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Top 10 Home Inspectors near Lackawanna, NY

4.9
from 81 reviews
4.9
(81)
GREAT VALUE
  • 23 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
"Bill was hired for a home inspection on a raised ranch. Bill was patient, thorough and answered all of my questions. "

$250

estimated cost

4.9
from 35 reviews
4.9
(35)
GREAT VALUE
  • 17 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
"it was a very welcome feeling having elementary home inspection Al Hasting do my inspection.he made me feel he was looking out for my best interest, couldnt ask for any better.thanks again AL"

$275

estimated cost

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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Keith did a fantastic job on my home inspection! He is very knowledgeable and professional. Will definitely recommend end end him to future buyers!!!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 9 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"great job on our home inspection! answered all questions we had and did a great job explaining everything to us! will be referring everyone to these guys!"

$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

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 hire 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."

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Dylan Crilly was professional and easy to talk to. He took the time to answer every question we had about the home we want to buy. The inspection report was easy to read and understand. Best Choice Home Inspections LLC website is professional and easy to understand as well. I also loved how easy it was to communicate either through email, phone call or chat on their website. He by far has been the best inspector we hired. I recommend Dylan to every new home buyer."

$300

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 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Very thorough and professional. Responds quickly. Highly recommend"
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4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"I am a first time home buyer and had Mike come out and do my home inspection on a two family property. He was very professional, very knowledgable, and did an extremely thorough inspection of the property. I was very satisfied with his inspection, the price and the report after the inspection; which was extremely detailed. He was very friendly and let me walkthru the property with him and answer questions I had. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a home inspection."
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Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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