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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 Raleigh home inspectors
Yan Z.
Peter (Owner) responded to our rather urgent request within the first day - confirmed on price and timing of inspection immediately so we can make a timed decision. Inspector Peter showed up on time. The home buyer inspection report was received within 24 hr of the inspection - it is rather thorough. Buyer was able to go to seller for repair credit and close the deal on time!! We will hire Crest Home Inspection again. thank you Yan @ Wake Property Management Group
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Laura G.
David did a great job with my home and termite inspection. He was very thorough, detailed, and quick with the report. I would highly recommend.
David Jones Home ServicesDavid Jones Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
John did an amazing job with the home inspection. His responses were punctual from establishing a quote, preparedness on the day of inspection, and with providing the final report. John explained things he found in a way that made you feel you were the expert. I'd use his service again and again when needed. Thank you so much!!!
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Mike J.
John was an absolute pleasure. He did an outstanding job, provided a very thorough and detailed inspection report. He was courteous to our questions, and answered as though the concern were his own home. Do not hesitate to hire John. 5 STAR!!
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John Y.
David responded promptly and came to my house to perform a preventive maintenance inspection within 24 hours. His 30+ years of experience was evident, as he identified some problems that other professionals had missed. Was very thorough and was able to provide solutions to the problems he identified. He did not try to upsell any other services, but did offer suggestions of other professionals whose work he recommended. I plan on using his inspections services annually to make sure my home stays in great condition.
David Jones Home ServicesDavid Jones Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Here's another great review for John. We did not need an official inspection, but wanted a general expert review of the structure and maintenance of our older brick ranch home. John did not rush us, but instead patiently provided very thorough and helpful answers. I learn a bucket of very useful information on what to fix and what was just cosmetic. The information I learned will more than pay for itself over time, and gave me considerable peace of mind that comes with understanding. Thanks John!
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Thumbtack Customer
I have been in the construction/housing business all of my life. The first thing that jumps out at you is the quick & professional communication. John responded to each phone call, text, and email. The detailed report was professional, included explanations, as well as pictures for each item being discussed. My overall impression: John knows his profession; is detail oriented; has excellent communication; and knows how to operate a business the old fashioned way with integrity and values. I normally don't leave much feedback & recommend people or businesses even less; however, I am praising Home Inspection Connection NOW! IF all of my other business associates conducted themselves like Mr. McDonald, my life would be much easier. Thanks John!
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