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4.8
from 21 reviews
4.8
(21)
GREAT VALUE
  • 28 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"Sam first traveled to my home to review my work request and give me an estimate. I hired Sam to install a chandelier in my dining room, shelves in the laundry room, peg board in my garage, 2 ceiling lights in a walk in closet, window blinds, caulk 2 bath tubs, curtain rods, grab bar in bath tub and repair a ceiling fan. Sam was punctual, took care to protect areas he was working in and completed all work in a timely and professional manner. Sam takes pride in his work and it shows in the end results. The cost was very reasonable and I highly recommend Sam and will hire him for projects in the future."

$272

estimated cost

4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
  • 38 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"Dean provided a home inspection in downtown Frederick for me. He arrived a little earlier than I did, which gave him time to give the house a once over before the inspection really began. The inspection took about two hours for an 1100 square foot, 2 bed, 1.5 bath home. Dean was thorough and his years of experience were reflected in his attention to detail. What I appreciated most was how he managed to inspect efficiently while also making sure I understood everything he was doing and observing. Thanks so much for the great experience."

$350

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 14 reviews
4.9
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike was very detailed with his report and took a great deal of time going over the whole home during inspection. When he was done the inspection he took me around the home and showed me anything that may need attention later or immediately. He also included many photos which is great when going back over the report at a later time."

$300

estimated cost

4.9
from 61 reviews
4.9
(61)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Paul to provide an inspection and as always, he did a great job. He did his best in answering all of our questions, considering we only hired him for an hour long inspection."
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5.0
from 23 reviews
5.0
(23)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"Great service Shannon went above and beyond to make sure a home inspection was done and done right would recommend him to anybody and would use him again..."
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4.8
from 10 reviews
4.8
(10)
  • 33 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"We asked Jim to do a complete house mold inspection for a house we were under contract to purchase. We were concerned about previous flooding in the basement of the house, and we noticed areas of the garage ceiling that had been exposed to moisture. There was no visible mold. Jim used the latest spore collection methods and equipment, and he employed infrared viewing to inspect hidden spaces. As it turned out, Jim's expertise paid off. We were saved from making a very expensive investment in a house that showed evidence of toxic mold. We can't praise Jim enough. He is a professional educator who guided us through the process and helped us understand the significance of his findings. We would recommend him as a first choice to anyone in the Maryland area who wishes to have peace of mind about his or her home purchase."
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Very thorough and prompt inspection! Very satisfied with the service provided. Highly recommend."
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 14 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike spends sufficient time to look thru top to bottom. He is very thorough and the report shows all of the findings with the picture. He even adds things that the home owner should know in addition to what the home inspection contains. He is excellent."
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4.7
from 3 reviews
4.7
(3)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Prompt, responsive, through. Report in 24 hours"
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Rodney did a great job on our home inspection. He took his time and checked everything as if he was the one buying the home. He was kind and patient while we asked many questions during the inspection. Thank you for doing such a great job Rodney!"
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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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