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Top 10 Home Inspectors near Apple Valley, AL

4.9
from 29 reviews
4.9
(29)
GREAT VALUE
  • 13 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
"Excellent experience. Mr. Clark discovered things in my new home inspection that I would have never thought of or knew about. Very worth it!"

$275

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5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
"Zach was outstanding! I strongly recommend SmartMove Inspection if you are looking for a professional, thorough company to conduct your home inspection. Purchasing a home can be an uneasy investment, and having a home inspection is a must; it's a good feeling to know you have a well experienced home inspector when you're about to make such an important/expensive investment. SmartMove was DEFINITELY the right move for me. "

$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

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I was impressed with his knowledge about how household systems work. He was more than courteous and took the time to show me the items that were concerns. I would recommend him as an inspector to my friends and family."

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 3 years in business
"Excellent work company is very talented. Very pleased with there work."
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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

estimated cost

5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 21 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"We are looking forward to more remodeling work to be completed by Shields Home Improvement"
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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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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to get a house appraised and inspected?

Home appraisals and home inspections both assess your home and provide a report summarizing the condition or value of your home based on key measurements. Unlike a home inspection for the sale of a property, a home appraisal is used for loan applications, property value assessment for sales or settlements (divorce, estate, etc.), and taxes and insurance. If you’re having your home appraised for lending purposes, you’ll likely need a state-certified appraiser, so be sure to your research their credentials. Nationally, the average cost for a home appraisal is $340.

If you’re buying or selling a home, having a professional home inspection can be an invaluable tool for price-setting and negotiation, as well as learning what repairs are necessary. The national average home inspection cost is $310, ranging higher or lower depending on the inspection company, your location and the size of your home. Other factors that can affect cost are additional inspection services and pathogen testing. Here are some examples of average home inspection costs in various parts of the country:

  • Home inspection in New York City: $425 or more.
  • Condo inspection in New York City: $200 or more.
  • Home inspection in Central Texas: $250 for homes up to 2,000 square feet.
    • $275 for homes from 3,001-4,000 square feet.
    • $300 for homes from 4,001-5,000 square feet.
    • $325 for homes 5,001 square feet and up, plus 10 cents per additional square foot.
  • Home inspection in Los Angeles: $199-$299 or more.

How long does it take to do a home inspection?

On average, you can expect a standard home inspection to take two to three hours. Your house size can affect inspection length, as can requesting additional services such as sprinkler system inspections, outbuilding inspections, radon testing, crawl space inspections, or pool house inspections. During the home inspection, the professional will be taking photos and looking in and around all parts of your home. The inspector will then compile a report that may be more than 20 pages. You should receive this report back within a few days to a week. The report should detail everything from minor imperfections and maintenance recommendations to major defects that need to be resolved as soon as possible, like structural failures or a leak in the basement. Your report should include photos and clearly outlined information about all major elements inspected, as well as recommendations for next steps.

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