Grayslake Home Inspector
Home Inspections in Grayslake, Gurnee, Waukegan, Libertyville, Mundelein and Surrounding Areas
Bee Sure Home Inspection Services
John Reim 773-425-8275

Grayslake Home Inspector

What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof down to the foundation. I am trained to be a “detective” in regards to construction and the working parts of your home in Grayslake, Gurnee, Libertyville, Waukegan, Mundelein or surrounding areas.
Why do I need a home inspection?
A home purchase may be the single largest investment that many folks will make in their lifetime. This can make the decision to buy a home quite stressful and allow emotions to become involved in the buying process. Before you purchase a property in Grayslake, Gurnee, LibertyvilleMundelein or surrounding areas you should take the time and spend the proportionately small investment involved in order to learn as much as you can about your prospective Grayslake area property, including what may need to be repaired, replaced, or what systems are deficient. The findings of your inspection may actually be beneficial when it comes time to negotiate with your seller in regards to final contract price of the property. On rare occasions, home buyers may find there are just too many issues with the home they may have been considering, and are grateful to have had an inspection performed so they can safely steer clear of investing in a “money pit” type situation. Whether you are considering a small Grayslake townhome at $100,000 or a spacious $600,000 Libertyville estate, the minimal investment in a quality inspection is well worth the cost, as it could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Your home inspection report will reveal the condition of the home and it’s systems.
What if the inspection reveals problems?
Not all homes in Grayslake, Gurnee, Libertyville, Waukegan, Mundelein or surrounding areas are perfect. In fact there really is no such thing as a “perfect” house. Right off the bat it is important to come to terms with this concept. Whether your house is old, new, big or small there will likely be some minor and maybe even some major issues with it. Your home inspection and home inspection report will identify these problems and recommend further evaluation if needed, or recommendations for remedy / repair / replacement.
If your inspection reveals problems it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the house. The home inspection is meant to educate you in advance of the purchase of the condition of the property. Some home inspection findings found by your home inspector may suggest immediate repair while others may be more maintenance related and can wait. Larger ticket items should be negotiated with the seller along with safety concerns. Generally you should avoid haggling with your seller on nitpicky items or cosmetic defects, and concentrate on high dollar repairs and or safety concerns. A home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of your Grayslake home, as well as required ongoing maintenance that will be needed to keep the property in good shape and to preserve the value of your investment. By having the professional home inspection you will have a clearer understanding of the home you are purchasing so you can make a confident decision.
What does a typical inspection focus on?
A typical pre-purchase or pre-listing home inspection is very comprehensive and will include:
Roofs, vents, flashings, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.
Gutters and downspouts.
Exterior grading and drainage.
Decks, steps, porches, walkways, and railings.
Basements, foundations and crawl spaces.
Water penetration and foundation movement.
Heating and cooling systems.
Water heaters, shut off valves, interior plumbing fixtures and faucets.
Sump and ejector pumps with accessible floats.
Electrical service entrance, meter box, and service panels.
Fireplaces, hearths, and dampers.
Insulation and ventilation.
Garage doors, openers, and safety sensors.
Windows, doors, exterior siding and trim.

Who needs a home inspection?
Home Buyers in Grayslake, Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein, Waukegan or other surrounding areas should consider hiring a professional inspector to evaluate the condition of the property they are considering. Home Sellers also have a need for a qualified professional home inspection. By hiring a professional Grayslake home inspector before putting your house on the market you can get a better understanding of the condition of your home before putting up the For Sale sign. This can make the selling process easier by alerting you to potential deficiencies ahead of time and allow ample time to make necessary repairs to these system before the sign even goes into the ground. Having repairs made will help eliminate any stumbling blocks down the road when you eventually find a potential buyer. For example, I had a client in Mundelein who did a pre-listing home inspection with me. I uncovered major roofing deficiencies that could have cost them thousands of dollars in buyer credits. With the advance knowledge of the pre-listing home inspection, they were able to receive authorized repairs from the roofing contractor under warranty! It cost them nothing to replace the defective roofing materials and they avoided a major headache at the negotiating table with their potential buyer. Everyone was happy.
Owners of newly constructed homes also are in need of a valuable service from home inspectors. Home inspections are a useful tool to have in your arsenal in regards to builder’s warranties. Prior to expiration of a typical one year builders warranty, you should hire a professional inspector to thoroughly examine the property so that deficiencies can be detected and corrected by your builder before it’s too late!
What about mold or radon?
I hear those are really bad things to have in your home.
Mold can cause many negative health effects to individuals who are sensitive to certain types of molds. Radon is a class A carcinogen that is known to cause 15,000-22,000 deaths annually due to radon induced lung cancer. The good news is most radon and mold issues can be remedied. But first, you must test and inspect to determine if these environmental hazards are present in your current or prospective new property.

Bee Sure Home Inspection Services is fully licensed in Illinois to test your home for Radon. I do not sub contract this service out to other contractors. This keeps your costs lower and gets you your results faster. We utilize state of the art electronic continuous radon monitors which provide the most accurate and fastest testing results. I also carry a CMIA designation (Certified Mold Inspection and Assessment) to allow me to investigate your home or property for mold and other indoor allergens and air quality issues. A visual mold inspection along with representative sampling in your property can determine whether or not you have a potential mold problem in your home. No one should have to live in a home that has mold. 

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Grayslake home inspector provides home inspections & mold inspections in Grayslake, Gurnee, Waukegan, Libertyville, Mundelein and surrounding cities. Please contact me at 773-425-8275
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