Plainfield, Illinois licensed Home Inspector and ASHI Member Jess Alvarez (815-941-2345) provides Home Inspection Services in Morris, Coal City, Mazon, Gardner, Channahon, Braidwood and around Plainfield, IL.

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Plainfield, Illinois



Home Inspection - Worth the Time Or Cost?

A home inspector is your advocate. An inspectors' responsibility is to look out for you. To provide the information so you can make an informed decision when purchasing a home. As a neutral party, an independent inspector should have no financial interest in the sale of the property. Home & building inspection services provide you an unbiased written report of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection.

Think about it, you are good at what you do, whether a teacher, police officer, manager, or whatever your employment is, few people have the knowledge, experience or training to inspect the hundreds of items in a property, such as foundations, roofing, plumbing, or electrical systems. From the top of the roof to the bottom of the foundation, and everything in between, an experienced inspector looks for any indicators of concern. Have a trusted, knowledgeable, experienced professional examine the home to make sure you are not investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a money-pit!

An inspector examines hundreds of elements in a normal or standard visual inspection. This is where experience comes in. Having inspected hundreds of properties, experienced in all aspects of home construction, and the building sciences, an experienced inspector is worth every penny they charge. Finding small, almost negligible indicators of abnormal system operation, a worn out components' sound, or the distinct smell of burning wire insulation of an overloaded circuit, can be the difference between a novice inspector passing by not even noticing. An inspectors experience helps to find the defects & informs you of the consequences.

Most inspections are visual in nature. More invasive technically exhaustive inspections are available. This type of inspection (technically exhaustive) requires the services of individual contractors such as an electrician, plumber, structural engineer, roofer, etc. to examine the individual components of a property. The cost for technically exhaustive inspections may become unrealistic (10x a visual inspection) because of the nature of the tests and time required to perform invasive inspections. Visual inspections are the norm.

Depending on the region, inspection charges range from $275-$500, for a typical three bedroom, two-bath home with a basement. (Note- Experienced inspectors are at the higher end of the scale) Some inspector services include digital pictures for added clarity, or a home maintenance manual to help guide you through normal home maintenance procedures.

All homes have issues of concern, i.e. deferred maintenance (caulking, painting, clogged gutters, etc.). The objective is discovering and reporting the items that can mean the difference between a huge repair bill and extra money for whatever you choose.

After consultation with your attorney, the choice is yours to make after all the information is in front of you. The inspection is one of the most important or essential step in the home buying process. It gives you the peace of mind knowing what to expect. Is it worth it? What do you think?

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

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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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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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Roberto Montiel, ASHI Certified Inspector ability to communicate in Spanish is especially satisfying for his Hispanic home buying clients and all have raved about his work.

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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.    

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Pete Jung, ASHI Certified Inspector, is a 30-year veteran of the residential construction and inspection industry and has performed over 4,000 inspections since 1999. He is Certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is Licensed by the state of Maryland. Pete is also active in the local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (NOVA ASHI). He is Certified through the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) and owns and operates a local Home Energy Team franchise.

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