About Buyer's Advocate

Buyer's Advocate Commercial and Residential Inspections

Commercial and Residential Inspection Services for Northern Illinois

Buyer’s Advocate Commercial and Residential Inspections has performed more than 10,000 inspections. Our team has over 40 years of combined inspection experience and 50+ years of combined experience in the building trades. However, we know that experience is not enough. The building industry is constantly changing, and to stay ahead of the curve, we supplement our hands-on knowledge by participating in ongoing education each month. This allows us to offer the best possible service to our customers, service rooted in practical, hands-on experience and combined with a comprehensive, up-to-date understanding of the building industry.

Each member of our team holds the highest certification given by ASHI, and we abide by both ASHI and Illinois state Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics. Our owner, Ted Schwartz, also teaches for ASHI, helping inspectors gain their certifications. We perform commercial, residential, mold, and Radon inspections for a wide range of properties, including condominiums, office buildings, industrial properties, new and old retail buildings, hotels, churches, gyms, and many others. Our team is available for evening and weekend appointments, and we can take payments over the phone. We also make ourselves available to our clients for calls at any time after completing our inspections.

Our Team

Our team is made of educated and experienced inspectors who share a wealth of knowledge. Each of our inspectors maintains the highest level of ASHI membership as an ACI ASHI Certified Inspector. Not only have each of our inspectors far exceeded the 250 inspections required to reach ACI certification, they continue to pursue further education. Our inspectors maintain their state license through ongoing monthly classes and passing three to four state exams per year. When you hire our team, you are hiring a network of knowledge. We consult and share knowledge with ASHI members throughout the country.

Ted Schwartz


Owner and ASHI Certified Inspector
IL # 450.010163
(630) 258-1200

  • ASHI ACI member # 249229
  • Northern Illinois Chapter ASHI member
  • Former ASHI school Instructor
  • Education
    • University of Wisconsin Stout B.S. Industrial Education
    • M.S. National Louis University Curriculum and instruction
  • Former Industrial Arts instructor at Elk Grove High School, Hillside School.
  • Owner/Operator Heartwood builders
  • Specialized in remodeling, custom home building, commercial and industrial construction.
  • Hands on experience in all trades.
  • Business owner and tenant in numerous retail, industrial and commercial properties.
  • Property inspector part time 1997 to 2008 Full time 2008 to present.
Steve Reilly


ASHI Certified Inspector
IL # 450.001240
(630) 248-6500

  • Radon inspector License # RNIT2007229
  • ASHI ACI member # 242913
  • Northern Illinois Chapter ASHI member Current Vice President, Past President
  • Board member past 5 years
  • ASHI school Instructor
  • ASHI school student recruiter
  • Owner/operator of multiple rental properties.
  • Experienced home and commercial remodeler.
  • Union carpenter
  • Trade show exhibit builder.
Bob Casey


ASHI Certified Inspector
IL # 450.011150
(630) 878-0493

  • ASHI ACI member # 258919
  • Current Northern Illinois Chapter ASHI chapter Treasurer
  • Member Homes for Heroes
  • Education
    • Associates of Arts Degree College of DuPage
    • B.S Political Science University of Oregon
  • Member Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Member Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce
  • 30 years of construction experience in: residential, commercial and industrial with over 500 projects.
  • Experience includes: Carpenter, Crew Forman, Superintendant, Estimator, Scheduler, Senior project manager and more.
Lucas Weigel


ASHI Certified Inspector
IL # 450.011319
(847) 977-6545

  • ASHI ACI member # 258448
  • 10 years building trades experience in custom home building. Experienced in all trades.
  • Northern Illinois Chapter ASHI member
  • Current vintage home owner, has a passion for inspecting and preserving older structures.