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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Buffalo home inspectors
Thumbtack Customer
Bill did thorough inspection on the home I pre purchased. Hes down to earth and will point out exactly the good and bad things in your inspection report. He's very knowledgeable. Thanks . Larry.
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Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding home inspection. I definitely recommend him, you will get great satisfaction with his professionalism.
Karl's Home InspectionsKarl's Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Karl was efficient, on time and enthusiastic during our scheduled inspection for our new home! He was very knowledgeable and gave us great information in maintaining the quality of our home. The inspection was received in a timely manner and detailed. I would recommend him to everyone!! Thanks Karl! - Avery and Phylicia
Karl's Home InspectionsKarl's Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Mark Boeing's home inspection was really great. He was on time for inspection and regardless of bad weather did a thorough check of external home structure. He was spot on in identifying any issues inside the home and provided suggestion on severity of each observation. Although the report is not readily available and usually comes a day later, its totally worth the wait. Its quite detailed with pics, technicalities and really helps FH buyers like us to understand the observations clearly. Overall we were highly satisfied with Boeing Home Inspection. Thanks for the great work.
Boeing Home InspectionBoeing Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
William was GREAT! We are so happy with the service he provided. He even gave us advice on things to do as new home owners - will be highly recommending him to everyone who needs a home inspection!
Inspecting homes In Western New YorkInspecting homes In Western New York
Thumbtack Customer
very detail oriented,takes his time to do what needs to be done,takes time to explain and overall he is outstanding.The inspection report is very detailed and gives me an insight I would never have achieved,if you are buying a home I highly recommend this guy for inspection.
Karl's Home InspectionsKarl's Home Inspections
Terri H.
Adam was awesome and very professional. We were purchasing a home while still residing in another state and he made the home inspection process as easy as possible. He was very responsive and his report was very thorough. Cannot speak highly enough.
A.O. Pro Home Inspections LLCA.O. Pro Home Inspections LLC
Rashada S.
Bill recently performed a inspection for a home purchase for me and my husband. I thought overall the service was great. He provided a very detailed report which helped negotiate the sale price in our favor and he was very personable and responsive.
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Jared M.
Mark was honest and thorough in his inspection of the home I was looking to purchase. He went above and beyond what I have found to be typical for a home inspector. I had initially hired Mark because of his extensive electrical background due to my concern with the age of the home and the lack of updates that had been made. It turned out that the electrical was fine. Mark listened to my concerned and considered my input when putting together his final report. No stone was left unturned! He was was also able to recommend a licensed engineer who will be performing a full structural review on the home. It was a pleasure working with Mark and I would gladly recommend him to friends and family.
Boeing Home InspectionBoeing Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was very thorough in the inspection of the home we were looking at. He helped us and the current owner notice some big things and little things that needed to be worked on. I would suggest Mark to a friend or family. To add icing to the cake after we were done he gave me some of his personal contacts to help me get the place up and going.
Boeing Home InspectionBoeing Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
I was very pleased. Karl was able to accommodate me with very little notice. He seemed to do a very thorough job inspecting my new home. He explained things as he went along. (Which is great as I was there without my husband.) Although I know a lot of the aspects of a house, there are things I had never even heard of. Karl was patient and explained things as necessary. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Karl's Home InspectionsKarl's Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was extremely efficient, polite, and thorough. He explained everything that he was doing, showed us all the things that were wrong with the house/what would need to be fixed. Any questions we had, he answered in a way that was easy to understand but not condescending. He made us feel confident in understanding and realizing the things that needed to be fixed, and even recommended a handyman to us. I would absolutely recommend Mark for your home inspection, and I would use him again if ever I needed another one. You'll be very satisfied.
Boeing Home InspectionBoeing Home Inspection
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