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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 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.

Reviews for Doral home inspectors
Hasbleidy E.
I really like ETZ home Inspection, Hayder is very professional, reliable and very knowledgeable. He did two home inspections for us and I was very satisfied with the job and the reporta, reports are very detailed and very complete. Besides his fees are very reasonable. I definitely recommend ETZ home Inspections.
ETZ Home Inspections, Inc.ETZ Home Inspections, Inc.
Cristina B.
Trey completed my inspection and he was very thorough. The report was very detailed and I couldn't have asked for a better inspector! I recommend Thoroughbred for any home inspection you may need.
Thoroughbred Inspections - Home & CommercialThoroughbred Inspections - Home & Commercial
Cassaundra W.
I would highly recommend Enviro Home Inspections. He is my new go-to-company for anything housing related.
Enviro Home InspectionsEnviro Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Was quoted $220 for the home inspection, was changed and $100 more for a second trip to the property, this was the cost of during business. This cost was not accepted by me, and my credit card was charge any way.
SCI Certified InspectionsSCI Certified Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Home inspection. Prompt response to initial contact. Comprehensive exam, clear explanations of problem areas, verbal feedback follow up with written step by step instructions. Very professional and personal in providing information.
Arenal Engineering Corp.
Jeffrey m.
Howard was well knowledgeable and Friendly. My wife and I are a young couple, and we are purchasing our first home. I was extremely pleased with the entire inspection that was provided. The attention to Pin point detailed information that would have been over looked by the average eye was a key skill set that Howard has. All points were inspected and brought to our attention on site from the Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Attic, Crawl space, and the complete Exterior, and Interior of the home. Thanks again HB, we had an amazing experience.
Enviro Home InspectionsEnviro Home Inspections
Malissa M.
I highly recommend Roy and RSVP Home Inspection! Not only was Roy able to schedule a same day appointment with me, provide an excellent quote and show up on time, but the inspection he was made to do was particularly risky and disgusting. He was so professional, though, and thorough throughout the entire process, which was so fast (inspection report w/in 24 hrs!). The platform he uses to provide the inspection report is helpful and user friendly, and includes photos and videos, as well as recommendations for DIY or professional repairs! But Roy went above and beyond to respond and communicate with me about any question I had after the report was produced, which were many. He also appears to have many professional contacts in the home building/ renovation industry. Roy is a good man to know in the housing market. Please spread the word about RSVP! Very high quality! Thanks, Roy, for the great experience!
Rsvp home inspectionRsvp home inspection
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