In simplest terms, a professional home inspection performed by a Great Lakes Chapter (GLC) inspector is a general visual inspection of a house. A better explanation is presented below.
The profession of home inspection is best understood using the following analogy. Many times when our bodies get sick, our initial step toward seeking help is to make an appointment to see a general medical practitioner. This professionally trained doctor knows a little bit of information about our entire body. They are trained to recognize trouble spots as they examine our body, point out areas of concern, and share helpful information based upon their level of expertise. When problems are observed that exceed their level of training, they refer us on to specialists – those that possess a great amount of knowledge in a specific discipline.
The home inspection process is very similar to the scenario you just read. Great Lakes Chapter home inspectors are very knowledgeable in the many separate ‘pieces of the puzzle’ that fit together to make a house. Inspectors observe the house from the roof to the foundation, and many places in between. When trouble signs are recognized, a GLC inspector will share information they possess about the trouble spot. Some items simply indicate the need for normal or routine type repairs, while others signal the need for additional insight that only a specialist can provide. While GLC inspectors invest over 20 hours per year to further their education, or knowledge base, there are certain times where only the informed opinion of a specialist will suffice.
Why not skip the home inspection and just bring in a plumber, carpenter, roofer, heating & A/C technician, electrician, and maybe even a structural engineer to look at your house? That is a potential option, but not a realistic option. Keep in mind the investment you make with a home inspector vs. the cost of bringing in specialists from each field. The fees for a home inspection range in the ‘hundreds of dollars’ category, but the total bill for a full compliment of specialists could easily run 10 times more, not to mention the scheduling nightmare you would endure!
Contacting a GLC home inspector is the first step in making sure your inspection needs are fulfilled by an honest, educated, and seasoned professional. Perform a search now to identify GLC member inspectors in your area.
This article contributed by:
MasterSpec Home Inspection Service Inc.
2208 Tamarack Dr.
Champaign Illinois 61821