Bank-owned home open house sign (photo credit Nick Bastien via flickr)

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

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

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

Mold damage (image credit flickr: Remy Sharp

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

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

Home Buyers and Sellers Closing 2014 on a High Note

The housing market, according to RealtorMag, is looking good and home buyers and sellers may well close 2014 on a high note. Some of the factors that are making people feel more positive include the following: Record low mortgage rates Economic growth that generated 2.5 million new jobs Record high stock market Low inflation rates … Continued