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Top 10 House Inspectors near Buffalo, NY

4.9
from 83 reviews
4.9
(83)
GREAT VALUE
  • 23 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
"William was very thorough and felt I was in good hands! Will definitely recommend him to future home inspectors"
$250
estimated cost
4.9
from 36 reviews
4.9
(36)
GREAT VALUE
  • 17 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I hired Elementary Home Inspection to do our new home inspection and we give him our recommendation. Al was prompt in his responses to our questions, punctual and professional at our appointment, thorough in his inspection, and we received the full report electronically the next morning. I liked that he sent us both a complete report on all of his findings as well as a summarized version, which is handy, and easy to understand. Al is not an "alarmist" as some home inspectors can be- he didn't look for any 'problems' that weren't there, but instead gave us an honest overview of the entire house. He was both thorough and efficient in his work, and I am much more confident in our purchase as a result. I recommend him to anyone in need of a home inspection. Thank you Al!"
$275
estimated cost
5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 9 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"Dan & Mike came out to do my home inspection today. I have called other inspectors with whom I still have yet to hear back from. I called Dan on Thursday, needing an inspection done this weekend. He was very professional on the phone, and booked me in immediately, without hesitation. He was very flexible and even offered to do the inspection that day. Dan followed through with me and called to confirm our appointment an hour before hand. When I showed up, he and Mike were already there inspecting! They were both extremely thorough with EVERY detail of the inspection, and even offered recommendations on how to fix/improve things not necessarily relevant to the inspection. I couldn't be happier on how everything played out today. They explained everything in complete detail in a way that I coukd understand. I even got the report before we left, so I didnt have to wait for anything! I would use Comfy Zone again and again in the future. This is my first home, and they made the process so easy! Thank you Dan & Mike for your help today! I am forever grateful for you! Leave the guesswork out of who you will choose for your home inspection! I will HIGHLY recommend them to everyone I know who needs a home inspection!!!"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Dave Jakubowski is a highly professional home inspector. Recently we were selling and buying a new home and requested that Dave complete the inspection. He arrived at the appointment promptly and was extremely professional in determining any issues that we would have overlooked. Due to Dave's diligence and keen eye, we were able to sell our home without any hidden issues. When purchasing our new home, we again requested Dave's services. There were some issues in the basement that Dave uncovered and we were able to have them repaired prior to moving in. We highly recommend Dave for any of your home inspection needs."
$225
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Kaluzny home inspections was very thorough, professional, and helped me to make a informed decision regarding the purchase of the property. Without this inspection I would never have known the hidden issues that I would have felt with after buying the house. He saved my family thousands of dollars. I am very pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home. Also the turn around time to receive the report and pictures was very short. Your family will be in great hands when using this company."
$300
estimated cost
4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"Great job on our house inspection. He was the least expensive quote we received. He was very thorough and knowledgeable. My wife and I were both very impressed."
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 12 years in business
"Many of our clients have used PCI Home Inspection for this important aspect of the home buying/selling process. Jeff Rodino is thorough, knowledgeable and helpful."
$275
estimated cost
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Very, very thorough home inspection and provided much knowledge to the buyers during the process. Would recommend for sure!"
$350
estimated cost
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Iuse AP Home services for all my Home Inspections .Tony is thorough, professional and very knowledgable. My clients were impressed with how detailed and helpful the reports are.i highly recommend AP Home Services."
$450
estimated cost
4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"We were very pleased with Sylvan Connell our Home Inspector for the house we sold and the one we bought. We found him to be easy to get along with, but most importantly he is extremely thorough. Also his pricing to have the home inspected we found to be very fair. We would definately recommend Sylvan to do your home inspection, you won't be disappointed."
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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 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.

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 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.

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