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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 Orlando home inspectors
Thumbtack Customer
I needed someone instantly, and Carpenter Home Inspections was able to help me and my buyer. He even took time out to go over the inspection report thoroughly with me. I will surely be using Carpenter Home Inspections again.
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Dawn C.
E&H Inspections did an amazing job with my home inspection. My inspector was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, being able to answer all of my many questions. I give this company a solid 5 STAR rating and highly recommend them, if you are looking for an affordable home inspection.
E&H Inspections, LLCE&H Inspections, LLC
Javier C.
Optimum Home Inspections did an amazing job with our home inspection. Steven was friendly, extremely knowledgeable, polite and super professional he was able to answer all of our questions. He provided us with a well documented report on the same day.We give this company a solid 5 STAR rating and highly recommend Steven , if you are looking for an affordable home detailed inspection. A+
Optimum Home Inspections LLCOptimum Home Inspections LLC
Thumbtack Customer
There were a few hiccups with scheduling, but Mr Dooley went far above and beyond with the a combo of services including a general home inspection, a 4 point inspection, and a Wind Mitigation inspection. This being My first home he broke everything down to the simplest of laymans terms and helped me to understand what things needed to be done to improve the property.
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Ben R.
Xpress Inspections did a great job at my home, I could not be happier with the work they did!
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Thumbtack Customer
Anthony provided an excellent service. He was friendly, informative, prompt with replies and thoroughly professional. He provided a very competitive quote, and I employed him to undertake a home inspection for me. The report was exhaustive and well presented. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anthony Carpenter to anyone requiring a home inspection. Thanks Anthony!
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Philip S.
I hired Optimum Home Inspections to do a wind mitigation inspection. I’m very happy I did. Steven arrived promptly, had a lot of patience and even sent the report the same day. I would highly recommend him.
Optimum Home Inspections LLCOptimum Home Inspections LLC
Darren H.
Mr. Dooley arrived early and had already been on the roof to inspect when I arrived. He was very professional and straight forward about the issues in the home I was in the process of purchasing. He came on Saturday, and I had the inspection report the next day. I would highly recommend him if you want an honest, professional inspection.
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Grace T.
They were awesome! Despite the hiccup, my inspector acted with class and professionalism and did a thorough job in inspecting my first home! Will be using them again!
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Tiago F.
Jeff did a great job and took his time inspecting the home I am purchasing, very thorough and explained all the points that needed attention. He included the mitigation and 4 point inspection in the package which saved me money when shopping for homeowners insurance. Recommended!
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Thumbtack Customer
We had a very good experience working with Anthony. He was prompt and thorough in inspecting two different homes for us and provided an excellent and thorough report on both homes. We would recommend his services to anyone.
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Vo v.
It was a pleasure to do business with Bert. He was very professional and honest. The fee was fair and reasonable. If you need a home inspection, I recommend Mid-Florida LLC.
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Joe G.
Dwell Spec did an inspection for my client who is purchasing a home in the Orlando area. The whole process could not have been better. He was punctual, professional, and produced his report in a timely manner. I would highly recommend him for your inspection. Joe Godfrey Godfrey Realty Group
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Jennifer B.
Hector did a fantasic job! He showed up on time and performed the inspection in a courteous and professional manner. The entire process from scheduling the inspection to receiving the report via email promptly after the inspection was flawless. I had this wind mitigation inspection done at the advice of my insurance agent in hopes that it would qualify my home for a reduced homeowners insurance premium. By providing this report to my insurance company today, I saved over $1,000 on my yearly insurance premium! If you haven't had a wind mitigation inspection done before, you should definately consider it if you want to potentially have lower insurance costs. Thanks again, Hector. I will be providing your company info to all my friends and relatives!
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Greg F.
Pleasurable experience using Bert with Home Inspections of Mid-Florida LLC. Very detailed and great work quality, professional and punctual, and very responsive with any questions I had. Overall great experience and would use again.
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Darshan H.
Jeff Cutter is a great guy. He did a great job on my home inspection. He is very friendly, detailed, thorough and good quality work. He is also a good man to work with and go for lunch. :) I will recommend Jeff to any of my friends or relatives.
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Rolando Q.
Wow! It was a true pleasure working with Henry! He is completely flexible to make sure that the appointment meets your needs. He was on time, professional, friendly, knowledgeable, the list can go on! I would highly recommend him for any inspections you may need for your home
E&H Inspections, LLCE&H Inspections, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We arrived at the home on time and Anthony, along with the WDO inspector he recommended, were already there working. Being first time home buyers we weren't really sure what to expect. He helped us to understand what was wrong and what the next steps would be in "digging deeper" into the problems. By the end of the night we had our report in our inbox. From Anthony's inspection we have decided not to go ahead with the purchase.
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Ca-rin W.
What a pleasure working with someone so professional and easy to talk to! As first time home buyers we had no idea what was involved in an inspection. Jeff explained everything step by step, was very thorough and helped us understand what he found. And he was definitely the best price out there! I will recommend him to anyone.
Dwell SpecDwell Spec
Joel B.
I've purchased three homes in the past 5 years and have had a different inspector for each property. I've finally found someone who does thorough work at a fair price. Jeff knew his stuff and had the right tools that others have not in the past. Communication was excellent and fast and he moved his schedule around for me when the selling agent had to change the time. I will use Jeff next time I need an inspection and won't hesitate to recommend him to others.
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