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Top 10 Home Inspectors near Grayslake, IL

4.9
from 73 reviews
4.9
(73)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
"Don is very personable and easy to talk to. He was very thorough with his inspection of every aspect of the home. The very next day he provided me with a detailed report with pictures of every thing he found. If there was a loose face plate on an outlet, he noted it. Not only did his report aid me in the decision to move forward with my purchase, he also created a very organized list of things I need to fix when I do move into the house. I will recommend him to anyone who needs a home inspection. "

$290

estimated cost

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5.0
from 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"Beverly was very knowledgeable and very thorough. I would definitely use her again for another home inspection. She was timely and took the time to answer all questions we had. She also provided some great tips and ways to make improvements!"

$245

estimated cost

4.7
from 89 reviews
4.7
(89)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 20 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
"Thomas did a fantastic job with my home inspection. Previously I have witnessed several home inspection as either a buyer, seller, or a current Tennant and each time I was less than impressed with the overall quality of the inspector and inspection. So when I spoke with Thomas for the first time I expressed those concerns and he explained how he approaches each inspection which put me at ease. I still was hesitant as saying it over the phone and actually doing it are two different things. Well I couldn't have been more impressed and pleased with the job that Thomas did. He was thorough and efficient and walked me through every step do the process. His inspection reports are just like he promises. He also gives you a hard copy that day so you have it to look over before you receive the final soft copy. Also normally am inspection is 2 hours however he was there for 3. He didn't skip out or rush the inspection just to get out of there at the 2 hours( was not charged additional). If you are looking for quality, thoroughness, and someone with a great attitude and willingness to explain the details then Thomas is the guy for you. Would def hire again if I need another inspection "

$285

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
"There is nothing negative I can say about working with IPI. They were able to change appointments on very short notice. They were on time, professional and made the effort to explain things to my wife (I was not present at the inspection due to work). the full report they sent us had more than enough info to allow us to make our decisions. Highly recommend"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 19 years in business
"Extremely thorough and meticulous."

$275

estimated cost

4.8
from 5 reviews
4.8
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Fish Home Services was a great pick for us. The inspector was on time, courteous, thorough. I would suggest this inspection company to anyone that is shopping around!"

$275

estimated cost

4.2
from 53 reviews
4.2
(53)
  • 37 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
"plumber was very efficient....the only problem was the price could have gotten it done for far less. Tritan did respond 1st and took care of the repair quickly and efficiently"

$259

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I was very pleased with the home inspection performed by Sunup Home Inspections. It's owner, Lukasz Lisowski, is a consummate professional. His attention to detail is extraordinary. His technical knowledge and capabilities are elite. And his honesty and thoroughness in the inspection process is truly enlightening. I sincerely would recommend Sunup Home Inspections and Lukasz Lisowski to anyone in need of home inspection services - A very pleasant person he is as well."

$245

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 2 years in business
"I would highly recommend My Home Inspection Company. Kirk the inspector worked with our schedule, he was very courteous and explained ever steep of the inspection in terms that we could understand. He spent over two hours checking our home from top to bottom. He was very knowledgeable about all the systems in our home. We feel very comfortable in recommending My Home Inspection Company to anyone that is buying a new home. Jean"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Helping new home buyers learn about the home they are buying."

$299

estimated cost

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection performed by a trained professional to determine the condition of a home’s main elements. The inspection usually takes several hours, during which the professional takes multiple photos and notes, tracking information for a final report. After the inspection, the pro will create a printed report, complete with photos and detailed information, summarizing the condition of the house. A home inspection is often used by potential home buyers prior to purchase to determine if there are larger issues (such as dry rot or a faulty foundation) that are not immediately visible to the untrained eye but that would cost a lot of money to resolve. Home inspections are also used by real estate agents and home sellers to address any concerns before putting a home on the market. Longtime homeowners can also schedule a home inspection to get a snapshot of their current home condition and identify any issues that need to be addressed. A home inspection is not a legal document that can be used for divorce or estate settlements, nor can it be used to secure loans or mortgages.

