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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.

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 Jennings home inspectors
Norman T.
Rob I was very please with your professionalism and through inspection of my future home. I could not have had a better person perform the inspection. I will not hesitate to refer you to anyone needing your services Thanks
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
Thumbtack Customer
We met with Robert and Lynn on a Sunday morning at 9:00AM. They thoroughly inspected our home which took about two and a half hours. We had the entire report in our inbox by Sunday evening. Excellent Job! The team were both extremely knowledgeable and I learned a lot from them as they inspected. They didn't mind that we were there and showed us everything along the way. They were excellent for every step of the way. They checked every possible thing they could check in the home. Can't say enough about them. Please consider them if you are looking for an honest and efficient home inspection. A big Thank you to Robert and Lynn!
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
Carmen R.
He was VERY informative and thorough, he took his time and explained everything i definitely recommend him for ANY home inspection. The staff is awesome and very accommodating as well
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
Susan M.
Rob an Lynn provided a very thorough inspection of my home prior to selling it. They were so helpful in guiding me on sequence of repair work and on ways to go about selling the house. I wish I had done this type of inspection before now - it was so helpful and worthwhile. I highly recommend ATM, and I would certainly use ATM again!
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
Callie D.
First time homer buyer and he really walked me through everything. He explained what he was doing and he also explained why something was not correct/needed to be fixed. Overall I would recommend ATM Home Inspection to anyone around me.
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
Megan B.
I was extremely satisfied with the services Bill offered through Smart Choice Home Inspections. I had gotten many quotes and he was the most affordable. He responded extremely quickly, showed up early, was able to complete the inspection within 2 business days of contact and had the write up to us within 48 hours (this was for a 1908 duplex, so it was quite extensive). Bill seemed to have a very strong knowledge of all of the areas that he was inspecting. I would say the only criticism I would give is that a little more proofreading/editing would make his final report look that much more professional. I will be recommending Bill to everyone I know.
Smart Choice Home InspectionsSmart Choice Home Inspections
Miles D.
My wife and I have gotten two previous home inspections over the past 3 years, and I wish we had Rob and Lynn from ATM do our previous inspections. The amount of knowledge between the two of them is amazing, but what exceeds the standards, is their strong desire to educate and want to help homebuyers. It is very clear that they, without a doubt, truly care for their clients. Very thorough, communicative, and so so soooooo friendly. Don't look anywhere else, ATM is who you want in your corner!
ATM Home Inspection LLC   STLATM Home Inspection LLC STL
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