The home inspection portion of a home can be one of the most important portions of as home purchase. Finding the right home should not be discounted in any form or fashion. What a professional realtor does in their portion of a home purchase has real value and should not be discounted. Unfortunately during the winter months of the Midwest some area of a home inspection may not be performed properly due to the weather. Recently during a home inspection in La Grange Illinois we had to explain to out buyers that there are areas that may not be inspected properly. We explain this to our clients through our email verification when booking the home inspection that certain areas of the home inspection will not be inspected fully due to weather issues (snow coverage). These are some of the areas that may require further verification prior to closing to assure no hidden issues are uncovered after the closing of the home.
- ROOFS ~ Roofs of homes in the Chicago winters can be hard if not impossible to view and deliver a proper verification of the condition of all aspects of a roof system that may require an additional visit from your home inspector or a roofing contractor to assure that there are no hidden issues that may have a real cost to them. Luckily for the La Grange home inspection clients we were able to walk the roof and broom areas of the snow away to assure that hidden issues were not under the snow. Ask your inspector prior to your home inspection what their policy is for roof inspections so you know what to expect from his or her home inspection report.
- AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEMS ~ Air conditioner systems cannot be tested less than 60 degrees to assure that the compressors or any other portion of the air conditioner system does not become damaged due to working this system in cold temperatures. As a home buyer you should expect this system not to be tested due to the frigid cold temperatures of the Chicago winters. We recommend the air conditioner systems are certified from a HVAC contractor prior to closing or funding put in escrow until the unit is tested in the spring to assure proper working order. The clients from the La Grange home inspection expected the unit would not be tested but were pleased that we found the system was only 2 years old which limits the potential for replacement of such a new air conditioner system.
- GRADING, SLOPING, SIDEWALKS AND DRIVEWAYS ~ The grade and slope of the homes dirt around the home can be hard to document to assure that the grade of the home is not back pitched potentially causing harm to the foundation of the home. Here at Pinnacle Property Inspection Services we shovel the snow around the foundation to see if the grade and slope is correct and to see if any cracks in the foundation can be found. Driveways and sidewalks are attempted to be shoveled to deliver a full picture of the home’s condition. This is not required by the Illinois Standards of Practice for home inspector but can really help the home buyer to get a full picture of what the home really has to offer. Our clients from the La Grange home inspection really appreciated the fact that we were so diligent. Asking your home inspector if he or she will bring shovels to inspect the grade if a good qualification question when hiring a home inspector.
As you can see these areas are very important areas in your home inspection process that may deliver potentially expensive repair costs. The La Grange home inspection clients were prepared of what to expect during a home inspection in the winter months because they asked many questions prior to booking their home inspection. You too should be diligent to assure you get the proper home inspection you pay for.
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In La Grange, Illinois there are a lot of older homes with vintage styling. These homes have endured the test of time with their style and construction durability. We have seen Frank Lloyd Wright inspiration while conducting a home inspection in La Grange.
The most noteworthy Frank Lloyd Wright Home in La Grange is the home at 221 S. La Grange Rd. That was attributed to E. Hill Turncock, even by Wright Himself. Further investigation found that this indeed was a Wright design by plans found in 1960 in Taliesin.
A recent home inspection in La Grange, Illinois found similarities to the design near La Grange Road on Blackstone Ave. This home was built with the same attributes of a Wright design. The structure of the home was found to be not compromised by 100 years of time.
Another home inspection in La Grange uncovered a similar story to the one on Blackstone Ave. This home is on Stone Ave. in La Grange. These homes tend to have minimal issues when we inspect them. This is just another reason why home buyers seek out these style homes – their everlasting quality of construction and ageless charm.
There are many other styles of architecture to be seen in La Grange, Illinois. We see this in the multi-unit condo buildings also. La Grange strives to stay with the times without forgetting the past in their planning for housing developments. We see this time and time again on our home inspections in La Grange.
Please contact us if we can assist you in your home purchase in La Grange, Illinois. We inspect many of the vintage homes and condos in the area.
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