Home Inspection Services

Home inspection services can get a bit confusing. People like to know what is included in a home inspection if they are a buyer versus what will the home inspector inspect if they are a seller. Some homeowners  just want to have a home inspection to know the condition of their house and its components. The items that are inspected may differ depending on the home inspection company you choose. Some home inspectors will not inspect certain items if you already own your home, or if you are purchasing a home as an investment property. Fortunately, I perform all of my home inspections as if you are purchasing the house as your residence.  

I provide the following services:
Pre-listing inspection (seller inspection)

Buyer inspection

Home warranty inspection

Homeowner inspection

System or component inspection

Radon Testing

Pre-listing inspection is a sellers inspection. Sellers have a home inspector inspect their home before they put it on the market. This allows them to provide information for the disclosure statement, and gives them the opportunity to correct any issues. This is a great marketing tool for the seller. Sellers can provide the report to the buyer and show documentation of the corrected issues.

Buyers inspection is for those purchasing a home. Buyers want to be educated about the condition of the home and its systems. The home inspection gives the buyer the ability to make an educated and informed decision, free from emotion, about the purchase of your home.

Home warranty inspection is for homeowners that have a warranty on their house that may be expiring. Usually this inspection is performed in the tenth or eleventh month of the warranty period. The home inspector can detect any issues prior to the warranty expiration. The homeowner then has a chance to have the issues corrected, as long as the warranty covers those issues. The cost of the inspection can pay for itself with this type of inspection. Please read your policy or contact your insurance company for coverage details.

Homeowner inspection is a home inspection for homeowners that want to know the condition of their home. If you own a home and didn't have a home inspection at the time of purchase, this is the inspection for you. Also, if you did have a previous home inspection, and it has been many years since that inspection, it is a great way to update your knowledge of your home. This inspection also give you helpful information if you are thinking of remodeling. You get an honest independent opinion because I do not provide any repair services and will not benefit from any repairs performed.

The above inspections include the following:
Roof, Exterior, Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace, Structure, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, Fireplace, Attic & Insulation, Doors, Windows, Interior, Decks, Gutters and downspouts, Garage, Outbuildings.

Additional Inspection Services

System or component inspection is for a homeowner that wants to know the condition of a few systems, but does not want or need a home inspection. For example, you may want to know the condition of the roof, or the water heater. This is a great way to get an honest independent opinion about that component. You will not have to wonder if you really needed the item repaired or replaced. I do not provide any repair service, so I do not benefit in finding something wrong.

Radon Testing is for every home and can be incorporated into any of my inspection services at an additional fee; or can be performed alone.

Radon is a Radioactive Gas
Radon-222 is the decay product of radium-226. Radon-222 and its parent, radium-226, are part of the long decay chain for uranium-238. Since uranium is essentially ubiquitous in the earth's crust, radium-226 and radon-222 are present in almost all rock and all soil and water. Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell radon and you can’t taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon's adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. Thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home. The USEPA action level for radon is 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The risk of developing lung cancer at 4.0 pCi/L is estimated at about 7 lung cancer deaths per 1000 persons. That is why USEPA and IEMA recommends reducing your radon level if the concentration is 4.0 pCi/L or more. Lung cancer in humans arising from radon exposure is recognized by the following health and environmental organizations:


American Medical Association
U.S. Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Center for Disease Control
National Academy of Science
National Cancer Institute
World Health Organization

You Should Test for Radon
While scientists can estimate the approximate lung cancer deaths per 1000 people, no single individual's risk can be estimated. Testing is relatively inexpensive, easy and is the only way to know whether you are at risk.

If you are involved in a real estate transaction, read the Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions. Radon testing in real estate transactions, which involve multiple parties and financial interests, is unique, and specific testing protocols are required.

Controlling Radon Exposure
Radon reduction techniques are used to stop radon entry and reduce indoor radon concentrations. Hiring a licensed Radon Mitigation Professional is the best way to reduce your indoor radon concentrations.

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Merino's Home Inspection & Education Inc.
9029 Pebble Beach Lane
Orland Park, Illinois 60462

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Illinois Home Inspector License 450.010091
Illinois Home Inspector Entity License 451.000851