Frequently Asked Questions...
How do I know I will be getting a good Inspection? 

Tom provides a personal warranty on all inspections. As long as you are in your home, Tom will make himself available to assist you with any issues that may crop up after the inspection.

Click Testimonials to see what Toms clients say about their inspection experience.

Do Home Inspectors need to be licensed to perform Home Inspections in Illinois? 

Yes, effective January 1, 2003, all home inspectors must be licensed by the State of Illinois to perform home inspections in Illinois.  Thomas Myers is a licensed Illinois Home Inspector and HomeOwner Services, Inc. is a licensed Entity in Illinois.

  • Thomas A. Myers - License # 450.000221
  • HomeOwner Services, Inc. - License # 451.000131 

Is your company covered by E&O Insurance?

Yes, HomeOwner Services, Inc. carries E&O (Errors & Omissions) and General Liability insurance to protect their client’s home investment from unforeseen situations.

While home inspectors are not required by law to carry insurance, it is in your best interest to work with insured companies.

 


What’s covered in the home inspection?

A HomeOwner Services, Inc., professional home inspection will identify the problems, offer solutions, and give cost estimates for major repairs and replacements.  It is a visual examination and analysis of the physical structure and mechanical components.  The inspector will inspect the following systems, describe their components and report on those that are significantly deficient:

  • Structure
  • Electrical
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Plumbing
  • Basement/Cellar/Crawl Space/Slab
  • Kitchen
  • Interior
  • Exterior

Who benefits?

The buyer will know what is being purchased and will save considerable heartache and money by avoiding a “money pit.”  He will also have a preventative maintenance “plan of action.”  All homes have problems. The only question is, how serious are these problems?  A professional and licensed home inspector understands the difference between major and minor problems and will communicate that difference to you. This will help you with the negotiating process and with your future maintenance plans.


How long does the home inspection last?

 

A normal home inspection generally lasts 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. An inspection lasting less time is simply not enough. Although not mandatory, we highly recommend the buyer attend the inspection to gain first-hand insights on the condition of the home. This short investment of time is truly a rewarding experience.

 

Will I receive a detailed report? Your inspection report includes details of our findings in an easy-to-understand manner.  We’ve combined the best of the checklists and narrative-style formats to offer you a clear understanding of your prospective home.  Our report is easy to read and prioritizes the findings.  This helps you know which areas need to be addressed immediately and which can wait.  Our full report package, which also serves as a customized owners manual for the home. The inspection findings are reviewed with you at the end of the inspection and e-mailed or faxed to you within 24 hours. The report binder is reviewed and presented to you at the end of the inspection.

 

  • The HomeReview Book  is a full narrative report using an advanced computerized reporting system complete with digital photos. The narrative format addresses each of the 7 areas to be inspected, describing how they were inspected along with any deficiencies discovered. Don't worry about getting too much information. Our report clearly separates major from minor problems and includes a summary section. The summary at the end of the report highlights any areas of concern
  Do I need to attend the Inspection? 

We want you there; your inspection will be one of the most fascinating learning experiences of your life.  By the time the inspection is done, you will most likely know the home better than the previous owner. We guide you through the home and teach you about each of the major systems and components. By accompaning us on the inspection, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive first-hand answers.

 


How does the scheduling process work?

Because timeliness is important, we can usually schedule your inspection within a few days from your call.  And, we perform inspections six days a week, evening appointments are also available, daylight permitting. There may be an additional charge for Sunday inspections. To schedule an inspection, please call 847-749-3444.


How much will the inspection cost?

The price will vary based on the size of the home and other factors.  An exact fee will be quoted when you call.  Beware of the low-cost inspection!  Like all industries, you can probably find someone who will perform a low-cost inspection.  But will he be around next month to explain his mistakes?  Because the home purchase is such an important investment, saving a little money on the inspection is generally not a wise move. Most professionals would recommend you hire at least a competitively priced home inspector.

 

What happens if I have a problem after I move into my new home?

When you hire HomeOwner Services, Inc., we become your home consultant for as long as you live in the home. We are available for free phone consultations on any questions relating to the inspection or to the home. No time limits! No costs! No obligation.  

 

 

Does your company fix the problems you identify during the inspection? 
 

We do not solicit or perform any of the work we recommend, are not affiliated with any contractor, or give or receive any referral fees. This assures that our recomendations are objective and unbiased.

 


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