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Should a Real Estate Attorney Review My Illinois Home Inspection?

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West Chicago real estate attorney

You have just found your dream home, and your offer has been accepted. You may think the hard part is over, but complications can still arise. Although the home inspection may have been completed without any major issues, you may have an uneasy feeling about the home inspector and his or her judgment regarding a few elements of the property. Fortunately, you have options that can protect you, your offer, and your financial situation. Seeking the legal guidance of an experienced real estate attorney can make sure your rights are protected during the process of buying your home. 

Home Inspection Overview

Within the state of Illinois, a home inspection refers to the examination and evaluation of the interior and exterior of a property prior to the purchase of the property. In other words, it provides details about the house and gives a better understanding of the property to make sure everything is in proper working order.

During a home inspection, the following components are assessed by the home inspector:

  • Masonry structure

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system 

  • Roof

  • Structural composition

  • Plumbing system

  • Foundation

  • Electrical system 

  • Fireplace

  • Basement

  • Any additional elements

Your home inspector may also consider other factors such as location and overall environment. It is extremely important to be present during this process. Be sure to follow the inspector around the property, and ask for clarification on anything that seems unclear. After receiving the results of the inspection, you can go over it with your attorney to address any issues that were found. If there are any defects, hazards, or other concerns, you can ask the seller to correct these issues before completing the transaction, or you may ask for the home's purchase price to be adjusted to address the costs of any necessary repairs. Your lawyer can advise you of your rights and help you negotiate favorable terms as you work to complete your real estate transaction.

Home Inspection Fraud

Typically, a home inspection is done to avoid fraud. However, instances of fraud may still take place due to incorrect evaluations, falsified documents, or an unlicensed home inspector. If you have any doubts regarding your home inspection, hold off on the property transaction, and contact a real estate attorney as soon as possible.

In the event your home inspector is unlicensed, missed something on the assessment list, and/or did not properly complete your home inspection documents, he or she may be held liable for damages. The home inspector’s liability will be defined within the contract, which may hold him or her accountable in certain situations.

An attorney can help you take legal action against the inspector, the inspection company, and/or its insurance agency. Be sure to save all documentation from the home inspection and take any pictures you believe will support your claim.  

Contact a Winfield Real Estate Lawyer 

If you are in the process of purchasing a house, it is important to consult with a skilled Kane County real estate attorney from the Law Office of Christina Martell. We understand that this can be an intimidating process, and we will provide the legal assistance you need during a home inspection and throughout the entire transaction. Our firm offers consultations for $100, which will be credited toward your bill upon hiring our attorney. Call our office today at 630-717-2772 to schedule an appointment. 

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1359&ChapterID=24

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