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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.

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 New York home inspectors
Joan D.
Extremely satisfied with Pro Home. A professional inspection company, that I highly recommend.
House Pro Home InspectionHouse Pro Home Inspection
Evan C.
Would highly recommend Superior Home Inspection. Had a fantastic experience with the inspector. He was very professional and thorough with his inspection and delivered the report a day early! Look forward to working with them again.
Superior Home Inspection services Inc.Superior Home Inspection services Inc.
Svetlana J.
It was so easy working with Mark and Mikhail. In midst of so many other things that have to be done while purchasing a home, I was so grateful that this one thing went very smoothly. Mike was very responsive during our initial communication and we quickly scheduled the home inspection. Mikhail conducted the inspection, showing up on time and being very professional. They also gave me a fair rate, which wasn't the case with all the home inspectors I called. The apartment I needed inspected is miniscule, but in a high income neighborhood, which gives most people a permission to overcharge unjustifiably. I highly recommend them!
Superior Home Inspection services Inc.Superior Home Inspection services Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Zack gave me a very fair quote, was easy to communicate with, and showed up early for the job. He was impressively thorough and willing to walk my husband and I through the details of our very first home inspection. Our realtor, as well as the seller's realtor were also in attendance - they have been to many inspections and even they were impressed and said they would be referring future clients to Zack. We just received the 87 page report today, the day after our inspection, and we know this will be an extremely valuable resource as we move into our new home!
House Pro Home InspectionHouse Pro Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
Highly recommend Zach for anyone who is buying a new home. Zach did a thorough inspection for a coop apartment that I am interested. He is very professional, and checked a lot of details that one normally doesn't notice. Zach even helped me to find out violations of the apartment from the alteration. With knowing all the facts and estimate cost of repairing, it makes the purchase with pease of mind.
House Pro Home InspectionHouse Pro Home Inspection
Thumbtack Customer
"I really like the way he handled himself when the homeowner questioned his findings . He determined the roof was lacking the proper framing and ventilation which angered the homeowner, this is when Zach offered him a book (that was meant for me) explaining exactly what he meant. My real estate agent was so satisfied with his experience as a home inspector that she even took a stack of his cards to give away to her co-workers. He is very knowledgeable of all construction aspects. I HIGHLY recommend him. If the agent would hire him to inspect her homes you should also !!"
House Pro Home InspectionHouse Pro Home Inspection
Christian G.
As a first time homebuyer, I carefully researched home inspectors, and selected Steven based on everyone's excellent reviews as well as his 30+ years of experience. Let me echo everyone else that I had such a pleasant experience with Steven from beginning to end. He responds quickly, arrived early, a pleasure to talk to about the home-to-be-inspected and all other things about NYC (I learned much from him as a new resident of NYC/Manhattan). Steven is detail-oriented and identified even the tiniest issues. He remembers equipments/brands that might have been recalled. He saw everything and provided suggestions about how to resolve/fix. He provided a beautifully written and organized DETAILED report that he immediately emailed to me and my agent before we walked out the door! My agent and bank officer were also impressed with his work. Huge thanks to Steven, I am now feeling very comfortable and excited about purchasing my first home. STRONGLY RECOMMEND Steven for anyone and everyone. Best wishes and all the success, Steven! Looking forward to seeing you again at my next home purchase :)
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