What does a home inspection provide?

Home inspections are intended to provide a client with objective information regarding all visually observable conditions of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection. Inspections performed in accordance with ASHI standards are:

  • NOT technically exhaustive. This means the home inspector will NOT use investigation methods that involve dismantling or the extensive use of advanced techniques, measurements, instruments testing, calculations, or other means.
  • Are NOT required to identify concealed conditions, latent defects, or consequential damages.

What standards is a home inspection based on?

The home inspection is performed according to the Illinois Administrative Code and the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Is the client required to sign a contract prior to the home inspection?

According to the Illinois Administrative Code, home inspectors and home inspector entities shall enter into a written agreement with the client or duly authorized representative PRIOR to the home inspection.

When does the client receive the inspection report?

The home inspector will submit a written report to the client or duly authorized representative within two business days (Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays).

When must the client pay for the inspection?


The payment is due upon completion of the onsite inspection and due before the inspection report is delivered to the client.

Does the home inspector provide any type of warranty?

Under the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the ASHI Chapter 13.2.B4 inspectors are NOT required to offer warranties or guarantees of any kind.

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