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HOME OWNER: Services


"I was very pleased with the experience. It is nice to be treated with patience and clarity as I asked questions. I especially appreciated not being treated in a condescending way! Thanks."

Kathy, Oak Park

When you call us we'll discuss any concerns you have regarding your current home and then make a plan of what we'll be looking into. Once we settle on a date and time for the inspection, a Prairie Home Inspection Services provider will do a thorough review of your home.

Depending on your home and your specific needs, any or all of the following components can be part of your inspection:

The lot, landscape and hardscape

  • Fences, Garden walls
  • Paved walks, Drives and Patios
  • Retaining walls
  • Decks, Terraces
  • Trees, Scrubs
  • Surface drainage

The house exterior

  • Exterior wall surfaces [brick, siding, stucco, trim, etc.]
  • Windows, Vents
  • Entries, Porches, Balconies
  • Roof surfaces, Roof penetrations
  • Chimneys, Dormers
  • Flashings
  • Soffits, Fascia, Gutters
  • Garages

Structure, Insulation, Venting, Moisture

  • Foundation, Beams, Columns, Footings
  • Floor, wall, ceiling and roof framing
  • Basement and crawl space environments
  • Attic, wall and crawl space insulation and ventilation
  • Chimneys, Vents

Mechanical systems and Utilities

  • Electrical service entry, service panels, wiring, outlets, lighting and controls
  • Drinking water entry, piping, fixtures, water pressure and volume
  • Waste water piping, flow, venting, pumps
  • Ground water management and pumps
  • Natural gas distribution and integrity
  • Heating system, distribution and controls, Humidification
  • Cooling system, distribution and controls
  • Water heating and distribution
  • Laundry connections and equipment

Living space

  • Wall, floor and ceiling surfaces
  • The operation of doors, windows and hardware
  • Kitchen surfaces and appliances
  • Bathroom surfaces, fixtures and ventilation
  • Fireplaces
  • Staircases
  • Access to attics and crawl spaces


  • Siding, Trim and Roofing surfaces
  • Garage structure
  • Overhead door and Operator
  • Passage door
  • Garage electrical

Optional Services

Prairie Home Inspection Services, Inc. can also provide consultation, information and testing services for many of the environmental concerns that arise during a home purchase or with an existing home. These tests and evaluations are not needed in every home. We endeavor to assist our clients in making informed decisions about these addition services and whether they are appropriate for their unique circumstance.


We recommend that all home buyers and homeowners read the Environmental Protection Agency publication Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon available online at Environmental Protection Agency: Radon. If you decide to test for radon, we can answer all your questions and coordinate the test as part of your home inspection.


We have the knowledge, equipment and testing services to identify mold and the conditions that can encourage mold growth. Mold testing is not needed in every home and should be done only on an as needed basis. We also recommend consulting href="" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency: Mold for more information.


Asbestos was often used in building materials and insulation into the 1970’s. many of these materials remain in older homes. We have the knowledge, information and access to testing services for asbestos. We recommend consulting Environmental Protection Agency: Asbestos for additional information.


We always look for pests during our standard home inspection but if conditions indicate the need for a separate termite inspection by a pest control expert, you can trust the highly trained professionals who will coordinate their evaluation as part of your home inspection.


Lead was a common additive in paint [mostly exterior paint] prior to 1978, so older homes are likely to have at least some lead paint. We can provide the information, technical expertise and historical perspective to help you decide if a lead inspection is right for you. We recommend consulting Environmental Protection Agency: Lead.