SAFETY FIRST! Be Smart and get a home inspection before you buy.
I’m a family man that understands safety and functionality. When buying a home, whether it’s for a lifetime or a quick flip, in today’s market you need to know what you’re buying. I have over 20 years of experience in building and remodeling homes, I understand structure, foundations, HVAC, electrical, roofing, and plumbing. These systems are the critical skeleton of a home. Home buyers need to know what systems are functioning and working to standards. This is why I became a residential home inspector and radon technician.
Below is a list of examples of why you should invest in a home inspection and radon test.
- Recently, I was in a home where almost all major systems were brand new or close to it. To a first time homeowner, one may see “what a beautiful home.” What was missed were the horizontal cracks in the foundation that was causing the home to begin failing. To the untrained professional, it’s easy to see new dry wall, HVAC, paint and other cosmetic upgrades; however, when evaluating a home I ask myself the question, would I want my family to live here?
- During a recent foreclosure inspection, I observed a home on a beam and post foundation, stress cracks in the walls and the floors were uneven. I ultimately recommended to the potential home buyer to have a structural engineer evaluate the home.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover! Radon is a tasteless and odorless gas that is emitted from uranium in the earth’s soil and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. While driving to a radon inspection, I pulled into the subdivision and immediately noticed the newer homes, large lots, a family park, pools and all around safe neighborhood. What the homeowner didn’t know was the house measured over 4 (pci/l) picocuries per liter of radon in the home. This means the brand new beautiful home needed radon mitigation. Radon can be missed by an experienced homeowner.
Many friends and family have asked me, “should I just buy a home radon coal test”? As a person of integrity and business owner, I have replied “sure with the caveat of the knowing the difference of an at home radon test versus a professional technician.” I am trained pursuant to the American Lung Cancer standards, use advanced electric ion chamber and modern technology to give fast results versus having test results within 30- 60 days and possibly needing to take the test more than once to ensure it is not a false positive.
Looking at all the phases of a residential home is critical. With the Illinois Emergency Management Association tuned into the dangers of radon, and the area we live, radon is a real danger. It is only a matter of time where other states follow suite and mandate radon testing.
The heath and skeleton of a house is important. Your home, is where your family spends most of their time, whether its your place of business, movie nights, play dates, birthday parties, your place of solace, or where you decide to raise your little ones, wouldn’t it be prudent for you to test your home.
Call me at 847-471-7313 for your home inspection or radon test today!