Find a house inspector near Alabaster, AL

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Top 10 House Inspectors near Alabaster, AL

4.9
from 29 reviews
4.9
(29)
GREAT VALUE
  • 13 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Clark is a great house inspection. He is always always on time whenever you need his service he go over and beyond with his job he is not going to leave anything undone. He look at two houses for my family he told me everything that had to be done in that house.one thing I like about mr. Clark he treat you like family and it's not to many companies that do that. I give this company a A plus."

$275

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5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
"On a previous home we bought, we were burned by the home inspector and this time I did a lot of research to find the right one. We are very pleased with the inspection Mr. Ervin of Smartmove Inspection did on the home. He was very thorough and took the time to talk with us about issues that needed to be addressed. His knowledge was above and beyond what most home inspectors know. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a home inspection of any type."

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Lamar provided us with a very thorough inspection, and the detailed report was very helpful in negotiating with the seller. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a home inspection."

$275

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4.9
from 21 reviews
4.9
(21)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
"The gentlemen who came to remove junk from my garage and do some home repairs were fantastic. They were very nice and helpful. Also, they were able to fix my bed that was missing a part. They were able to fabricate the missing piece, by using a simple piece of wood. It was fascinating to watch. If you want A+ service, I suggest you call KC services."
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  • 1 year in business
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$325

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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 21 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Had a great experience with Charles and even got him to do a couple of other things around our house. He was very responsive, nice, and communicative about the project. He was open to and excited about a couple of ideas I had and thoroughly explained everything well to me. The quality of work is excellent and he went above and beyond making sure that our deck is as safe as possible for our toddlers. Can’t say enough good things!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 8 years in business
"I called eco three because I see their trucks all over town. I was tired of our upstairs being blazing hot in summer and freezing in the winter. The owner came out to my house to do an inspection on the property. He found lots of inefficiencies and identified how to make my home more enjoyable and cheaper to run. He was very knowledgeable and educated me so I could understand the problems. He took pictures and compiled those into an easy to understand report. Later, he explained the problems with my home and described exactly how he would fix the problems. He explained the costs, benefits, and the process. I hired him on the spot. The work was done when promised, for the price promised, and in a clean and efficient manner. My house is much more comfortable and my bills are cheaper. Thanks Eco Three!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
"Ben did an amazing job on finding a few key things that needed fixing on my current home and was worth every penny. Not only did he save us money, we genuinely may not have found some of the issues in the attic without his expertise which could have cost us GREATLY had he not inspected. He is very thorough and truly enjoys doing what he does and will go “the extra mile” to help anyone out. If I ever have another building/home needing inspected, I will 100% be calling Ben."
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3.0
from 4 reviews
3.0
(4)
  • 26 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I was very pleased with the work that was done and learned he could make about any repair I would need to be done in the future. "
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New on Thumbtack
  • 12 years in business
"Attention to detail and concern for my customer’s feelings."
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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection performed by a trained professional to determine the condition of a home’s main elements. The inspection usually takes several hours, during which the professional takes multiple photos and notes, tracking information for a final report. After the inspection, the pro will create a printed report, complete with photos and detailed information, summarizing the condition of the house. A home inspection is often used by potential home buyers prior to purchase to determine if there are larger issues (such as dry rot or a faulty foundation) that are not immediately visible to the untrained eye but that would cost a lot of money to resolve. Home inspections are also used by real estate agents and home sellers to address any concerns before putting a home on the market. Longtime homeowners can also schedule a home inspection to get a snapshot of their current home condition and identify any issues that need to be addressed. A home inspection is not a legal document that can be used for divorce or estate settlements, nor can it be used to secure loans or mortgages.

What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

How do you find a good home inspector?

A home inspection should tell you the true condition of a home. A competent home inspector closely inspects your home’s structure and foundation, looks for termites and signs of problems like mold, checks the wiring to ensure it’s in good condition, and investigates the HVAC system, among other items. To find a good home inspector, first research whether home inspection is licensed in your area; not all states require licensure.

If there is no regulatory body that licenses home inspection in your state, there are other ways to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy professional. Carefully look into the person’s reviews and ask for references. Ask if they are committed to continuing education, and whether they are active members in any reputable home inspector organizations. Some organizations that recognize and/or certify home inspectors are the American Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and American Home Inspectors Training. Don’t be shy about asking to see credentials and licensing.

What should be included in a home inspection?

A complete home inspection involves a visual investigation of all major elements that make up your home. A home inspection is a vital part of buying or selling a home to ensure you’re not accidentally buying a termite-infested home or one with major structural defects. Paying for an inspection before purchasing a home can save you a lot of money in the long run. The national average home inspection cost is $310, with prices ranging higher or lower based on your location and the square footage of your home. After performing a walk-through inspection, the pro should provide you a printed report — complete with photos and recommendations — detailing what’s in good condition, what would benefit from minor repairs, and what needs immediate attention. Home inspection pros know how to spot trouble areas, but they’re not licensed contractors, electricians or plumbers, so they may suggest you hire a licensed pro to address specific problems. Here are the main components that a home inspection covers:

  • Home structure
    • Foundation, grading and drainage, roof covering, roof structure, interior and exterior attic walls, ceilings and floors, interior and exterior doors, windows, stairways, fireplace and chimney, porches, balconies, decks, attached carports, and crawl space.
  • Electrical
    • HVAC system, heating equipment, cooling equipment, ductwork and vents, fixtures and switches, branch circuits, receptacles, service entrance and panels.
  • Plumbing
    • Water heater and equipment, drains, waste systems, vents, and plumbing fixtures.
  • Appliances
    • Garage door openers, garbage disposal, dishwasher, exhaust range, range hood, bathroom exhaust fans, cooktop, oven and microwave.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

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