you and your family.

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