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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 Matthews home inspectors
Kyle R.
Jonathan was great, friendly, excellent communication and easy to work with to schedule the appointment and let me shadow the inspection. Very, very thorough inspection and straightforward recap of discoveries. I recommend Jonathan with great confidence and will be using him for home inspections again in the future.
Outlook Home Inspections, LLCOutlook Home Inspections, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Gary was very thorough and was able to provide the inspection report in a timely manner. Should I purchase another home I will definitely not think twice about having Gary inspect as well
All About Homes Inspections, LLCAll About Homes Inspections, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Donald did a great job and is very thorough. I highly recommend him for your home inspection jobs.
ECI InspectionsECI Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
I was closing on a house in 3wks and where most inspectors are booked for at least that long, Gary was able to make accommodations to inspect much sooner. He was very professional and painstakingly thorough. His prices are also lower than most of his competition. Gary finished the inspection at 5pm and had the report to me by 11pm that same day. I have dealt with other Charlotte area home inspectors before and Gary is far and away, the best I've ever worked with. He didn't just point out faults in the home, but suggested multiple options on repairs. The house Gary inspected for us was 2700sf, built in 1978, 3BD/3BA w/ bonus room, on a crawl.
All About Homes Inspections, LLCAll About Homes Inspections, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Gary Gorman is a true professional inspector. He thoroughly went over the house and addressed things I knew about and didn't know about. He answered questions I had and everything went well. This inspection was done before I put my house on the market for sale. Glad I did this because I know what repairs are needed before showings. I encourage everyone to get house inspected before putting it on the market. And most of all, have Gary Gorman, All About Homes Inspections, inspect it. Yes, I highly recommend him. His price was the lowest out of three quotes. Jeanette H Matthews, NC
All About Homes Inspections, LLCAll About Homes Inspections, LLC
Samuel T.
Don responded right away and was very thorough in his work. His home inspection report covered everything from top to bottom and was complete with pictures. I would highly recommend him and will be sure to use his services again.
ECI InspectionsECI Inspections
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