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

You find a home that you want to buy.  You write a contract that is accepted by both parties.  The next part of your home purchase should be very important, the choice of home inspection company or home inspector. In Illinois there are more than 11,000 licensed home inspectors to choose from.  There are over 800 home inspection companies in business.  Are they all the same???  I guess it all depends on who you ask. There is only one thing that all 11,000 inspectors have in common.  They all are supposed to be licensed by the state of Illinois.

Some inspectors belong to ASHI, NAHI, InterNACHI or multiple associations.  The premise behind all of these associations is to be diligent on how you serve your client.

Recently on a home inspection in Chicago, I was hired by a client through our website.  The client wanted the use of our Fluke thermal imager for energy consumption issues along with all the other uses the Fluke thermal imager can be used for.

I had the client sign the contract and email me the contract so I could start early.  I just got off of the 28′ roof of the home inspection in Chicago when my clients realtor introduced herself.  The first thing she said to me was ” You went on that roof?”.  I said yes.    She replied” all the inspectors I use do not go on the high roofs”.   I was like “really”.  My question is “how can you tell what the roofs condition is in without going on the roof. They use binoculars”.  Hiring an inspector?  Make sure they go on roofs.

My client was a little late to the scheduled time for the home inspection in Chicago.  I started the inspection on the inside of the home, when the realtor wanted to know if I would be done in an hour???  I said “no”.  She said her home inspector would easily be done in an hour.  She named this company, but for legal reasons I’m leaving the company’s name out.

I climbed into the attic of the  Chicago home inspection were I found  a  lack of insulation at a cost of $1200.00.  I was telling my client who showed up the cost of adding insulation to increase the R value of the homes ceiling.  The realtor said it was not by business to inform my client of the repair costs??

The realtor at the Chicago home inspection  seemed to be more worried about her $13000.00 commission than the integrity of the home for her client.  The home in Chicago’s Edison Park had minimum issues, but this realtor just wanted me to say there were no issues.

This was the worst example of self serving type of behavior I have seen in a real estate professional ever!  What really scared me is that she is in business and is using a home inspection company that seems to be in cahoots in “pushing deals through” without taking the clients best interest first.  Be very careful when you hire your home inspection professional,as well as realtor.

If you need help on what questions you need to ask your home inspector before you hire him contact us at~ www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com

please leave a comment if this was helpful in your home inspection search. Thanks~ Jim Kolke