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  • 10 years in business
"The inspection was extremely thorough and Brad was very knowledgeable. He made our home buying experience that much easier!"

$295

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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Polite and professional home inspection."

$400

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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
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  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Mark is wonderful to work with, and does an excellent job! He arrives early, is extremely thorough, and his reports are detailed and easy to understand. As first time homebuyers, he didn’t skip a beat with telling us what we needed to know. I recommend Almost Home Inspection to anyone needing a top notch, thorough inspection!"
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Paul Medenbach owner of Lakeshore Professional Inspection Service, LLC is operating a top notch well run operation! Paul's intellectual and technical knowledge of the home inspection process from start to finish is fantastic. He promptly returned my phone call and explained and answered any questions that my husband and I had. Not only was he on time for the inspection, he actually arrive 15min early! Paul had the ability to communicate to us anything technical in a way in which we could both easily comprehend. He is very friendly, intelligent, and patient, especially as demonstrated by his ability to take the time to explain his process, answer any questions we had, and report review. His inspection report is extremely professional in presentation and technically detailed. Paul is a professional that you would easily welcome into your home! We were so thrilled with Paul, that we both have recommended him to family and friends! "
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Ruby did a great job inspecting my home. She was able to pin point minor things that needed updates. She was very thorough using an app with a check list, she took photos of problem areas. And she was very reasonably priced! I recommend her! Hire her..."
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Great service. Fair pricing and the work was outstanding. A+. Would do business with again."
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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Dale was thorough and spot on with great detail. I'm looking forward to seeing his completed report on my home inspection. Very nice to work with and I would recommend him."
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5.0
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Jason did a fantastic job! Great problem solver and extremely thorough. It says alot when a one man operation can install a 55ft run by himself, flawlessly, not to mention the rest of my home. I highly recommend Gutter Done Gutters and will use Jason's service in the future."
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  • 11 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"Cole brothers did a great job of working with us to understand what areas we needed to have repaired/remodeled. Their quote was fair and clear. Prompt morning starts were very much appreciated as both my wife and I had morning commutes. End of project things were cleared up well and we were very pleased. No reservations to hiring them again if needed."
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"Code Advisor, LLC is a West Michigan Based business offering Home Inspections, Commercial Property Inspections, Fire Protection, and Life Safety Consulting to the Greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan Areas. SERVICES OFFERED Home Inspections: Pre-Seller, Buyer, Seller, Condo/Apartment Commercial Property Inspections: Seller, Buyer Property Manager: Pre-Tenant, Life Safety Evaluation, Fire System Inspection Fire Inspections: Existing, New and Pre Construction Life Safety Evaluations Emergency Plan Development and Emergency Drill Evaluations Occupational Health & Safety Management Program Development Code Evaluation for Fire, Life Safety, IBC, and Fire Code"

$315

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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.

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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