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FAQ's about home inspections 
Q:  What is a home inspection?
A:  A home inspection is visual examination of the condition subject property, covering everything from the shingles on the roof to the basement floor.  It is not technically exhaustive.  No systems are taken apart or parts removed for better viewing.
Q:  Do I need a home Inspection?
A:   If you like surprises, then you do not need a home inspector.  An inspection gives you information on the condition of the property,  pointing out items that may need repair, maintenance, or saftey concerns.  The results of an inspection make you a more informed and  comfortable in your decision making process.
 


Q:  How long will the inspection take?
A:  The time it takes to due an inspection depends on the property being inspected.  A two bedroom  2 bath condo may take 2 1/2hours while a two story 4 bedroom, 3 bath house with, with basement, including two air conditioners and two furnaces, will require  four hours or more.

Q: What will a home inspection cost?
A: The cost of a home inspection depends on the difficulty and amount of time required for the inspection.  Additional charges for  selected tests, such as  lead, mold, radon,  water testing, can be expected.  Excessive travel times may also add a cost to the inspection
Q:  Do I need to attend the inspection?
A:  No you do not need to attend the inspection, but it is highly advisable.  If you are relocating into town and can not attend thats O.K.   The inspection can be done and the results emailed to you.  However if there is any chance you can attend, do so.  Attending the inspection allows you to investigate the house more fully and allows you and the inspector to interact.  The inspector can point out strengths and weaknesses of the house and you can point to items with which you have concern.

Q:  Why is radon important?
A:  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  It  is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, class A carcinogen, gas.  Radon gas is the result of the radioactive break down of uranium in the soil.  Radon gas leaks into the home from cracks in the basement floor and at the edge of the basement floor and foundation wall,  and from crawl spaces the house.  The presence of radon can only be determined through testing.  Central Lake County homes test positive for dangerous levels of radon slightly less than 25% of the time.  While homes at the edges of the county test at a rate of 25% to 50% for dangerous levels of radon.  McHenry County test reveal dangerous level of radon in 25% or greater in most of the county .  Radon may also be in your water supply but its risk of causing stomach cancer is significantly lower than lung cancer associated with air bourn varity.   For more information try the following web sites:  http://www.radon.illinois.gov/MeasurementMaps/Lake.pdf ; http://iema.illinois.gov/iema/radon/pdf/abcofradon.pdf