What to expect from your inspection.
During Your Inspection
Whether you are buying, selling, or just want a comprehensive inspection of your home, Midwest Property Specialists provides professional and quality service from the moment you contact us. We’ll inspect the structure, systems, and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof, using the latest tools, technology, and methods. We follow comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that we will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:
After Your Inspection
Following our evaluation, we’ll compile our findings in an easy-to-read Spectora report (delivered in HTML and/or PDF Format) which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution photos of any issues we have discovered. We’ll deliver your report within 24 hours of our inspection, and our job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.
Midwest Property Specialists thoroughly inspects and reports on the following:
Foundations, grading and drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, and wall and ceiling structures.
Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys, and other roof penetrations.
Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and ensuring your outlets are GFCI-protected.
Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, flues and chimneys, and any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.
Heating, Vents, HVAC
Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents, and flues. We’ll also check your fireplace for proper ventilation.
Dishwasher, garbage disposal, range hood, range or oven, cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans, garage door opener, and other built-in appliances.
Foundations, Basements and Crawl Spaces
We will examine the foundation, crawlspaces and basements to look for signs of things like past water damage, foundation cracking or shifting, and other potentially expensive issues.
Attic, Ventilation & Insulation
We will examine the attic to ensure it is properly ventilated, check for mold and moisture, assess the level of insulation, and more.
This includes the exterior walkways and doors, cladding, siding, porch, deck, patio, driveway, garage, and other elements of the home’s exterior.
Doors & Windows
We will check doors and windows for proper sealing and drafts, signs of mold or water damage, and more.
Our Commitment to You
A home inspection is a visual examination of a property that allows you to detect hidden damage, ensure your home’s construction is up to par, and avoid any repairs that can cost you down the line.
At Midwest Property Specialists, we understand that a home inspector has two jobs: to find the problems, and to clearly notate them for you and your agent. This is why we are committed to providing you with the most thorough and comprehensive home inspections possible.
InterNACHI's We’ll Buy Your Home Guarantee
Your home may be covered by InterNACHI’s Buy-Back Guarantee. Subject to terms and conditions found below.
Our Specialty Services
Although Radon is a naturally occurring gas in our environment, it’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. The Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend testing for radon because one out of 15 homes have unsafe levels. Millions of Americans have had their homes tested, and you should, too.
A thermal imaging inspection involves using a FLIR camera, to check the outside and inside of a home. It looks for water and moisture that may be inside the walls or ceilings. It can even detect areas where insulation may be missing. This is an area that cannot be seen by the naked eye, or without opening up the walls or ceilings.
This makes a home inspection even better, because your inspector will better be able to detect unseen issues.
Move-In Certified Seller’s Inspection
If you’re selling your home, let us inspect if before you even list it. This inspection alerts you to any defects or problems so that you can address them before prospective buyers discover them. Take the time you need to obtain repair estimates and justify your full asking price.
Our Other Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience, but we’re here to ensure you know what to expect during your home inspection.
A home inspection includes checking for any structural issues such as foundation cracks, roof leaks, plumbing issues, electrical wiring, heating/cooling systems, insulation, windows, doors, chimneys, etc. Depending on how big the property is, a home inspection typically takes 2-3 hours.
Ensure all inspection points are free from clutter, including any closets that might lead to a crawlspace or attic, and clearing some space around your home’s perimeter. It’s also important to check the functionality of all built-in appliances, electric, and gas. If you don’t plan to attend the inspection, make sure your inspector has access to the home, and all pets are properly contained or moved.
A home doesn’t pass or fail an inspection. Instead, a home inspection is a thorough audit of your home’s components. In most cases, there will be concerns marked on your home inspection report, but these are strictly informative.
While you can legally skip a home inspection in many cases, doing so could mean you may end up buying a home that has major issues that need to be fixed.
A home inspection can affect appraisals for two reasons: 1) The inspector may find something wrong with the property that would lower the value of the home, 2) The inspector may find things that need repair which could increase the value of the home, if the repairs are made. If the inspection finds issues that require repairs, then the seller has to decide whether they want to fix them themselves, or hire someone else to do it.
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