Discounts for Veterans

Discounts for Veterans

Discounts for Veterans and First Responders

We offer discounts for Veterans and First Responders in honor of those who served.  Hawley Home Inspections, LLC will give a discount on our home inspections.  All veterans qualify regardless of length of service.   Active first responders will also receive a discount.


This is our way of paying it forward for those who have ran towards trouble as other have ran away.  We come from a family full of veterans and first responders and know the sacrifices you have made.  This is but a small token of our appreciation of those who take the responsibility of serving others.  

We are a veteran owned and family operated Home Inspection company operating in the St Louis and Southern Illinois area.  We have been providing home inspection and ancillary services since 2010. 

In addition to Home Inspections we also have the following services available:

  • Asbestos and Vermiculite Testing
  • Air Quality Testing (for mold and mildew)
  • Gas Leak Testing
  • Log Home Inspections
  • Radon Testing
  • Sewer Camera Scopes
  • Septic Inspections 
  • Termite Inspection (included with Home Inspection)
  • Well Water Testing

Our Inspectors are ASHI and InterNACHI certified and licensed by the State of Illinois.  Each inspector is required to constantly upgrade their education through continuing education courses approved by the State.  Your satisfaction is our reward for a job well done.

Our goal is to be “Your Home Consultant for Life” feel free to continue to contact us after your inspection.  We welcome your questions and only ask that you refer to friends and relatives.

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The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations      License #  450.010421

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Ten questions to ask your home inspector

Ten questions to ask your home inspector

Ten Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

( Here are ten questions to ask your home inspector before you make the largest purchase of your life.  Most realtors recommend and many lenders require having a professional home inspection performed.

A home inspection may save you thousands of dollars by revealing structural or safety issues that may not have been obvious. It may give your home a clean bill of health; either way knowing is always better than guessing. Before you choose a home inspector you should ask the following questions:

1. Q. Are you and your inspectors licensed by the State of Illinois?

A. All of our inspectors are trained and licensed by the State of Illinois and take extended trainings throughout the year.

2. Q. Do you have errors and omissions,  liability and workmans comp insurance?

A. Yes

3. Q. Can you provide references?

A. Visit our web site at for both text and video testimonials.

4. Q. What professional organizations do you belong to?

A. We are a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, the Greater Gateway, Association of Realtors (GGAR), the Realtor Association of Southern Illinois (RASI), St Louis Realtors Association, Inter National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the America Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

5. Q. Is it OK to attend the inspection?

A. Not only is it OK to attend, we feel strongly that the buyer should be present for the complete inspection. Most inspections will take about four hours, if you need to leave you can leave us a cell phone number and we will contact you when we are finished.

6. Q. What other services do you provide?

A. We provide free termite inspections with every inspection and when requested Radon Testing, Sewer Scopes, Air Quality Testing,  Gas Leak Testing.

We also provide Septic Inspections (by an affiliate)  and Well Water, Asbestos and Vermiculite testing (by a state approved laboratory).

7. Q. Do you provide repair services?

A No, we consider it unethical for an inspector to perform repairs or profit from suggested repairs within three years of an inspection they have performed.

8. Q. How soon can you schedule an inspection?

A. We understand most real estate transactions have short time frames to complete inspections and repairs.   We try to accommodate your schedule, we work Monday through Saturday.   By working days and evenings we can schedule most inspections  within 3 days or less.

9. Q. How much does an inspection cost?

Inspections are based on square footage, termite inspections are included and we give discounts for new construction homes as well as Veterans and First Responders.

10. Q. How soon will I get the results of my inspection?

A. At the end of your inspection we will provide you with a verbal review of the inspection report and the termite inspection.  Our inspector will review the inspection report and revise if necessary.

The reports will be emailed to you and your agent  you will normally receive it by the next business day. 

The Termite Report,  Sewer Scope, Gas Leak and Air Quality test reports  will usually be attached to the Inspection report sent to you and your agent the nest business day also. 

Radon, Asbestos-Vermiculite and well water test results may take longer and will be forwarded to you when we receive them.

