Bourdage Property Inspections has been doing business throughout the Chicago and suburban area as AmeriSpec since 1989. We offer inspections on residential, commercial, multi-use, historic and investment type properties and are resposible for over 30,000 inspections.Our experience is a gaurnteed benifit for you.
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet your inspector until the inspection. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and yes, different pricing. One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work, a lot of work at the inspection site and in preparing your report. So ultimately, a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. If you allow us to inspect your new home, our guarantee is that we will give you our very best effort with continued follow-ups after the inspection as needed. As a buyer you have to remember that you are only given one opportunity to have your inspection and the accuracy and thoroughness of the inspection and report will benefit you.
Buying a home, the process can be stressful. A property inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. At the inspection you will have to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This includes a written report,photographs, environmental reports and everything the inspector says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor deficiencies. These are nice to know but the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural problem.
2. Things that lead to major defects. A roof-flashing leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
4. Safety hazards, such as exposed wiring, a gas leak or missing fire walls.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance or conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure.