So you’re in the market to buy a new house and you want to do your due diligence to ensure that the property is a quality investment. A home inspection is obviously the first place to start. What makes Chicago’s Inspector Jo Home Inspections different from the rest, other than being a female in a male dominated industry? Participation in InterNACHI’s® We’ll Buy Your Home Back Guaranteed Program, sets Jo apart from other inspection companies in the area, offering true peace of mind to her clients at no extra cost to them.
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Although Jo observes and notes on hundreds of aspects of a home during an inspection there are some limits to the Standards of Practice (SOP) that either are not part of a General Home Inspection or cannot be observed visually at the time. Jo believes in honestly and clearly and wants everyone to be as prepared and aware of what to expect from and Inspection Report as possible. Below are some common areas people assume a Home Inspector might inspect that are actually outside of the SOP guidelines.
Your home should be a sanctuary where you and your family thrive, where every nook and cranny hums in perfect unison, and lasts for generations. A home Energy Audit can help you reach to comfort needs.
The home inspection process can be nerve-wracking for both buyers and sellers. A home inspection can expose defects in a house that the current owner may not be aware of, yet it’s crucial to understand that there’s no such thing as a “pass” or “fail” when it comes to home inspections. Although some properties may have significant defects, potentially rendering them uninsurable or prompting buyers to reconsider their purchase, a poorly resulting home inspection does NOT render your house UNSELLABLE.
Just because it’s “New” doesn’t mean it’s done right.
When your heart, soul and financial future are tied into a brand new home, you want it to be built right and last for generations to come. Most homeowners expect impeccable craftsmanship, attention to detail, and a flawless living space in their brand new properties. However, even the most experienced builders and contractors can inadvertently make mistakes, or omit important steps when constructing new homes. By identifying these pitfalls (generally found during the series of home inspections) homebuyers, homeowners, and even builders themselves can become more aware and proactive in ensuring the quality and longevity of newly built homes. Here are 5 common Mistakes that are regularly found by Inspector Jo during the inspection phases of newly constructed homes.
For Potential Home Buyers
Congratulations! You’ve found a property you love and have put an offer on it, and you’ve already made the next crucial step in the home buying process by scheduling a home inspection with Inspector Jo. As a smart investor you are doing your due diligence in taking this important opportunity to assess the condition of the property and ensure there are no hidden surprises. Jo’s goal is to make this process as smooth and easy for everyone, so we will walk you through what to expect as a buyer when scheduling a home inspection, helping you navigate this critical stage with confidence and peace of mind.
For Potential Home Sellers
So, you’re actively trying to sell your home, and you have an upcoming home inspection scheduled for your property. To show off your property in the best light, and help ensure no re-inspections or other stones get thrown into the gears of a smooth sale, it is important to anticipate the home inspection process and prepare accordingly. Understanding what to expect can help you prepare your property and ensure a smooth inspection experience. Here, Jo will outline five essential things that home sellers should expect during a home inspection, allowing you to be proactive and prepared.
Most homes these days have a dishwasher installed in the kitchen. Having a dishwasher in your home can be a true time-saver and a convenient addition to your daily routine. However, improper installation and usage can lead to frustrating issues and even costly repairs. Unfortunately, as a Home Inspector, Jo finds improperly installed dishwashers regularly during inspections. There are 5 major mistakes homeowners often make when installing and using their dishwasher. By learning about proper installation and regular routine maintenance, you can ensure smooth and efficient dishwasher operation while prolonging the unit’s lifespan.
Repairing or replacing a loose and leaking toilet can be a straightforward task with the right knowledge and approach. By following these steps, you can tackle toilet repairs efficiently and maintain a fully functional bathroom fixture saving $$$ on your water bill, and stress down the line.
Generally the spring and summer months are the busy season in the real estate market. Typically more homes go on sale in the market during the bright sunny days of the year because homes sell faster and generally for more money when the weather is more agreeable. This year less and less homes are entering the sales market and those that are seem to be listed longer before they sell. What should you do as a current homeowner wanting to get in the market?
If you’re planning to sell your home, a pre-listing home inspection is a valuable investment. It allows you to identify and address any issues in advance, boost buyer confidence, accurately price your property, gain negotiation power, and facilitate a smoother and faster transaction. As a homeowner and member of the growing real estate industry, Inspector Jo, highly recommends considering a pre-listing home inspection to maximize your chances of a quick successful sale.