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Home Buyer Inspection Services

Certified Property Inspections, Inc provides prompt, competitively priced, quality property inspections services for home buyers throughout all areas of Chicago and all of the suburbs of the Illinois Counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane, DeKalb, Lake, McHenry & Winnebago. All reports are objective, detailed, well written and include a home safety review. A complete summary of noted deficiencies, their priorities to address and the cost to remedy is included.


Detailed Reports Home Buyers can choose between our On-Site Report which is issued at the end of the inspection or our Computer Generated Report which will be emailed to you and your designated parties the evening or morning following your inspection. Two copies of your report printed in color will be sent to you the following day.

Your inspection report will include your inspector's observations, comments, maintenance suggestions, budget prices for repair, replacement or remodeling along with general information and tips relating to home ownership. All reports include a deficiency summary page complete with priorities, budget figures and a safety review of the property for your family.

A private verbal consultation is available at the end of the inspection to discuss any areas of concern that may not have been appropriate to discuss with others present.


Scheduling Your Inspection Inspections are normally scheduled during daylight hours Monday through Saturdays. Sundays are scheduled on a very limited basis. Please allow approximately 3 hours for your inspection. A little longer if the home is older, has a lot of deferred maintenance or this is your first house. We do not overbook our inspectors (2 inspections per day, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon) so the inspector can be comfortable staying with you until all of your questions are answered. You will also receive your inspector's cell phone number so you can contact him/her with any questions that may arise after the inspection.

Your inspector is going to stay with you until all of his/her questions and yours are satisfactorily answered.


The Certified Difference The decision to purchase a home can be one of the most stressful and complex transactions you may experience. Certified Property Inspections, Inc provides accurate information reported in a responsible, easy to understand and objective manner to assist you with your decision making process. You will notice what we call the "Certified" difference with our easily recognized expertise, courtesy and private verbal consultation available at the end of your inspection.


First Time Home Buyers First time home buyers appreciate our patience and plain language concerning areas & systems of the home they are not familiar with. Your inspector will also demonstrate how to operate and maintain key equipment to enhance its operation and extend its useful life. Items will be identified that you may want to address prior to moving in as well as items you may need to address in the first few years of ownership. Your inspector will explain these potential problems in a way that first time home buyers especially appreciate. Your inspector knows how to put every issue into its proper perspective (given the age and style of home, etc) and provide budget figures to resolve them or replace them. Finally many of the positive aspects of the property will be pointed out hopefully confirming your decision to make an offer on the property was the correct one.


Thoroughness & Reliability - Exceeding ASHI, NAHI, NACHI & State Standards:

  • Evaluation of seller's disclosure form
  • Building, basement and/or foundation conditions
  • Electrical, plumbing, hot water heater, heating and air conditioning
  • the quality, condition and life expectancy of major components/systems
  • The general interior including ceilings, walls, floors, windows, insulation and ventilation
  • The general exterior including roof, gutter, chimneys, drainage, grading, grounds and garage.

We Provide the Objectivity That You Need to Answer Critical Questions:

  • How serious are the items listing on the seller's disclosure form?
  • What is the condition of the major structural components and systems of the building?
  • What is the condition and age/useful life of the heating, plumbing and electrical systems?
  • What is the condition of the roof and it's components?
  • What is the condition and age of the major appliances?
  • What is the condition of the building exterior, ground and drainage?
  • Are there any repairs that need to be address before you can move in and what will they cost?
  • What are the major repairs that can be expected in the near future and what are they likely to cost?
  • What will need to be done to maintain and extend the useful life of the building's key mechanical and structural components?

Convenience, Response, Speed & Value Your inspection will be scheduled for your convenience so that you can be present during the inspection. We offer fast response for those with pressing deadlines along with 24/7 access to your inspector after your inspection. Typical inspections for most homes require approximately three hours. Most importantly, your inspector will not leave until you have a complete understanding of the property you are considering for you next home. Remember our thoroughness doesn't cost more, it just makes more sense for you.

We provide exceptional value in the quality of information and the objectivity we bring to the home buyers who rely on us.

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
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Checklist to Assist in Home Selection
Freddie Mac House Hunting Worksheet

House Wants v. Needs Worksheet
Neighborhood Wants v. Needs Worksheet
Final Walk Through Checklist

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Service Area Cities Include
Arlington Heights |  Aurora |  Bolingbrook
Carpentersville | Chicago |
  Darien |    Downers Grove
Elgin |  Evanston | Glenview | Joliet |  Naperville
Plainfield |  Rockford | Schaumburg
St Charles |  Westmont | Woodridge

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