How do you find a good home inspector?

A home inspection should tell you the true condition of a home. A competent home inspector closely inspects your home’s structure and foundation, looks for termites and signs of problems like mold, checks the wiring to ensure it’s in good condition, and investigates the HVAC system, among other items. To find a good home inspector, first research whether home inspection is licensed in your area; not all states require licensure.

If there is no regulatory body that licenses home inspection in your state, there are other ways to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy professional. Carefully look into the person’s reviews and ask for references. Ask if they are committed to continuing education, and whether they are active members in any reputable home inspector organizations. Some organizations that recognize and/or certify home inspectors are the American Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and American Home Inspectors Training. Don’t be shy about asking to see credentials and licensing.

What should be included in a home inspection?

A complete home inspection involves a visual investigation of all major elements that make up your home. A home inspection is a vital part of buying or selling a home to ensure you’re not accidentally buying a termite-infested home or one with major structural defects. Paying for an inspection before purchasing a home can save you a lot of money in the long run. The national average home inspection cost is $310, with prices ranging higher or lower based on your location and the square footage of your home. After performing a walk-through inspection, the pro should provide you a printed report — complete with photos and recommendations — detailing what’s in good condition, what would benefit from minor repairs, and what needs immediate attention. Home inspection pros know how to spot trouble areas, but they’re not licensed contractors, electricians or plumbers, so they may suggest you hire a licensed pro to address specific problems. Here are the main components that a home inspection covers:

  • Home structure
    • Foundation, grading and drainage, roof covering, roof structure, interior and exterior attic walls, ceilings and floors, interior and exterior doors, windows, stairways, fireplace and chimney, porches, balconies, decks, attached carports, and crawl space.
  • Electrical
    • HVAC system, heating equipment, cooling equipment, ductwork and vents, fixtures and switches, branch circuits, receptacles, service entrance and panels.
  • Plumbing
    • Water heater and equipment, drains, waste systems, vents, and plumbing fixtures.
  • Appliances
    • Garage door openers, garbage disposal, dishwasher, exhaust range, range hood, bathroom exhaust fans, cooktop, oven and microwave.

How much does it cost to get a house appraised and inspected?

Home appraisals and home inspections both assess your home and provide a report summarizing the condition or value of your home based on key measurements. Unlike a home inspection for the sale of a property, a home appraisal is used for loan applications, property value assessment for sales or settlements (divorce, estate, etc.), and taxes and insurance. If you’re having your home appraised for lending purposes, you’ll likely need a state-certified appraiser, so be sure to your research their credentials. Nationally, the average cost for a home appraisal is $340.

If you’re buying or selling a home, having a professional home inspection can be an invaluable tool for price-setting and negotiation, as well as learning what repairs are necessary. The national average home inspection cost is $310, ranging higher or lower depending on the inspection company, your location and the size of your home. Other factors that can affect cost are additional inspection services and pathogen testing. Here are some examples of average home inspection costs in various parts of the country:

  • Home inspection in New York City: $425 or more.
  • Condo inspection in New York City: $200 or more.
  • Home inspection in Central Texas: $250 for homes up to 2,000 square feet.
    • $275 for homes from 3,001-4,000 square feet.
    • $300 for homes from 4,001-5,000 square feet.
    • $325 for homes 5,001 square feet and up, plus 10 cents per additional square foot.
  • Home inspection in Los Angeles: $199-$299 or more.

How long does it take to do a home inspection?

On average, you can expect a standard home inspection to take two to three hours. Your house size can affect inspection length, as can requesting additional services such as sprinkler system inspections, outbuilding inspections, radon testing, crawl space inspections, or pool house inspections. During the home inspection, the professional will be taking photos and looking in and around all parts of your home. The inspector will then compile a report that may be more than 20 pages. You should receive this report back within a few days to a week. The report should detail everything from minor imperfections and maintenance recommendations to major defects that need to be resolved as soon as possible, like structural failures or a leak in the basement. Your report should include photos and clearly outlined information about all major elements inspected, as well as recommendations for next steps.

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