Home Inspection in Chicago using a Thermal Imager


Niles, Illinois home inspection explains why all home inspections need to be done with a thermal imager.  A thermal imager??  This is a camera that uses a different level of vision to see the contents of a building or any other item.  The level of vision is called infrared or sub red.  Basically, the infrared thermal imager uses different temperatures to see issues in a home.  These cameras have only been used in home inspections for the last 5 years or so.  The thermal imager seems to be becoming more popular with home inspectors but recently has seen a down turn do to the recession and the cost to purchase a quality camera.  Generally, a good beginner camera costs about $3900.00.

We use these cameras on every home inspection to see things that can not be seen with your naked eye.  The Niles home inspection had the thermal imager used and found that there were areas of the duct work that were not insulated.  Not a huge problem but none the less should be documented for my client.  We use these cameras to look for water issues on roofs, window flashing’s, siding issues, water piping leaks, waste pipe leaks, toilet seal leaks, missing insulation in walls or attics, door air leaks, air window leaks, electrical panels and so much more.  Most cameras will capture the image and can be embedded on your report depending on what type of reporting system your inspector uses.

The next question is the cost of a thermal home inspection?  The Niles home inspection was $425.00.  The home was a 3 bedroom /2.5 bathrooms and a detached 2 car garage.  Here in the Chicago area that is roughly what a regular inspection costs from a company that doesn’t use a thermal imager.  We use this imager and do not charge an additional fee for thermal imagers because we want to give all of our clients a great inspection.  I believe it is impossible to give a great inspection without a thermal imager.  Some inspection companies will add an extra $100.00 – $250.00 for the use of their camera.  My advise is that even if you have to pay more it is worth it to know what you really have in your home.  That is why my clients from the Niles home inspection sought out my company to represent them on their home purchase.  You can see our video on a thermal home inspection at ~ www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com .

If you have questions about Thermal imager home inspections contact us at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/testimonials.html.

Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke

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