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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 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.

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 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 Minneapolis home inspectors
Matthew A.
Eric did a fantastic job inspecting the home. His attention to detail is unmatched and professionalism is top-notch!
ConstructSPEC Home InspectionConstructSPEC Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
He did a great job!! Also advised me of a sewer main inspection based on the home history and age.
North Country InspectionsNorth Country Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Great service, Erich is a real professional with extensive knowledge in home inspections. I learned a lot from him. He would do follow up inspections once the issues are taken care off to make sure they are taken care of. I am waiting for the follow ups and looking forward to it. I am glad I hired him for my home!
ConstructSPEC Home InspectionConstructSPEC Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
Todd Devine performed a home inspection of a house that I am willing to buy. He accepted to schedule an inspection in a very time constrained calendar and he accepted to provide me with the final report in a very short time. He was at the property with respect to the agreed appointment. He did the inspection for over 3hours examining every corner of the house inside out and from the roof and the attic to the basement. After that, Todd offered me a walk-though of the property in order to take the time to outline and clearly explain the major issues he found. The final inspection report was professional, complete and concise. I strongly recommend Todd Devine for any new home buyer. Thank you Todd
Devine InspectionsDevine Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
This was my first home buying experience, and Todd was the perfect inspector to have for me. He is very detailed and does an incredible job explaining every issue that arises. Beyond the inspection itself, he provides a quality report detailing everything. Two thumbs up! If I had kids, I would trust Todd to do their inspection :)
Devine InspectionsDevine Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Chad was the first to respond to my inspection request. His website was easy to understand and he lived up to his reputation. He provided me a very detailed report and found many things that I used to negotiate a better home buying experience for myself. I would suggest North Country Inspections to any homebuyer and will surely use them again in the future.
North Country InspectionsNorth Country Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Erich was very professional and thorough with our home inspection a couple weeks ago! He not only had a defined methodology, but also an approach to help us understand his logic and thoughts with each step in the process - very informative feedback. We are confident that every aspect of our house was inspected and documented in the detailed follow up report. I would highly recommend ConstructSPEC!
ConstructSPEC Home InspectionConstructSPEC Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
Chad did an amazing job with our home inspection. He explained everything really well and offered a lot of great advice as to minor things to consider and the major things to not overlook. Couldn't have asked for a better inspector!
North Country InspectionsNorth Country Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
We really enjoyed working with Erich on our home inspection. I was impressed by how prompt he was in getting back to me re: our quote and in providing our inspection & radon reports. He got the radon tester set up on the property the same day we requested quotes from him! He is very personable and approachable, so my husband and I didn't feel silly asking questions. I would work with Erich again and recommend that you work with him, too.
ConstructSPEC Home InspectionConstructSPEC Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Chad was a great and smooth process. Was able to do the inspection the next day. As we did the walk through he was very informative as to what we should be concerned about and what to look for. As first time home buyers we were very satisfied with Chad and his knowledge.
North Country InspectionsNorth Country Inspections
Andrea J.
Erich with ConstructSPEC was so helpful for our home inspection. First of all, he had one of the best prices we saw while searching. He was very responsive and willing to work with our schedule. During the inspection he was extremely thorough, walked us through any issues he saw in our house and helped us understand what it would take to fix it, how much it would cost, what materials we could use and when he thought it would need to be fixed by (primary vs. secondary concern). Would absolutely recommend him to all! Thanks Erich!
ConstructSPEC Home InspectionConstructSPEC Home Inspection
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