Frequently Asked Questions
- Are you a licensed home inspector?
I have worked in the skilled trades for many years, including having been HVAC certified. I am now doing home inspections, largely as a result of being dissatisfied with the poor home inspection I received. I want my clients to have a better experience than I did.
Yes. I carry both E&O insurance and General Liability.
- When are you available to inspect a home?
I try to remain as available as possible so you can get your information quickly. Please keep in mind I must start the home inspection before it gets dark so I can effectively assess the condition of the home's exterior. You or your agent can call 217-294-1872 to schedule an appointment.
- What can I expect from this process?
I set aside 3-5 hours per home inspection, take comprehensive photos, and invite you and/or your agent to attend the later part of the inspection so I can show you findings in person, as well as point out key information for the home (location of main shut off valves, etc.). A Walsh Home Inspection report features a convenient one-page summary as well as a full report with notes and photographs, and is available online for your viewing/printing/forwarding. With your permission, I will also allow your Agent to also view and print the report.
- Will you tell me whether or not I should purchase the home?
I assume that you would not be paying for a home inspection if you were not serious about buying it, but ultimately, only you can make that decision. I will inform you of all my findings regarding the condition of the home. Remember, houses are like people--even the good ones have issues! :) I have never seen a problem-free home--BUT, once you know what the issues are, you decide if they are issues that you can handle. Most of the time, seeing "repair/replace" even on a simple issue sends fear into the heart of a buyer (or seller) unnecessarily. Sometimes a repair is as simple as caulking, or sometimes it is more complex and would need to be investigated further by a professional specific to the area of concern (such as an engineer or electrician).
- What will you be able to tell me about the home?
I perform an inspection looking specifically at least 68 different types of items in the areas of Roofing, Exterior, Garage, Interior, Structural Components, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/Air Conditioning, Insulation/Ventilation and Built-in Kitchen Appliances. If accessible without moving seller's possessions or threat to my person, I will walk roofs, go in attics and explore crawl spaces. These "difficult" places are the places that most often tell me the most about a house, so whenever possible, I spend a great deal of time there.
An inspector can only perform what is known as a "point-in-time" inspection--there is no way of knowing what may happen 3 months down the road if there are no signs visible or present. But if there is something I *can* see, I will document it, explain it, and provide it for you in your report.
This is my fee schedule.
Heated sf 0-999
Heated sf 1000-1999
Heated sf 2000-2999
Heated sf 3000-3999
Heated sf 4000-4999
Heated sf 5000-5999
Over 50 years old
Extra building (0-1000sf)
Extra building (over 1000sf)
- How do you set your prices?
A home inspection of a 2500sf home priced at $150,000 represents approximately 2 TENTHS of ONE percent (.2%) of the cost of the home. A home inspection is easily the least expensive and most vital aspects to the buying (or selling) of any home. Proper training, licensing, insurance, travel costs, equipment, taxes and other costs of doing business necessitate charging a fair and professional fee.
- What are your payment terms?
Cash or check is due at the time of the inspection. There will be a $35 service fee for checks returned for insufficient funds.
- Any advice for first-time homebuyers?
First of all, congratulations on becoming a homeowner! There are so many things that you're probably learning about for the first time, and it's all probably pretty stressful for you. I love helping new homeowners understand their property better. I almost didn't buy my first home back in the 90s because I was disturbed by some of the findings of the home inspection. Evidence of a past roof leak! A foundation with some problems! My inspector explained everything calmly and asked me not to worry too much! I was still nervous, but as it turned out I bought a great house that just had a couple issues and they were issues I could deal with.
With my second home, I didn't feel nervous at all because almost nothing was pointed to me at the inspection. As it turned out, I ended up with a lot of work to do (and added expense I hadn't bargained for). It's better to know TOO MUCH than not enough. Having all the information builds confidence!