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Top 10 Building Inspectors near Lawrence, MA

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4.7
from 40 reviews
4.7
(40)
GREAT VALUE
  • 22 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
"He did his job well and efficiently. He arrived early and started to look around the exterior of the condo building. His report was hand written on a pre-printed form, which was different from some of the inspectors who provided a typed extended report with photos. The advantage of working with him was that I obtained the report at the end of the inspection without waiting for a couple of days. It fit my tight timeline well. He definitely provided great services for the price."

$350

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 31 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Donny Lambert was unbelievably helpful and supportive in helping me sort through a leak from the bathroom above mine. It is going to be a matter of getting reimbursed after a lawsuit, unfortunately, and he provided information and paperwork to back up that process for me. I am in much better shape going forward to present my case after having Bona Fide do their testing and with Donny’s subsequent report. I’d refer them to absolutely anyone who wants to deal with professional, ethical and honest people that you can trust. They don’t remediate any mold levels that are problematic , so there’s no conflict of interest there. Great company! Highly recommend them!"

$245

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 31 reviews
5.0
(31)
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Dan was great to work with. He showed up to the property early and by the time I had arrived (15 minutes early) he was already prepared to point out a few things about the exterior of the home before the home inspection even began. My father in law joined me at inspection and Dan was incredibly welcoming to have him follow around the home and ask questions and point things out as well. Dans report was key in us going back to the sellers with our "final" offer on the home, we were very impressed with how diligent and detailed his report came back to us. His highlighted concerns were key in us discussing what should and should not be address with the sellers. Dan was absolutely fabulous to work with and made the inspection process enjoyable. I would refer his name forward as an inspector to any one going through the same process."
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4.9
from 28 reviews
4.9
(28)
  • 38 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"Larry provided a very detailed home inspection for a new construction condo in Boston. I had contacted him through thumbtack with short notice. I had interviewed other home inspectors but Larry did a great job. I also received a very professional inspection report with photos and details to provide for my punch list at the closing. He worked diligently with me and understood my concerns and challenges in purchasing new construction."
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Can’t say enough good things about Paul from Elite Home Inspections. He was knowledgeable, thorough, and took the time to answer all of our many questions. Price was great compared to others we researched, and he made the home buying process much less stressful. Highly recommend!"
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4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Greenhouse Home Inspection recently completed an inspection in Chelmsford MA. He crawled around in the attic, discovered moisture and mold. Suggested the condo association may have a plan to solve problem. Sure enough they did. His knowledge and experience is helpful to Buyers and sellers. I highly recommend Green House Home Inspectors."
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 24 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Marc did 2 home inspections for us within the past few months. At the first home, which on the surface looked great, he found many significant problems that ultimately made us decide not to purchase the house. Without his expertise, we would have missed these significant structural defects and I am sure we would have regretted our purchase. When we found another home a few weeks later, we used Marc's services again. Thankfully, this inspection went much better than the first and we are going forward with the home purchase. With each inspection, Marc was thorough, friendly and professional. He arrived at each home well ahead of the appointment time so he could do a good once-over of the exterior even before we arrived; he then shared all of this information with us. He spent about one and a half to two hours with us on each inspection (both homes were single-family, 3 bedroom houses). He answered all of our questions and gave us a very clear and detailed inspection report with photos within 24 hours of the inspection. I would happily recommend Marc Parella's home inspection services to anyone. "
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Kevin is very knowledgable and very patient. He answered all my questions to his best knowledge. I had very good experience working with him!"
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4.8
from 29 reviews
4.8
(29)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
"Ken was just incredible. I needed an inspection on a historic home immediately. He came out the same day and spent hours waking through the home and looking at all corners of the property inside and out. His electrician experience and education was invaluable and an added bonus. I really appreciated his synopsis at the end to help me understand the condition of the home and give me a sense of the scale and scope of the areas needing improvement. His knowledge of old homes is phenomenal. I will definitely be calling on him again and recommending to any friends or colleagues. Thanks for everything Ken!!!"
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4.7
from 72 reviews
4.7
(72)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 11 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
"PC Chimney systems helped us with our wood stove and chimney. They found a potential fire hazard that the home inspector missed! We are so grateful they were thorough and honest. Thank you!"
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Q & A

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.

How do you find a good home inspector?

A home inspection should tell you the true condition of a home. A competent home inspector closely inspects your home’s structure and foundation, looks for termites and signs of problems like mold, checks the wiring to ensure it’s in good condition, and investigates the HVAC system, among other items. To find a good home inspector, first research whether home inspection is licensed in your area; not all states require licensure.

If there is no regulatory body that licenses home inspection in your state, there are other ways to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy professional. Carefully look into the person’s reviews and ask for references. Ask if they are committed to continuing education, and whether they are active members in any reputable home inspector organizations. Some organizations that recognize and/or certify home inspectors are the American Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and American Home Inspectors Training. Don’t be shy about asking to see credentials and licensing.

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.

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