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4 Key Elements to Inspect Before You Buy a Home to Flip

If you’re looking to purchase a home to flip, that is to fix it up and sell for a profit, you’ll want to be sure you’re not buying something more damaged than you can handle. Flipped homes look bright and shiny new but to do a flip right you have to be 100% certain what … Continued

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Should I Get an Infrared Inspection on a Short Sale or Bank-owned Home?

In the recent housing market crash, many homeowners found themselves in the situation of losing their homes. The end result is that there are still many homes that are in short sale or bank-owned status. A short sale means that the seller is trying to sell their home for less than they oow. They request … Continued

What Infrared Teaches Homeowners

What an Infrared Home Inspection Teaches Homeowners

A home inspection, while a critical element of any home purchase, is also used by homeowners who want to satisfy a nagging question about the condition of their home, are about to start a renovation project, or want to get their home in top condition prior to selling. Most home buyers make their purchase offer … Continued

Thermal image water leak

Top 3 Basement Problems Revealed with Thermal Imaging

When it comes to your basement, most homeowners and homebuyers are concerned about moisture, mold and leaks, but that’s not all the issues you’ll find in the typical home basement. Basements are the ideal locations for a number of issues that can affect your home’s condition and value. Over the course of my experience as … Continued

Negotiating After Your Infrared Home Inspection

One of the most important reasons for having a home inspection of any kind is to discover the true condition of the home through a trained third-party. An independent home inspector gives the buyer the information they need to evaluate potential defects and deferred maintenance on the home they are purchasing before the sale is … 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

Infrared home inspector toolkit

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