Home Inspections by Dana serving Springfield

35 Twilight Lane
Springfield, IL 62712


Frequently Asked Questions


Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.

If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planing to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having an inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.

Can I Do It Myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home.

Can A Home Inspection Fail?

NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.

Do I Have To Be There?

Believe it or not, most home buyers in this area do not attend the entire inspection. It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended to be present for the inspection recap. You should feel free to ask the inspector any questions you may have during the inspection recap. The inspector will point out problems and explain them to you. The inspector will also show you the good points of the house as well. Plus, the inspection report will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep the house in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the inspection and gain the most understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain it.

Who Hires The Inspector?

In most cases the client is the homebuyer. In other case, the client is the seller. The client usually retains the inspector. The Inspector works for you, the client. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your written consent.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of a General Home Inspection varies greatly with age, square footage, amenities and location. Depending on these conditions, a typical inspection fee can range from $350.00 to $500.00. The purchase of a property will likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lives, it doesn't make sense to shop for the least expensive inspector you can find. What is the saying, "Pennywise and Pound Foolish". That is most certainly true, in todays world, you get what you pay for. Don't be fooled by individuals whose training consists of viewing a video tape for 2 hours and then claim to be a "Home Inspector" Do your homework and check for certifications, client testimonials, licensing, and longevity in the home inspection profession before hiring an inspector. No Home Inspection can guarantee their won't be problems, even new homes are not perfect on the day their new owners move in.

A Professional Home Inspector can point out potential and existing problems that would need near future or immediate attention and save you costly repairs you never contemplated when buying the "Dream Home" you wanted.