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  • 10 QUESTIONS

    10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HOME INSPECTOR

    What to look for in a home inspection

  • licensed inspectors

    WE ARE LICENSED, INSURED AND CERTIFIED

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  • highly trained inspectors

    OUR INSPECTORS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED,

    KNOWLEDGEABLE, PROFESSIONAL AND
    OF COURSE, CERTIFIED.

CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve found the home of your dreams!
Let us help you to be sure this significant investment is the source of pride and happiness you are expecting.


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YOU MAY NOT KNOW...


1Everything you should about the condition of the roof, chimneys, siding and trim, attic ventilation, electrical wiring, plumbing, furnace, air conditioner, or a great number of other items in the home.

FOR YOUR SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND

2Whether you’re buying or selling a home, knowing its condition guarantees you a fair and smooth transaction.

YOUR INSPECTION:


3A trained inspector will inspect your home for 2 to 3 hours. You are invited to follow the inspector for a step by step analysis of your home. Transparency and safety are our top priorities.

AFTER THE INSPECTION,


4The inspector will prepare a Property Inspection Report. Immediately following your inspection, you will receive a detailed custom report, outlining the condition of your home.

 

What We Do

Certified Home Inspections of Valparaiso is officially licensed in Indiana and provides commercial and residential inspections for Northwest Indiana, from the Illinois line to South Bend. We provide home, pest & mold inspections and detail our findings in a comprehensive 300-point Property Inspection Report. The report typically includes pictures and, upon request, video snippets.

Each Property Inspection Report is available within 2 business days. To expedite the process, the reports are emailed to the customer.

Whom We Serve

Since 2003 we've proudly served the following areas...


Certified Home Inspections confirms appointments via the phone from 9am-5pm CST, Sunday through Saturday. We also can provide email and Google Calendar updates upon request.

 

To Schedule an Appointment

For fast, appreciable service we offer the following contact methods:
  1. phone: 219-476-9225
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BEHIND THE SCENES

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK


Get an in-depth look at what goes into a certified home inspection with an exclusive interview and behind-the-scenes footage.
- Jim Ullom, Owner / Master Inspector
watch our introduction video

RECENT POSTS

FROM THE BLOG

At Certified Home Inspections, we are dedicated to helping you make the best decisions regarding your home or prospective home. To that end, our president, Jim Ullom, has written articles, blog posts and whitepapers as part of a free informational service for your perusal.

Grounds Inspection

The lot drainage and grounds inspection are two important aspects and the starting point of each home inspection. Our inspectors begin by walking around the exterior grounds of the house looking for rodent tunneling, damaged trees, negative grade, trip hazards, and the condition of driveways and sidewalks. Settling sidewalks pitched towards the house, sloping stoops, and heaving driveways can cause negative grade, poor lot drainage, and erosion around the foundation of the home. Improper downspout extensions(should be 8 ft. from house) and damaged gutters with improper sloping are usually the cause. Our reports include pictures of settling cracks, negative grade, and improper downspout extensions with recommendations for repair. Our inspectors also report the condition of the trees on the property. Dead branches, trees overgrowing the roof, insect damaged trees(Carpenter Ants, Ash Borer), roots creating trip hazards, and trees in contact with the house are noted in detail with a photo. Decks, balconies, sheds, patios, and fences are also included in the grounds inspection. Our inspectors examine the quality of construction, support system, and type of materials used to build eac

Foundation Inspection

Nothing beats a solid foundation! This holds true in business, relationships, and construction! In my opinion, it’s the single most important component of a home. The foundation, after all, supports the floors we walk on and the house we live in. Certified Home Inspections recommends a home inspection to determine the condition of the foundation before you purchase a home. Valparaiso, IN was founded in the early 1800’s and the first log cabin built by 1834. Home builders have been busy swinging hammers throughout the region ever since. Which means many of the nearly 15,000 housing units in Valparaiso are resting on older foundations. Our licensed inspectors are experienced and have been inspecting these older residential and commercial building foundations in Valparaiso since 2003 Various materials were used to build foundations over the years. In the beginning, builders and handymen constructed homes on fieldstone foundations giving little thought to lot drainage. Poor lot and foundation drainage causes damage to stone and mortar. Eventually, builders started installing ceramic drain tiles around the footer of the foundation like the farmers did in their fields. These pipes

Inspecting for the Buyer

Many home-buyers are reluctant to hire certain home inspectors because they fear a partnership could exist between the realtor and home inspector resulting in an unfair inspection. Certified Home Inspections prides itself on the fact that we do not partner with any real estate company and can be trusted to provide the prospective home buyer with an accurate description of the home's condition on the day of the inspection. Some real estate companies offer inspectors a "pay-to-play” type membership program. A home inspector can choose from a Gold or Silver program from which the real estate company refers that home inspector exclusively to their clients based upon the monthly membership fee. We feel these "pay to play” programs are unethical. We refuse to participate in any program designed to pay for referrals from realtors. We also refuse to intentionally overlook defects within the home just to gain popularity among certain agents. Certified Home Inspections is hired solely by prospective home-buyers to inspect a house they are interested in purchasing. We feel it is our obligation to provide that client with an unbiased and thorough inspection report to help them make a so