We hope these 10 questions to ask your home inspector are helpful

Buying a home can be a terrible or pleasant experience  Seek the help of an experienced Realtor and a professional home inspector and  the process will go much smoother.

Your realtor will not only help you find your dream home but a good Realtor will help you every step of the way.  They will help with negotiations, paper work and give a realistic opinion of  the homes value. 

They can also invaluable in other ways such as advising you on the neighbor hood, the local schools and churches and may even be able to help you with moving and relocation recommendations. 

Your Home Inspector will carefully and skilfully inspect the major systems of the home and provide both a verbal summary of their findings and an a detailed email summary.

Of coarse there are more than ten questions to ask your home inspector

Please feel free to contact us about any other questions you may have. 

At Hawley Home Inspections LLC we are a Veteran owned and family operated business with one goal in mind.  We want to be your “Professional Home Consultant for Life.”  Once we have completed your home inspection we encourage you to continue to use our services and consider us as your homes partner.

We are a multi inspector company with  10 years of business success serving Southern Illinois, The Metro East, St Louis City and the surrounding communities.


Deck MAINTENANCE and Inspection

Deck MAINTENANCE and Inspection

( Millions of decks have been built in the US over the last 50 years or so. Many of the early decks were built with redwood or cedar lumber which have a natural resistance to rot and decay. Unfortunately redwood and cedar decks were very pricey and had an average life span of only 15 to 20 years. Depending on where you live and the care and maintenance of the deck some would last longer some less.

Transformation of treated lumber

In the 1970 penta treated lumber came into play because it had the advantage of a 40 year life expectancy. Some decks were built using the penta treated lumber as a decking surface however penta was not the most appealing product as it stayed oilie for a long time. The most common use for penta treated wood was the under framing with cedar as the decking and railing.

In the mid 1970s a new product called Chromated Copper Arsenate. CCA treated lumber burst on the market and soon replaced redwood and cedar as the go to product. The CCA treated lumber also had a 40 year life expectancy was 1/3 the cost of cedar and completely eliminated redwood in our market anyway. The pressure treated CCA yellow pine was readily available, cost effective, easy to use and had a pleasing appearance. CCA lumber allowed consumers to have large outdoor decks at reasonable prices and the deck boom has been going on ever since.

Unfortunately as the name implied CCA treated lumber contained arsenic as one of the main ingredients and has been discontinued for consumer use. The new product AC2 has similar properties to the CCA with out the risk to children and animals. The AC2 available from most retail out lets has lower lever of treatment for above ground use than materials for ground contact. For example the dimension lumber 2×4 etc will not be rated for ground contact and the 4×4 and larger lumber will be.

What to look for on your existing deck

Here are some of the basic points to check on the deck framing

Deck maintenance in very important for your safety
This is not a proper repair
Deck band aids are not a proper repair
  • The first thing to check on an existing deck is the support posts. The American Wood Council recommends decks more than four feet above ground have 6×6 or larger posts.
  • Second would be are the posts buried in the ground or do they set above grade on concrete with an approved base bracket?
  • Beams should set on top of the posts and may be held in place with approved brackets.
  • Rim boards attached to the house are usually secured with 1/2 inch lag bolts spaced 12 to 16 inches on center and off set so they are not on top of each other.
  • Deck flashing should extend up behind the siding and over the rim board to prevent water from entering behind the rim board.
  • Rim boards should not be attached to brick veneer or cantilevered floor systems.
  • Joist hanger should be used and sized correctly
  • Check for any rotten split or broken joists or deck boards

If you find any of the defects listed above we suggest you seek the council of a reliable deck contractor to determine what if anything should be done. Deck failures are usually do to neglected maintenance and not design. Your deck should have a good visual inspection at least once a year.

How maintain your deck

Plastic and composition decks require little more than soap and water clean up to keep them in good shape. Wood decks require a little more tender loving care.

Your wood deck should acclimate and dry out for a minimum of 6 months before any sealers or paint are applied. Sealers are available in clear, semi transparent and opaque in a multitude of colors. Remember once you add a color to the deck it will be hard if not impossible to change it so choose carefully.

for more information on decks go to The American Wood Council