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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 Dayton home inspectors
Nicole S.
Paul was very thorough with the home inspection. He was also prompt with the report!
Paul's Home Inspections LLC.Paul's Home Inspections LLC.
Courtney J.
Professional and Thorough. If you want it done right and timely, Mr. Wilfong is your guy. Inspection report was received almost immediately afterwards. Completely detailed with photos. Report was worded in “ Layman terms “ not that complicated jargon that some inspectors give. Thanks Wilfong Home Inspections! I’ll be calling you again!
A+ Wilfong Home Inspections, LLCA+ Wilfong Home Inspections, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
After Pauls completed the inspection, im still in the market for a house. Paul was very thorough and discussed estimated costs of immediate repairs needed as well as deferred costs and when buying a home for X amount of money you need to factor in these costs to understand the real price you will pay for the home and or structure. More importantly Paul had the safety and security of my family front of mind and identified a major saftey concern in the home. As i stated im on the market still for a home and i will be calling him again when im ready and would recommend Paul to anyone who needs a house inspected. Thank You Paul!
Paul's Home Inspections LLC.Paul's Home Inspections LLC.
Tina M.
Travis did a full home inspection for me. Very friendly, informative, & thorough. I received the full report by email. The report was professionally constructed and easily understood. I would highly recommend him.
Accurate Inspection ServiceAccurate Inspection Service
Lawrence G.
EXCELLENT***** I met with Paul while he was there. He explained what he was looking for in his inspecting. I realized that he sees things as they are, while I was seeing things as I wished them to be. He even promised to do a follow-up after I get some corrections from the seller. Home -Inspection is a must for any prospective buyer! Paul is the best.
Paul's Home Inspections LLC.Paul's Home Inspections LLC.
Emily S.
Travis far exceeded our expectations! As first time home buyers, there is a lot we don't know, and Travis did a wonderful job explaining things to us as he went through the inspection. He did a very thorough inspection and gave us a detailed report. He also went above and beyond to do additional radon testing. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Accurate Inspection ServiceAccurate Inspection Service
Thumbtack Customer
Paul is a down to earth honest man with safety in mind. Paul delivered an in depth inspection report on our first home. Pays great attention to detail and meticulous at what he does. I highly recommend Paul for his professionalism, honesty, price and insight. Look no further... Hire Paul.
Paul's Home Inspections LLC.Paul's Home Inspections LLC.
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