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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 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 Tampa home inspectors
Carla L.
If you are looking for a professional, fair priced, and knowledgeable home inspector, look no further! I hired Bert to do the inspection of a 1949 house, and as a first time home buyer, it was very important that I found someone who I could trust. After talking to several companies, I chose Home Inspections of Mid Florida as he was very thorough in explaining the process of home inspections and what to expect. He scheduled my home inspection a few days after the first phone call, and was extremely flexible when I had to reschedule. He arrived early and took his time explaining all his findings to me at the end of the inspection. To top off this wonderful experience, he provided the full inspection, 4 pt and wind mitigation reports the same day! I highly recommend Bert and Home Inspections of Mid Florida. 10 out of 10!
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Dee L.
I would definitely recommend Gordon if you need a home inspection. It was easy to get him scheduled to inspect the house. He was very thorough, and walked me through all of his findings at the end.
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Aaron W.
Gordon is a very honest and thorough inspector and I would highly recommend him for any size home inspections.
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Pablo V.
Steven did an excellent home inspection job of the property I hired him to perform. Report was issued on time.
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Steven t.
Gordon advice showed his extensive inspection knowledge and experience. I appreciated recommendations would solidify my worries for home purchase.
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Melene V.
I was extremely impressed with Optimum Home Inspections LLC! I reside in NC and I needed an inspection to take place on a property in Tampa, FL. Not an easy task. I am so pleased that I moved forward and set up an appointment with Inspector Steven Lobdell. I knew immediately that I could trust his guidance by his demeanor. We were able to communicate electronically with ease. he was willing to answer any question that I may have. His response time was excellent. The inspection took place exactly as scheduled and he presented the final report within 24 hours. I would highly recommend Optimum Home Inspections LLC for any of your inspection needs! I also hope to be working with them again! Thank you Steven! You truly are a blessing!
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Thumbtack Customer
Bert is by far a true pro when it comes to inspections, he was prompt and very informative when it came down to his report he covered every aspect of the home, if I had any questions they were quickly answer, I would recommend his services to whom ever needs an inspection done in the future.
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Grace S.
Pablo was very courteous and professional. He arrived early, and although, I was not present during the inspection, my son said that he explained everything he did while he was there very well. Pablo also showed him pictures of what he looked at before my son got there. He also got back to me after the inspection. I would highly recommend him to anyone who would need a home inspection.
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Michaela S.
Steven was punctual and easy to get in contact with. He was respectful of the current owners of the home who were present at the inspection. Overall was a good inspection, there was just some confusion of what he verbally told me after the inspection vs what was in the report (he said none of the windows opened, but his report reflected that he only attempted two due to owners’ belongings in the way). Also he would not revise the report when we asked him to put that the home was wood siding. Additionally wouldn’t revise the 4 point upon upgrading my electric panel, and simply said he was “unavailable” to come back to do another inspection.. probably because my initial review was only four stars. Was content at first but now wish I would have gone to another inspector from the get go.
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Jessica S.
Gordon was great! I needed a 4point inspection. He showed up on time and got right to work. He explained exactly what he would be doing and what he would be looking for. We wrapped up very quickly after he took all of his pictures and notes. The report was sent over in a few short hours. I’ll be calling him back for a full inspection on my next home.
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Candida F.
Steven is awesome, very informative, he gave us great rates, actually inspected two homes for and one was a very last minute request, same day availability. Got everything back within 48hrs would definently recommend using him...
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