Decker Home Services, LLC
What is a Home Inspection?


A home inspection is an independent, objective examination of the structure, systems and components of a home - from the foundation to the roof.   It is also the first opportunity for you to really get a feel for the house you are considering buying.  A quality, professional Home Inspection will provide you with a complete report of the house's condition and features, the good qualities and the things that may need some work.


No house is perfect.  Each home has its own particular quirks, as well as its own particular charm.  After all, that is what attracted you to it in the first place.  A Home Inspection is your first and best chance to find out all you can about what you are buying.



Some of the systems and components that are evaluated include the following:

Attic, Access Doors, the 'inside' or your roof.

Exterior Siding, Brick, EIFS, Stucco

Plumbing, Sump Pumps, Ejection Pumps

Basement, Crawlspace

Smoke and CO Detectors

Roof, Vents, Flashings

Ceilings, Floors

Foundation and Footings


Walls, Exterior and Interior

Garage Doors, Safety Sensors

Structure, Foundation Exposure

Doors, Weather Stripping

Heating and Air-conditioning

Insulation and Ventilation

Electrical system, GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt), AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt) outlets

Major appliances, check serial numbers for appliance age and against any manufacturer or government recalls

Water Penetration / Flooding / Seepage / Foundation Damage

Windows, Caulking

Wood Destroying Insects, Rot, Fungus

Grading and Drainage


Water Heating System

Interior Plumbing Fixtures

Main Water and Gas Shut Off

Decks, Porches, Railings

Main Disconnect and Service

Fireplace, Damper, Chimney


And much, much more.  Please review the NACHI Standards of Practice at also ask you to review the State of Illinois Home Inspection Standards of Practice, which the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors exceeds.


A Home Inspection is not a means to come up with a list of 'repairs' that the seller must complete before the house can be sold, nor is it a building code inspection.  Many homes that comply with local building codes can have significant (and costly) hidden defects.  Code inspections do not judge the quality of the construction but only the bare minimum standards.


A good Home Inspector will examine and describe, in writing and in words that you can understand, the condition of the house and provide guidance on what may cause problems for the new owner.  The Home Inspector's main focus is on Safety and Home Value, the two main concerns of anyone who is making such an expensive purchase.


In the Inspection Report the inspector will give you, in writing and following the legal form set by the State of Illinois, an accurate description of the general condition of your home.  The inspector will also give some recommendations as to changes or 'fixes' he would like to see done.  Not all of these will actually be done or legally need to be done.  It is strongly urged that the client go over the final report with their Realtor and lawyer to determine what is doable and what is not.  Some of the changes recommended will probably have to be done by the buyer after the sale is complete.  The one thing to ask yourself is, how safe do you want the home that your family will be living in to be?


While a home cannot 'fail' an inspection, but its components can.  A Home Inspection provides you with a expert and independent opinion of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection.  An professional inspector typically spends about four hours evaluating a home and may recommend further evaluation by specialists if significant symptoms or significant defects are discovered. We strongly encourage you to attend the inspection so that you can ask questions and learn all about your new home.