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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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Jacksonville home inspectors
Edgardo M.
He communicated the same day to confirm appointment. Arrived on time as scheduled, performed a very in depth 4 point & Wind Mitigation inspection, and quickly sent the reports. Would use again and recommend to anyone that needs a Home Inspection or wants to make sure your home is up to specs.
RICHMARK Home InspectionsRICHMARK Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
As first time home buyers my husband and I researched a few home inspection companies and came across this one. We submitted a quote request through thumbtack over the weekend and Frank got back to us within 30mins. Frank was very friendly and knowledgeable. The day of the inspection, he walked us through the inspection process and provided great feedback on items we should address. I highly recommended this home inspector as my husband and I were very pleased with the service, flexibility and experience.
Gate House WatchGate House Watch
Thumbtack Customer
LaVerne was very detailed in his home inspection of my new home! He was on time, great to work with and I would use him again in a heartbeat! Thank you!
L L Spencer InspectionsL L Spencer Inspections
Sherrell R.
Brad did an excellent job with our new home inspection!!!!!! He took his time and also advised what his findings were and answered all of my questions. Will definitely be hiring him to do our 10-mth inspection.
First Light Home InspectionsFirst Light Home Inspections
Miss R.
Mr. Cutter was able to give me a detailed report after the inspection. He was punctual, responsive to my messages, explained and answered all of my questions. He took photos of all the things that need to be repaired or replaced. I recommend to get your home inspected by Mr. Cutter. My mortgage company did not require a home inspection but is better to be safe than sorry. I'm happy with their services and will hire them again in the future. Thank you Dwell Spec.
Dwell SpecDwell Spec
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure working with Donald. He was well priced in the market. He also conducted a very professional inspection with the result in my inbox within 24 hrs. He discovered a serious electrical problem that I was able to show the seller. My Realtor was very impressed by Donald's work as well. I would highly recommend him for home inspections in Jacksonville
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Bryan M.
Don did an excellent job. Showed up on time, had all the equipment needed to make a good observation for the inspection. I have sold 3 houses in my past and I know and understand how home inspections work. He did a great job. Highly recommended to anyone that needs him. He also gives a good military discount as well.
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Thumbtack Customer
Donald is a very professional home inspector. He took is time to look at everything in and outside of my house. He pointed out little things that could have been overlooked. That is what impressed me about Donald. He inspected my home as though it was his. It was a very good experience. I will recommend him to everyone.
Home Inspections By DonHome Inspections By Don
Thumbtack Customer
We found Don while looking for home inspectors online. Being first time home buyers trying to stay within a certain budget and knowing little about what to look for, we were nervous about getting the right price and a comprehensive and thorough inspection to satisfy any worries we had about the house we were about to purchase. After getting a few outrageous quotes from some of the bigger outfits in town we realized we wanted someone who was truly representing the customer. Don did more than satisfy our needs and expectations with his home inspection services provided to us and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an honest job. Many Thanks Don!!!!
Home Inspections By DonHome Inspections By Don
Thumbtack Customer
Frank was quick, on time, took care of all the things I did not look at and would have cost ten of thousands of dollars. Im glad I hired him to look after my young daughters home purchase, which ended up a hot mess. The roof was no life left, elec not there or dangerous, plumbing also ready for more repairs. Thank god for franks brutally honest report , my daughter was able to get her deposit back and he will be doing another inspection for her new home she will make an offer in a couple weeks. There is nothing that could be better with the service provided at a reasonable cost. He also will babysit her home while she is deployed. Thank you again Gate House Watch and inspection, for your on point service.
Gate House WatchGate House Watch
Thumbtack Customer
As a self employed person I have discovered over the years that finding a complete stranger that has the same ethical ideas and the same sense of stewardship as myself, without having to be told what my ideas are, is a very rare occurrence. It just doesn't happen. Frank Smith was, in every way, this perfect person for us on the day he inspected the house we were contracted to buy. In short, we found a house, made an offer, and scheduled Frank for the home inspection. His findings revealed some serious issues that ultimately saved us A LOT of money. One might say, "that's his job..." and I would agree, but, he went to extra-ordinary lengths to make sure we understood the nature of the serious issues and the associated costs, AS WELL AS the issues that should NOT prevent us from buying the house. To me, this represents what I consider 'Full Disclosure'. We just really appreciated his effort at making sure that if we decided to move forward or cancel our contract...it was done for the proper reasons. From myself and my wife, this 'highly recommend' is given with no reservations, with the greatest appreciation, and with the promise that we will tell every person we know about him.
Gate House WatchGate House Watch
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