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Top 10 House Inspectors near Saint Louis, MO

5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"James did an amazing job and was very helpful and professional throughout the entire process. My wife and i feel much more at ease about buying our new home due to the attention to detail and variety of services he was able to offer including the gas appliance safety inspection which found a defective furnace. I would highly recommend turn key home inspections to anyone."

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5.0
from 28 reviews
5.0
(28)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 10 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
"Rob and Lynn were outstanding! They were great at keeping in contact with me, and providing a detailed report of our inspections. They are definitely pros at what they do; finding small details many other inspectors probably don't look that close at. As a first time home buyer, they were excellent at explaining beneficial information to look for and how to maintain our home. They took their time and I did not feel they were rushing at all. I will be recommending them to others!! Great price for the skills and knowledge that they have. True Pros! "
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5.0
from 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"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."
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4.7
from 15 reviews
4.7
(15)
  • 31 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
"helped out giving suggestions on improving the house. explained in detail all questions we had. I would recommend him for your home inspection needs."
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4.8
from 12 reviews
4.8
(12)
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"I appreciate the efforts made by Archway Clean Sweep in performing the necessary repairs to my chimney and roof. I did not want to do this myself."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Brandon helped us get our house ready to sell and once we sold the house he fixed some things at the new house that we moved in to. We used him for both drywall and carpentry, as well as other household things such as baseboards. I highly recommend."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 2 years in business
"Very professional. Thorough. Was able to make an educated decision on my new house. Sam is a knowledgeable asset. 2 thumbs up!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Mark handles home inspections in a very professional manor. He is keenly aware of what to look for and he goes the extra mile to find what is causing a problem. "
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4.0
from 5 reviews
4.0
(5)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been using Beyer General Contractors on ALL my projects. They have hung gates, fixed fencing for me, built me two horse stalls from scratch, hung outdoor lights, fixed stall doors and last but definitely not least they are building me my indoor riding arena! This a company that knows how to seriously do ANYTHING. Not only do they know how to do anything and everything, their quality of work is top notch.. they make sure everything is done perfectly and how they would want it done if it was theirs. They also have amazing communication, you will never be out of the loop on status of work, etc. I can't say enough good things about this company. HIGHLY recommend!!!"
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5.0
from 35 reviews
5.0
(35)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 20 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
"Tim did a fabulous job!! He was very knowledgeable solved my problem-inspected my chimney and cleaned it! Very reasonably priced! Will be using him again for sure! Thanks so much Tim! "
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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 does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

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.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

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