All home inspections in Illinois are required to be administered by a licensed home inspector, to the standards of the Illinois Home Inspector Act. Any corporate body contracted to do home inspections is also required to have a license. Ask your inspector to show you his licenses. The State of Illinois requires that the client be provided with a written report within 48 hours. Expect any inspection to take at least 2 to 3 hours, even if it is a smaller condo unit. Contrary to popular belief these small unit inspections take almost as long as a single family home if you have a thorough and dedicated inspector. Even defects in common areas that fall under the responsibility of a condo or co-op association will become issues to the client when they are assessed for repair or replacement. The inspection is for visible defects, so scheduling during daylight hours is essential. Building exteriors cannot be examined in the dark. Generally, it takes just as long to prepare my report as it takes to do the inspection. Some inspectors deliver their report at the end of inspection. Don't expect this from me. I want time to think about what I'm committing to paper. These reports are kept on file for 5 years and I don't care to skimp on my preparation time. Expect to sign a contract agreeing to the inspection and detailing what will and will not be covered. Expect a reasonable amount of time to peruse this document before agreeing to it. You will find my contract on the contact page of this website. Feel free to read it at your leisure and ask for any clarification by phone. It may be longer than some of my competitors because it lists everything instead of referring you to a web page or some other site. Clients are welcome and encouraged to accompany the inspector during the course of the inspection.
As owner and sole operator of Mark Kollath Home inspections, Inc., I personally perform all inspections, and am available for consulting and questions at any time to address your concerns. As an InterNACHI certified inspector, I inspect to InterNACHI's standards of practice and use high tech tools such as an infrared laser thermometer, Flir infrared cameras, and a Tramex Moisture Encounter non-invasive moisture meter, a fibre-optic snake camera, and a Truetest circuit tester for arc fault circuit breakers. I deliver a computer generated report, usually within 24 hours.
Thank you for trusting me with your property. Contact me now to schedule your inspection.
Mark Kollath Home Inspection, Inc. Your Friend In The Inspection Business Since 2006 Ph. (773) 491-5521.