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Can My House Fail a Home Inspection? 

  • 6 min read

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.

for buyers: What to expect from home inspection

What to Expect When you’re Expecting a Home Inspection

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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.

Let’s Fix it: Dishwasher Tips and Tricks

  • 9 min read

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.

Should I get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection? 

  • 17 min read

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. 

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We’ll Buy Your Home Back Guaranteed

  • 7 min read

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. 

Celebrate Pride Month with Jo, Your Trusted Queer Home Inspector

  • 4 min read

These days, it can be hard enough to find qualified and licensed professionals to hire for work, without the added stress many members of the LGBT community experience of trying to decipher if that worker will allow you to feel safe and respected in your own home. As a woman in a trades business and a member of the LGBT community, Inspector Jo personally understands the daily struggle of trying to be respected and treated equally by the world around them. Let Jo’s expertise and inclusive approach make your home inspection experience exceptional.

The Essentials of a Condo or Townhouse Home Inspection

  • 10 min read

To ensure you’re choosing the right condo or townhouse that will continue to provide value to you and your family, it’s crucial to have a thorough home inspection to ensure you’re making an informed decision. A professional home inspector will meticulously evaluate various aspects of the whole condo or townhouse property, including all accessible communal areas, as well as a general evaluation of the buildings exterior to provide you with a comprehensive assessment or not only your new condo or townhome, but for the building as a whole. Knowing whether or not you are purchasing a property in a building with years of deferred maintenance and neglect can help save you down the line from financial stressors like: raised HOA fees, unexpected repairs inside your unit, or high priced association or building maintenance repair assessments. In truth, buying a condo or townhome without any assessment of the property’s condition or the building management’s future plans for restoration and repair can be incredibly expensive risk to your financial future. Here are some of the many reasons why a condo or townhome inspection can save you time, money and reduce potential future stress.

What We Don’t Inspect?

  • 9 min read

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.