We Look At: Exterior Home Components, Foundation, Roof, Electrical System, Heating System, Air Conditioning System, Plumbing System, Attic, Garage, Basement, Crawl Space, Interior: Room by Room
A non-invasive and non-destructive residential inspection. Quickly diagnose building conditions, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and HVAC problem areas. Check energy efficiency; locate areas of cost savings and proper system operation. Detect building moisture issues, insulation defects and pinpoint problem areas. Results are captured and documented into professional reports; providing tangible proof of our findings.
Test for Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. But it still may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is classified has a group A human carcinogen.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home. Having a home inspection is like giving a home a physical check-up. If problems or issues are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation and corrections by qualified contractors.
The standard home inspection will review the conditions of the HVAC system, electrical system, plumbing system, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, exterior, drainage and structure.
The purchase of a home is one of, if not the largest single investment you will make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and if any repairs are needed before you purchase it and minimize any surprises. Of course the inspection also points out the positive aspects of the home and maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection you will have a much better understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
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 home, but rather describe the condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the home, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the price or terms and/or correct the issues found during the inspection.
Definitely; now you can complete your home purchase with your eyes open as to the condition of the home and its equipment and systems with the ease of mind that all is good with your purchase.
No. A radon test is a separate service provided. If a radon test is desired, Midlands can provide the service at an additional cost.
Standard home inspections will vary and take roughly 2 to 4 hours depending on the size and condition of the home.
It is not necessary for you to be present during the inspection, but you are welcome to attend and observe the inspector and ask questions while you learn about the condition of the home.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest and leading nonprofit professional association for independent home inspectors.
Nothing is more frustrating and annoying than water in the basement. Water in the basement can cause numerous issues in the home from deterioration in the heating season, electrical panel and circuits, breeding ground for mold and fungous, plus many more. If your basement has been dry, then let’s keep it that way with routine maintenance. If your home is equipped with a sump pump then we need to test it yearly before the big […]
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR GREATEST INVESTMENT ASHI Reminds Homeowners That April is National Home Inspection Month Des Plaines, Ill. (April, 2018) – Moisture intrusion is a leading cause of home maintenance issues and repairs. With April showers in full swing, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds homeowners that April is National Home Inspection Month and encourages them to identify potential maintenance issues now before they become major repairs. “April is the perfect time […]
Corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) or the flexible yellow gas lines found in many homes beginning in the 1990’s is a good and safe product when installed properly following the manufacturers instructions. Manufacturers are requiring more stringent installation instructions for bonding/grounding their product due to the risk of damage from lightning strikes. Lightning can cause systems in the structure to become energized. If the systems are not properly bonded/grounded, the difference in these systems may […]
What’s the largest moving object in your home? The garage door; and it serves as the main entrance to the home for 70% of homeowners. Does that surprise you? If not, then the fact that 1-in-15 garage doors and openers may lack the latest safety features or may not operate safely at all. Millions of garage doors and openers may require attention from qualified professionals. Just because the garage door goes up and down does […]
Our office hours are well suited to book your inspection in the fastest most convenient manner for you. Office hours are extensive and convenient; we are available via phone from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Office appointments are scheduled appointments only. Special circumstances always exist and Midlands Home Inspections will work with you to meet your needs.