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What's Included in Your

Cottage Hill Inspection?

We at Cottage Hill Inspection feel that you should have a comprehensive understanding of the health of your home. We inspect the property grounds, exterior, structure, roof, interior, utilities, and garage in order to provide you and your family with an overview on the health of your property.
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Home Inspection

Services Included

Grounds

Grade, drainage, walks, driveways, patios, decks, plantings, trees.

Exterior

Siding, brick / stone, trim, doors, windows, soffits, fascia, steps, railings, porches.

Structure

Foundation, basement slab, crawl space, floor / wall / ceiling framing, stairs, railings, attic framing, insulation and ventilation.

Roof

Shingles, flashing, sheathing, chimney, penetrations, gutters, downspouts.

Interior

Wall / floor / ceiling surfaces, doors, windows, trim, hardware, kitchen cabinets, built-in kitchen appliances, kitchen and bath ventilation

Utilities

Electrical service entrance, electrical panel and distribution, water service and distribution, plumbing fixtures, sewer piping, natural gas.

Utility Appliance

Furnace or boiler, water heater, air conditioning (temperature permitting), laundry connections, sump pump.

Garage

Overhead door and opener, passage door, floor slab, exterior, roof.

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What to expect from your

Cottage Hill Inspection?

Our clients are encouraged to take part in their inspection as an introduction to the workings of their new home. Inspections take approximately 3 hours for the average single-family residence. The emphasis of your home inspection will be on safety and function as well as identification of conditions that may require a repair or significant expense either now or in the near future.
We use non-invasive techniques including visual assessment and instrument testing to evaluate the condition of major appliances. We identify critical controls, label them and explain their operation. A verbal, on site, report during the inspection will explain the function, operation and condition of each component and system inspected.
We also provide a written report that includes information on construction, relative age, present conditions, and expected useful life of all critical components and systems. Your report will include digital photographs, diagrams, and maintenance tips and usually becomes a handy reference manual for as long as you own your home.
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What makes

Us Different

Did your last inspector get on the roof? This roof leak was not visible from the ground and would have been missed by other inspectors.

This improperly flashed electrical mast would likely have been missed by other inspectors. We always try to walk on a roof when it is safe to do so.

Larry Coha Inspecting a Home

Did your last inspector check for carbon monoxide?

We understand combustion safety and are one of the few inspection companies in the area that test major appliances for carbon monoxide.
When you use Cottage Hill Inspections you can be assured that we will go above and beyond what a typical home inspector does. We want to make sure that you know the ins and outs of your home.
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How our Services

Compare to State Standards

ItemCottage Hill Inspections IncludesIllinois Required?
General Liability/E&O InsuranceYesNo
Computer Generated Report EmailedYesNo
Digital Photos IncludedYesNo
Lead, Mold, Asbestos, TermiteAvailableNo
Radon TestingAvailableNo
Clearly Identified FeeYes, RequiredYes
List of Excluded ItemsYes, RequiredYes
Report SummaryYesNo
Free Phone SupportYesNo
Determine Layers of ShinglesYesNo
Estimate Age of RoofYesNo
Test for natural gas leaksYesNo
Test for carbon monoxideYesNo
Determine age of heating systemYesNo
Determine age of hot water systemYesNo
Operate kitchen appliancesYesNo
Operate laundry appliancesYesNo
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How our services

compare to state standards

General Liability / E&O Insurance

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Computer Generated Report Emailed

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Digital Photos Included

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Lead, Mold, Asbestos, Termite

Cottage Hill Includes: Available

Illinois Required?: No

Radon Testing

Cottage Hill Includes: Available

Illinois Required?: No

Signed Inspection Agreement

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes, Required

Illinois Required?: Yes

Clearly Identified Fee

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes, Required

Illinois Required?: Yes

List of Excluded Items

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes, Required

Illinois Required?: No

Include Report Summary

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Free Phone Support

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Determine Layers of Shingles

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Estimage Age of Roof

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Test for Natural Gas Leaks

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Test for Carbon Monoxide

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Determine Age of Heating Systems

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Determine Age of Hot Water System

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Inspect Furnace Heat Exchanger

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Operate Kitchen Appliances

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No

Operate Laundry Appliances

Cottage Hill Includes: Yes

Illinois Required?: No