Cottages to Castles Home Inspections, LLC

Plainfield, IL

About this pro

Choosing the right home inspector is important. Different inspectors have varying equipment, knowledge and reporting methods. To help you make a informed choice on buying your new home, Cottages to Castles will walk you thought the process and deliver a complete computer generated report with photo's within 24hrs after the inspection.We will also be glad to answer any question you have before, during, and after the inspection.

During the inspection we take our time, which is usually 2 to 3 hours to inspect all the components and systems in the house.We also encourage our clients to be a part of the inspection to help them understand the issues and maintenance items needed when they move in.

Buyers want to know that a home is safe, structurally and mechanically sound, and free of health risks. Our home inspectors visual evaluation will provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the current state of the home, its components and systems. In addition, our home inspectors will include maintenance tips and other information to help you protect your investment.

As a Illinois State-licensed Certified Professional Inspector® trained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), we adhere to a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that we will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:

• Roof
• Structural Components
• Attic, Ventilation & Insulation
• Exterior Cladding, including EIFS
• Porch & Deck
• Garage
• Driveway
• Foundation
• Basement/Crawlspace
• Electrical System
• Plumbing System
• HVAC System
• Interior, including:
• Ceilings, Floors & Walls
• Windows/Glazing
• Doors

Radon and mold testing also available at a discount if scheduled/needed at the time of the inspection.

Your Inspection Report:

We will compile our findings in an easy-to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues discovered. We'll email you your report within 24 hours, and our job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it. See home page for link to view and download a sample report.


Plainfield, IL 60585

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12 Reviews
  • Jorge B. Feb 21, 2017
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Excellent way experience. Steve was the ultimate professional. Very quick and easy to schedule. Accommodating and helpful and very thorough in his findings and explanations to me. Thank you and highly recommend!
  • Nicholas C. Feb 13, 2017
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Good experience overall
    Steve was very easy to schedule, prompt, thorough and personable. We received a detailed report of the inspection within 8 hours.
  • Salil S. Sep 10, 2016
    Radon Testing
    Verified Review
    Professional and Thorough
    Steve did an excellent job for our Radon Testing. He is very professional, thorough and courteous. He explained us in detail about the test and the reports and promptly shared a detailed report after the testing was completed. Very responsive during scheduling and very prompt once scheduled. We would definitely recommend him.
  • Sharon L. Aug 17, 2016
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Excellent job. Good documentation. Would recommend them.
  • Caroline F. Aug 6, 2016
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
  • Diana B. Jun 30, 2016
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    On time, and very thorough. Would definitely use again.
  • Olha Y. Jun 14, 2016
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Steve is a great inspector, very professional, details oriented, pleasant to work with. He gave me awesome advise and I'll recommend him to all my friends. The report was ready in few hours! Thanks a lot !
  • Eli G. Dec 19, 2015
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Steve did an amazing job. Walked me through all the pros and cons and explained everything with the property Report was sent to me in less then 24 hours of inspection. I would definitely recommend him.
  • Carolyn B. Dec 15, 2015
    Mr. Henningsen provided me with a very thorough report after his inspection of my home in which he made suggestions for improvements and repairs. I am in the process of completing the suggested improvements and repairs. I found him to be very courteous and prompt.
  • Erika S. Dec 4, 2015
    Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Great service, very professional!
  • John A. Nov 28, 2015
    Pre Purchase Home Inspection
    Verified Review
    Did an amazing job, was vey knowledgeable and walk me through and explained everything. I would highly recommend Steve.
    Steven H. Dec 5, 2015

    John, Thank you for your review. Enjoy your new home.

  • Lindsey S. Oct 27, 2015
    Radon Testing
    Verified Review
    Steve was very professional . We would definitely recommend his company for Radon testing.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes, pricing is based on square footage among other factors. However this is a bidding site so we've all offered discounts. ( :
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We set up an appointment. I usually arrive early to look around the outside of the property. When you arrive, after speaking for a few minutes we start the inspection. I take multiple photos of the property inside and out. Any issues are noted and explained on the report. I take the extra time to show first time home buyers locations of gas, water, and electrical shutoffs. The report is completed and sent via email no later than 24 hours.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Extensive training,experience and time in the field. Over 10 years in the trades including HVAC, plumbing, electrical and masonry.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I wanted to start a business that would give me the opportunity to work with people. I like the freedom this business provides as well as helping people make great decisions and achieving their dreams of home ownership!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have had the pleasure to work with all different types of customers. When I am working with a customer, I address that customers needs and question before, during and after the inspection. I have inspected condo's, town homes, single family, and even the occasional farm, with additional buildings on the property. I have also done commercial buildings and 11 month warranty inspections for new homes.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently, I did a home inspection for a young lady. She was very excited and ready to buy. Unfortunately, the home inspection uncovered many structural problems, more than the buyer wanted to handle. She was disappointed but happy she did not buy a "money pit". She did find another home that was even better and after the inspection made the purchase with confidence. The process took some time, but I was happy to help and to be included in her final purchase.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have a concern in any part of the house, please ask you inspector, Most inspectors will explain if the problem is an issue or not and explain the reason.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think the home inspection is a great starting point that will reveal what if any concerns should be discussed.