As you know, the home sales have been meager in the last few years.  Many of the part time home inspectors have disappeared from the industry. Those that have stayed are well behind the times with their technology, marketing, reporting and knowledge of construction.  There are home inspectors that I know for a fact that have never wore a pair of work boots and/or stepped on a construction job site!  It’s like hiring a baker that has never baked in his life, but read the book!  Do you see where I’m going with this?  The state of Illinois says you must be licensed to be a home inspector.  Home inspection companies do not have to carry errors and omission insurance or carry liability insurance.  No rules for that?  There are no rules that you must have prior construction history.  No I do not mean reading a book or painting a fence, working on cars, cleaning your house, or a weekend warrior job.  These things do not make you credible as a home inspector in my mind!  So I developed this list to protect the possible home and condo buyers from the people who call themselves home inspectors, but do not have the so called credibility for the title.

  • What kind of construction have you done in your life time and for how many years?
  • What is the company that supplies your errors and omission insurance?
  • Do you have general liability insurance and where is it from, so you can check to see if it is current?
  • What kind of tools do you use when you do a home inspection?
  • Do you use a Thermal imager?
  • How is your report delivered?

As most of you know, I am from Wilmette Illinois and have been a pillar in the building community for many years.  I started doing home inspections in Wilmette for friends that wanted a builder to assist them before there was licensing in the business.  Recently, I performed a Wilmette home inspection and I heard that a home inspector flooded out a home in Wilmette and the buyers and realtor were going to be liable for the damages because the home inspector was not insured.  Better yet not even licensed!  This angers me to no end that these types of home inspectors are still in business.

If you are a buyer or seller of a home and have questions on what to ask your possible home inspector then please contact me at ~ The Thermal Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke


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