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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a good home inspector in D.C.?

To ensure you hire a reputable home inspector in the Washington, D.C., area, start by performing an online search. This way, you can view top-rated pros’ profiles, ratings, customer reviews and more. 

When you’re reading through the home inspectors’ profiles, look for information about their specialities and credentials. You can also ask the pros if they have any licenses or certifications. For example, they might have certifications from the Inter­national Association of Certified Home Inspectors, American Home Inspectors Training program or other associations.

Finalize your search by contacting at least three home inspectors, and ask them to send you cost estimates.

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 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.

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 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.

Reviews for Washington home inspectors
Ann K.
Leo was great - a thorough and informative home inspection, and very easy to schedule a convenient time!
Chesapeake Home Inspections llcChesapeake Home Inspections llc
Bevely Y.
Beyond satisfied with our home inspection from Andres. He was able to fit us in his schedule immediately. He was thorough, informative, and fairly priced! He even gave us recommendations on how to fix what was needed. I feel more confident about the home we are purchasing and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a quality inspection for their home!
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Callie K.
Leo was extremely professional, thorough and punctual. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an home inspection services.
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Peter F.
Ben is excellent. He has become my go to guy for home inspections. His pricing is reasonable. He is always on time. His work is thorough. He brings value to my business. My clients have always felt comfortable with his inspections and reports. When I need an inspection done, he is my first call.
Certified Building Inspections LLCCertified Building Inspections LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I reached out to Ben to complete a home inspection on a recently purchased property, and I would highly recommend his company. If I could give Ben 10 stars I would. He was flexible and accomdating with my schedule which I greatly appreciated. My new property is a multi family home and Ben took his time in each unit and thoroughly explained all inspection items. His wisdom was evident and it was a great learning experience for myself as a new home owner. Ben's prices were reasonable, and the final inspection report was even more comprehensive than I thought it would be. He exceeded my expectations and I will be using him for future inspections. Thank you again Ben. -Rod
Certified Building Inspections LLCCertified Building Inspections LLC
Yesenia A.
Go with this company if you need a thorough home inspection from a trustworthy duo! These guys did a great job. Very easy to communicate with and schedule. They inspected my Brookland row home in DC and didn’t miss a thing. The price was great, and they got the full professional report to me within a few hours of leaving the site. I really like that they’re not a huge corporation, more like a friendly small business. They’re attitude throughout the hot DC day was great. All I can say is that I will definitely reach out to them for my next home inspection and I’ll recommend to my friends. I wish all companies could be like this one!
BB Residential InspectionsBB Residential Inspections
Jeremy B.
Ben is great! Very professional. Very Clear. On-Time. Reliable. Great Communication. He did a great job of pointing-out and explaining his observations during the home inspection.
Certified Building Inspections LLCCertified Building Inspections LLC
Brandon J.
Inspection date was changed from original. Inspector couldn't get started without having payment first and didn't exhibit good customer service. Inspector took a long time -over 5 hours to inspect home and then 3 days to have report emailed after being reminded by us. If the name is next day-there should be both an inspector available next day and a report following the next day after insoection.
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