What is a Home Inspections?

As a licensed home inspector, we are trained to find property defects. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. Communication is a key component to a thorough inspection. We focus on the following:

 

  • We ask that our client's be present at the inspection. Verbal and visual Q&A lends to detailed reporting.
  • Addressing primary client concerns with the property.
  • Defects are always brought to the attention of the client. Certain defects may seem awkward if the client is not present.
  • We make ourselves available if there are any questions after the inspection.
  • We follow the guidelines of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice (the rules which govern the inspection).

 

Everyone knows or heard of a bad inspection experience that resulted in costing thousands in repairs post closing because something was missed in the report or was not documented correctly. At Ironclad we have years of experience in real estate and construction to help find various issues that some inspectors may overlook. To aide a home inspection, we also utilize newer technologies at NO EXTRA COST to you.

 

We build you a fully comprehensive interactive online report detailing all the systems (the various aspects of a home) of your perspective property with detailed pictures highlighting defects with full descriptions.

 

Advanced inspection tools

At NO additional cost to our clients!

Latest Software

Latest software ran across multiple platforms - tablet, PC and cloud  giving the client an interactive report with descriptions and pictures.

Infrared Imaging

Infrared imaging to detect temperature changes throughout the home - hot and cold leaks. (Seeing behind the wall - sort of)

Exterior Drone Images

Utilizing drones to capture more difficult images of the roof, siding and windows.

Inspection Services Offered

 

  • New home inspection - Fully comprehensive inspection (see steps below)
  • Commercial inspections - We currectly handle smaller commercial outlets: retail, warehouse, office ... that is no larger than 15,000 sq ft
  • Multi-unit inspections - We currently handle 4-12 unit buildings
  • Post closing inspection - Secondary inspection to check for corrections made by the owner to satisfy the buyer pre-closing
  • Foreclosure inspection - Inspecting a REO (bank owned) for defects. There is a different set of standards between privately owned homes and REO homes.
  • Asbestos inspection - Detection of various forms of asbestos that can be found throughout older homes.
  • Lead inspection - Detect lead based paint throughout older homes
  • Moisture and Leak inspection - Detections of moisture or water intrusion via roof leaks, ice damming, improper venting, basement cracks, appliances ...
  • Radon inspection -  A fully comprehensive report stating Radon levels.

 Systems to inspect

What does a home inspection include?


A fully detailed report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

 

Some of the main points are listed below

Roof

  • Roof material condition
  • Drainage system
  • Roof ventation
  • Attic space, construction and leaks
  • Roof penatrations (plumbing and exhaust)
  • Insulation
  • Abnormal defects
  • Excess foliage
  • Chimney condition

Structure

  • Ceiling deformaties (sagging or signs of leaks)
  • Interior and Exterior - out of plumb or defects
  • Floors - unlevel, loose, tripping hazards, defects
  • Exterior cladding and trim issues

Plumbing

  • Verify correct materials used and craftsmenship
  • Proper flow and drainage
  • Proper venting
  • Verify proper pipe sizing
  • Leaks or lose fixtures
  • Proper operation of water heaters
  • Location of utility shut off

Electrical

  • Verify correct materials used and craftsmenship
  • Check for operating outlets and GFCI's
  • Check for defects in electrical panel(s)
  • Note dangerous live wires or improper wiring methods
  • Check service entrance
  • Check for grounding

Foundation

  • Assess the foundation for cracks or settling defects
  • Check for signs of water intrusion
  • Check all crawl spaces for defects pertain to the structure.
  • Checking for proper ventalation
  • Check exterior grading/soil for negative effects against the foundation
  • Check for points of egress

HVAC

  • Check heating and cooling system for proper temperature changes.
  • Check furance for proper heating operation and signs of ware.
  • Check cooling system for proper operation and signs of ware.
  • Checking the entire home for adequate HVAC air flow
  • Checking HVAC for proper drainage and exhaust discharge
  • Check for materials used and craftsmenship.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock. Based on sufficient evidence that radon can cause lung cancer, IARC classifies them as “carcinogenic to humans". This should not be taken lightly and radon testing should be administered when applicable.

  • Check the basement for any reading of Radon.
  • Produce a report with results and layout of the foundation.

All licensed home inspector are bound by the same standards of practice. At Ironclad we go beyond those minimum standards. We use extensive education, technology and great communication to gain a thorough accessment of a home. The end result should grant you a better night sleep knowing you'll receive a Ironclad inspection.

 

 

 

License #450.011632

847-305-5535

4957 Oakton st

Suite 291

Skokie, IL 60077

mark@ironclad-inspect.com

 

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