Are We Weird for Wanting an Infrared Home Inspection?

If we’re weird for wanting homeowners and homebuyers to have a greater level of trust that their home is safe, comfortable, and well constructed, well then OK we’re weird. We’ve been in the business of home inspection for a long time, and we’ve seen the business grow in reputation but it irks us when we … Continued

Best Time for an Infrared Home Inspection in the Summer

An infrared camera uses radiographic infrared to detect very small differences in the temperature of surfaces. The images an infrared camera captures are so detailed that you cans see small variations in temperature on the surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings, and more. Those temperature differences indicate hidden characteristics of a home, such as the presence … Continued

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Let’s Hear it for Spring! 5 Tips for Exterior Home Maintenance

After a long cold winter, we all look forward to the bright sunshine and warm wind of spring. The magazines and websites focus on how to spring clean the interior of your home: clean out closets, wash windows, dust ceiling fans … you know the drill. I thought it was about time to talk about … Continued

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Can Infrared Find Mold In Your Home?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of mold and how mold can cause serious health problems, including allergic reactions, high toxins in the body, and more. As a result, all kinds of consultants and experts claim to be able to find mold, but that’s not the issue. Mold is caused by moisture and one of … Continued

Foreclosure fever

Buying into Foreclosure Fever? Get an Infrared Home Inspection

A home inspector doesn’t perform an inspection differently when going into a foreclosed home, but there are a number of issues that are unique to foreclosed homes making it even more important to get an infrared home inspection. With the number of defaulted homes today, many first-time buyers are buying into foreclosure fever and getting … Continued

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What’s in an Infrared Home Inspector’s Toolkit?

Whether you’re someone who wants to buy a home to live in or a real estate investor, it’s more than likely you have walked through plenty of properties. You may have seen so many homes, you don’t even remember what they look like. When you find one you want to buy, that essential last step … Continued

Getting the Most Value Out of Your Home Inspection

Illinois law requires that professional and licensed home inspectors successfully complete 60 hours of pre-license education and pass the Illinois Home Inspector License Exam. The law does not require a home inspection be performed when a house changes hands, but many financial institutions require the step before the buyer can obtain financing. As you might … Continued

3 Misconceptions about Infrared Home Inspections

Getting a qualified home inspector to discover underlying issues in a home you are about to sell or buy is an important part of the home purchase process. A qualified infrared home inspector comes with a great deal more training than a non-infrared home inspector, but both have a strong background in the building and … Continued

Top 5 Home Winterizing Tips

No doubt about it, winter is upon us and the freezing temperatures, frigid wind, ice and snow common to our region make it a challenge to keep warm. Winterizing your home in Elgin, St. Charles, Schaumburg and the Northwest Suburbs isn’t just about staying warm, however. It’s also about ensuring the safety of your home. … Continued