Realtor Resources & Homeowner FAQ’s

Castle Home Inspection’s goal is to provide you with all the information you need when scheduling your home or property inspection.

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Realtors Need A Home Inspector They Can Trust

Why would you ever choose another inspector?

Realtors need an inspection they can trust. At Castle Home Inspection we are a little bit different than your average home inspector. Our whole philosophy is centered around serving not only the buyer, but also you as the agent. We recognize that it’s your client and that they are on loan to us for 3 hours during the inspection. Our goal is to return your client in the same or better condition than we started.

Charge Neutral Approach

All of our inspectors are trained in the charge neutral approach, which means we don’t scare people. We don’t make mountains out of mole hills and we do not gloss over important stuff. We also call it the Goldilocks approach… Not too hot, not too cold, but Juuuust Right.

Why would anyone choose anything else?

Why would you ever utilize an inspection company that doesn’t guarantee their work with warranties backed by a third party to ensure your client has a great experience and takes the liability off you the agent.

Give us 5% of your confidence, and we’ll earn the other 95%

This is what we offer, this is what we guarantee

FAQ’s by Homeowners For Realtors

Home Inspection Answers for your Frequently Asked Questions

An objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation.
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as your can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition.

A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

Castle Home Inspection is a fully licensed and fully insured home inspection company. Our professionals have inspected hundreds of homes in the Chicago area. We are affiliated with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the Kaplan Home Inspection School.

ASHI Certified Inspectors

Our trained professionals inspect the property and immediately provide you with a detailed, easy-to-understand report that covers over 200 items including:

  • heating system
  • cooling system
  • electrical system
  • hot water heater
  • interior plumbing
  • roofing
  • gutters and downspouts
  • siding
  • doors and windows
  • chimney
  • foundation
  • patios / decks / porches
  • walks and driveway
  • sump pumps
  • attic
  • insulation
  • ventilation
  • grading
  • kitchen
  • appliances
  • walls and ceilings
  • floors
  • fireplace
  • garage
  • water penetration
  • basement
  • just to name a few….
No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection.

By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection. The finished report will be emailed to you, and put on a password protected web location with pictures.

Most Inspections take about three to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished.

As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be very skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other.

Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector’s instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

All information about an inspection is completely confidential between client and inspector. The inspector will not give out any information except to the client.

No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.