THE HOME INSPECTOR WITH A HEART

Why choose us? We understand how stressful a time it can be when buying a new home. We are experts at stress reduction. We will give you the non-alarming, easy to understand information about your home, and you will be able to make the best decision about the largest single financial purchase in your lifetime.

About us

Are you looking to purchase a new home? Whether to support a growing family, to decrease the size of your property, or build an investment portfolio, home inspections are highly recommended before you buy. While a property may look appealing, there may be potential problems hidden in crawl spaces, attics, around foundations and other areas. Let SLS Home Inspections help you spot problems before they become costly repairs or impact your health and safety.

Our Story

Why is SLS Home Inspections “The Home Inspector With a Heart?” The video >>>> explains it. Sometimes things happen that make you take a real hard look at your life and how you’re living it. A heart attack in December 2012 was that event. If there is any lesson for anyone reading this or that watches the video, it’s that listening to your body and making visits to your doctor a regular habit, hopefully before it’s too late. Scott was lucky he lived so close to an ambulance and was able to get to the ER for immediate help when seconds mattered most.

Our Services

We perform home inspections, mold testing, Radon and sewerscope inspections in the Kankakee, Will, Iroquois, Grundy, Cook and Livingston counties in Illinois. We are licensed by the State of Illinois to follow all standards of practice of the Ilinois DFPR. We are also certified by the International Association of Certiffied Home Inspectors as certified Client Protection Experts.

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STANDARD HOME INSPECTION

What is a home inspection? In it’s legal term, it’s a non-invasive visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home and includes a written report on the condition of the inspected systems of a home. In simple words, we look at what we can see, and tell you what we see and how it is an issue and what type of repair it may need. Usually a home inspection takes about 2-3 hours depending on the size and age of the home. We strongly recommend that you be present at the inspection. It is much easier for us to explain an item in person instead of trying to do it over the phone hours or days later.
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SELLER PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION

A prelisting inspection or seller’s inspection is the exact same inspection we would do for a home buyer. Why would Prelisting inspection be a good idea? The buyer’s inspection may reveal issues that are a big red flag for them and cause them to walk away from the purchase. You can help prevent that by getting those items repaired ahead of listing the home and any buyer inspections. Repaired on your schedule, with no rush to get the first contractor available, and if you have any specific skills, get it done yourself. This speeds up the entire process when you finally decide to put the home on the market and the buyer’s inspection is done.
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SEWER SCOPE

Many homes have aging or damaged sewer lateral main lines underground from their house to the city sewer or septic tank. This can be an expensive repair. This inspection is not part of a standard visual home inspection. We recommend a sewerscope which will include a camera through the line to show any collapsed or damaged sections. You will receive a video showing the camera view. This repair cost can be requested as either a repair item or a credit from the sellers. The cost is small compared to the expense of a new sewer line.
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RADON TESTING

While not required in order to buy a new home, we recommend that all homes get a radon test. Radon gas is a odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is a by product of a decaying Uranium deposit under the ground. It’s very random in it’s location. It may be under your back yard but not under the house. it comes up through the ground and ground water. In an elevated level inside a home, radon gas can cause lung cancer. It’s the number 2 cause of lung cancer in the United States behind cigarette smoking. Our test results will show the levels of radon in the home, and if elevated, you can request a remediation system be paid for by the sellers. Safety of your family is the number one reason you should consider a radon test.
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MOLD TESTING/AIR QUALITY

Elevated levels of mold in your home can be very dangerous to your health. There are specific mold spores that are known carcinogens and others can lead to respiratory disease, allergic reactions, and other health issues. Mold can also compromise the integrity of your home’s structure. Getting a Mold Inspection can help prevent serious problems and costly expenses.
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LEAD PAINT AND ASBESTOS TESTING

Older homes have a higher chance of containing lead based paint. (LBP) If your home was built before 1978, theres a very good chance it contains LBP. While the CPSC banned LBP in 1978, all the lead paint didn’t just dry up in the cans. It could still be found in many homes, it just can’t be sold.
We can test your home for lead based paint and get you a report from a 3rd party lab.
Don’t let LBP prevent you from buying your new home. We can explain the effects and what safety measures should be taken.

