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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 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.

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.
Reviews for Columbus home inspectors
Thumbtack Customer
Don was excellent! He was able to inspect the home on very short notice. He did a very thorough inspection and I had the results of the inspection withing a couple hours after that. He really did his research and his inspection will end up saving me money. I highly recommend Don and I would use him again.
A Reality Check Home Inspection,LLCA Reality Check Home Inspection,LLC
Jessica O.
Michael was great, his reporting is excellent and we are very happy to have employee him for our home inspection.
Heritage Home InspectionsHeritage Home Inspections
Vanessa M.
Very helpful and knowledgeable inspecting the duct work in my old home to make sure there were no big issues before purchase
IPO Properties, LLCIPO Properties, LLC
Sarah M.
You cannot go wrong with "Welcome Home" Home Inspections. They are honest and really care about the people they help. I would gladly recommend them to all my family and friends.
"Welcome Home"  Home Inspections"Welcome Home" Home Inspections
Antoinette L.
I highly recommend Mr Brady for your home inspection BECAUSE he gives you a thorough inspection and if you're anything like me, inexperienced with mostly everything that has to do with buying a home and it's process, having someone explain everything he's doing in his inspection and being thorough and taking his time while doing it, it eases your mind. I'm telling you, it was sure an eye opener and I'm glad I was blessed with someone with as much experience and professionalism as Mike has
Heritage Home InspectionsHeritage Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Don and his daughter were fantastic. They both really helped us understand what we were looking at/for with our home inspection. I would highly recommend him to anybody. Thanks!
A Reality Check Home Inspection,LLCA Reality Check Home Inspection,LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Stepp arrived early and preformed a detailed inspection. He explained everything as we walked through the inspection together. I can feel more confident in buying my first home thanks to his expertise and experience. His report was finished in detail with photographs in less than 24 hrs. A great family business that I would recommend to anyone.
A Reality Check Home Inspection,LLCA Reality Check Home Inspection,LLC
Dan P.
My home inspection was done in a very timely and professional manner. ward was clean in his work and very thorough. He was on time to the appointment and he was prompt on his final summary of his findings. I would highly recommend his services!
IPO Properties, LLCIPO Properties, LLC
Whitney T.
Michael inspected our home back in January and we were very impressed with not only his attention to detail but also his knowledge about home maintenance. As first time home owners we didn’t know what to expect or look for but he took his time explaining things and gave us tips for our new home. Even our realtor was impressed. The report he provided was also very detailed and helpful. I would definitely recommend him!
Heritage Home InspectionsHeritage Home Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Mr.Stepp was very personable and very knowledgeable. He explained everything to me as we went along and was even kind enough to speak with my father via phone because he was unable to be there in person. Mr.Stepp made this unfamiliar process very easy for me to understand. I received my report in under 24hrs. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a home inspection, especially those unfamiliar with the home buying process. Excellent work, on time and very professional. I would definitely use his services in the future if need be.
A Reality Check Home Inspection,LLCA Reality Check Home Inspection,LLC
Lane T.
Ward was great, he was able to come out next day on a Sunday in less than 24 hours after speaking with him. On time, and definitely knew what to look for. He even got on the roof, and gave a free termite inspection. Which most people don't do. His report was well laid out, with picture and video. Broken down in the report were different categories showing what could be done yourself, hired out or just to keep an eye on. I would recommend Ward to anyone buying a home.
IPO Properties, LLCIPO Properties, LLC
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