Illinois licensed Home Inspector and ASHI Member Jess Alvarez (815-941-2345) provides Home Inspection Services in Morris, Minooka, Channahon, Joliet, New Lenox, Plainfield, Manhattan, Frankfort and throughout the suburbs of Chicago IL.

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Home Inspection 101

Unhurried, careful, thoughtful steps is what it takes to find the property that is right for you. Finding the right home. Making the offer to buy, after some negotiations, you and the seller have a meeting of the minds, the offer is accepted. A home inspection is ordered after the offer to buy has been accepted.

You knew the basics of your needs and wants in a home. The # of bedrooms, bathrooms, garage size, 1 story or 2, etc. Narrowing the available real estate to make a final selection you will call home. A similar process should be undertaken for selection of your home inspector.

So what are the steps? First of all realize that inspection experience is valuable to you. A new inspector can not be as effective at identifying defects as an inspector with 5,10, or 20 years experience. Don't get me wrong, everyone has to start somewhere, that is why alot of franchise inspection companies are flooded with novice inspectors trying to gain experience.

Training is key to gaining knowledge required to do any job. I believe prior experience, goes hand in hand with training. When a person has experience in home construction, or remodeling for example, where many home components' issues come into play. This type of experience is more likely to be a better fit to home inspection service than someone wanting to make a job change to become a home inspector because of "make money quick & easy" hype.

Referrals from your trusted attorney, realtor, friends, family, or co-workers are excellent resources to find an experienced, unbiased, & thorough home inspector. Another good source is national home inspection organizations such as American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

Narrow your choices. Interview your potential inspector. Here are some basic questions to ask.

Ask how long & what is your experience? Are you insured? Do you perform property inspections part time or full time? Are you a member of any national organizations? Are you certified by any national home inspector organizations? Are you a member of any Chamber of Commerce? Do you provide a home maintenance manual? Are you available after the inspection for questions or consultation as long as I own my home? Is the inspection report a checklist type with hard to read carbon copies, or a concise computer aided written report with digital photos?

As with most services, competence, reputation, & experience all come into play. At this critical juncture, keep your eye on the ball. If after all your due diligence, your selection is an experienced inspector that charges a little more. Are you willing to gamble you hard earned money on what may be the largest investment of a lifetime on a few dollars? You usually get what you pay for. What is your peace of mind worth to you?

Jess Alvarez is the owner of "A Plus Home & Building Inspections, Inc." 815-941-2345. An advocate for all clients delivering the best inspection service, period. Provides you peace of mind when buying your home! Experianced in the building sciences; building, remodeling, inspecting. I invite you to visit the website for additional information.

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Washington, DC Area Home Inspections - Inspectors Hollis Brown, ASHI Member, is a 40-year veteran of the residential construction and inspection industry and has performed over 4,500 inspections since 1997. He holds the Certified Residential Inspector Credential (CRI) of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and is a Virginia Certified Home Inspector. ThoroSpec, LLC is your single source for General Home Inspection, Radon Testing, Termite Inspections & Energy Surveys.

Washington, DC Area Home Inspections - Inspectors Tony Toth, ASHI Member, is a 30-year veteran of the residential construction and inspection industry and is a Virginia Certified Home Inspector. ThoroSpec, LLC is your single source for General Home Inspection, Radon Testing, Termite Inspections & Appraisals.

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Kevin OMalley, of Casey OMalley Associates, is a veteran provider of support services for home inspectors.

Kevin has personally taught thousands of people to create successful inspection businesses and careers.

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COA leads the home inspection profession with the most popular educational events in the country. In addition, we assist home and commercial inspectors to understand technical issues and manage risk every day in their business. Insurance carriers rely on us to investigate and manage inspector claims across North America. COA is everything you need to be a success in the inspection profession.

Casey OMalley Inspection Conference is coming to the East Coast.  Two Great Conferences to choose from in Atlantic City.

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VAREI acts as a voice for Virginia home inspectors in statewide issues, promotes excellence in the home inspection industry and represents a membership that spans the Commonwealth.

The VAREI Annual Meeting is usually held on a Saturday in October.

When: TBA

Where: Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 (Richmond area)

Registration: TBA

Cost: TBA (includes annual membership, a listing and personal profile on the well-positioned VAREI Website, lunch, and continuing education credits.


Patrick Barbe is certified Washington Council of Engineering Laboratories (WACEL) inspector and Soil Scientist with over 14 years of experience in the Washington DC metro area.  Patrick provides home inspections, foundation inspections, drainage inspections, construction inspections and well/septic field inspection.    

Gary Smith, ASHI Certified Inspector is chief inspector of SafeHome Inspections, with over 34 years of experience. No other home inspector in the state of Mississippi has the experince and expertise to match. Gary is HUD approved FHA 203(k) Consultant  and home improvement contractor.

SafeHome Inspections is your single source for Home Inspections, Radon Testing, and Home Energy Efficiency Audits.

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Gary is the admin of the popular 203k Forum.  Lively conversation are held on facebook and LinkedIn

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Please Call (601) 691-1496 or Request a Free Home Inspection Price Quote Here

Joliet, IL Home Inspections - InspectorJess Alvarez, ASHI Certified Inspector, is a 30-year veteran of the building science and inspection profession. He is Licensed by the State of Illinois to perform home inspections that include professional reports and digital photographs. Jess is also certified to perform mold inspections and is active in the Northern Illinois chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors

Call (815) 941-2345 to schedule your A Plus Home & Building Inspection today.

Laurel, MD Home Inspections - Prince Georges Home InspectorsBuddy Goldsworthy, ASHI member, has been involved in residential remodeling, renovation and home inspections for nearly 30 years and has performed over 1,500 home inspections since 2004.  He is Licensed by the State of Maryland and  Certified by the State of Virginia.  Buddy is an ASHI Certified Home Inspector.  

BG Home Inspection Service, LLC is your single source for Home Inspections.

Call (240) 299-2640 to schedule your BG home inspection today.

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Abode Check, Inc. is your single source for Home Inspections and Radon Testing.

Call (703) 330-6696 to Schedule your Northern Virginia Home Inspection.