Asbestos containing materials (ACM) were banned many years ago for use in homes. Like lead paint, it’s not uncommon to see ACM in older homes. It should not deter you from buying a home because it has ACM. Knowing how to handle and it’s effects are very important.We can test ACM with our 3rd party lab and supply you with a detailed report and positive ID.
ACM products worked very well for many years and were used in many everyday building materials such as insulation, flooring, pipe wrap, duct wrap, siding and roofing.
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LIGHT COMMERCIAL

Looking for an investment property to lease or purchase? It’s vital to be aware of the condition of the property before taking ownership and assuming the risk. A commercial inspection will tell you the condition of the building and property, reduce the risk and maybe eliminate some concerns or identify a few surprises. The inspection will also help you budget for future expenses and repairs in the future. Call us to discuss your inspection.

what our clients say

We pride ourselves on our customer service from first time nervous buyers to seasoned investors. We give all our clients the same level of detailed and thorough inspections and hope that eye for detail shows through. Our reviews tell the story and if you feel that your inspection was worth the time and your hard earned money, we would love it and encourage you to leave us a review after your inspection. Here are just a few reviews from our past clients.

Why Us

Do you want peace of mind? We can deliver. Thousands of happy and satisfied clients will say that we don’t just do a report and disappear. We are your consultant for as long as you live in the home. Our past clients constantly refer us to their friends and relatives and children. That is the biggest compliment we can get. Don’t make the mistake of skipping or going bargain basement on a home inspection. You want the best, we deliver for you.

Safety

You know what they always say? Safety is no accident. Your family’s safety is our number one goal at a home inspection. Period. It may be a big issue or something small and easy to fix. Either way, it will be in the report, usually with pictures.

Peace of Mind

Great thing to say, but not so easy to do. Buying a new home is very stressful. Paperwork by the mountains, packing up a lifetime into boxes, saving lots of money for all the costs of buying a home and changing schools or jobs. Sometimes major family events could be happening like a job change, wedding, new baby, death in the family or divorce. Worrying about what is going on in your new home is where we can help. Our inspection is designed to make the condition of the new home as simple and non-alarming, while still letting you know the seriousness of any issues. We will take the time after the inspection to answer any questions you may have. Peace of Mind? We can deliver.

Experience

Experience matters. That’s what you’re paying for. If you were getting eye surgery, you would want to know what experience that doctor had for your surgery. You would never say, “Who’s the cheapest eye surgeon around to operate on my eyeballs.” You would want the most experienced. Our team has completed thousands of inspections since 2007. Read our reviews, ask your friends, coworkers and relatives who did their inspections.

Report

Do you like reading reports with technical mumbo jumbo and hard to understand industry specific terms? Of course not, no one does. Our reports are well written, easy to understand with normal comments and with color pictures detailing and highlighting the issues. We ALWAYS deliver the report the same day. No Fail, everytime. The report will help determine what are the issues that are most important to you.

FAQs

You may have questions about a home inspection. If you have other questions not listed here, call us and we will be happy to help answer them all.
No question is too small.

Cost of a home inspection depends on a variety of factors including: square footage, age of the home, extra outbuildings, location.

We offer a $25 hero discount to active and Retired Military, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police and Sheriff, Nurses and Teachers. Thank you for all you do to serve.

For pricing for a specific property, please call our office (815) 644-6271.

A complete home inspection generally takes between 2 and 3 hours onsite. This allows time for assessment of the home’s exterior, interior, mechanical and electrical systems. We welcome the buyers to attend the inspection and your inspector will work to thoroughly explain all significant findings. We can also spend as much time on the phone if you are unable to attend.

 

The short answer, No. An inspection is an unbiased report based on the condition of a home at the time of the inspection. A property can’t fail and the main reason is that any problem can be, or has been repaired. It is simply an informational tool for you to use when evaluating a property.

 

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