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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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Shaker Heights home inspectors
Terrance H.
Mike was very professional, knowledgeable and nice. Even though I knew nothing about the home inspection process, he explained in detail and left me appreciative and empowered. I would definitely recommend Protective home inspections!
Protective home inspectionsProtective home inspections
Maya S.
Townline home inspections is where it is at!!! I am so happy I chose him to do my hone inspection for my home. He was very thoughtful, thorough, patient and really cares about his work. He was personable and really made more comfortable with buying my home. Anything that was wrong he went into detail and gave recommendations as well. I was able to get the items fixed by the seller which was because of how thoroughly he did the inspection. Thank you soooooooooo much!!!
Townline Home InspectionsTownline Home Inspections
Betty X.
Mike is very professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. He responded to my inquiries promptly and arrived at inspection property ahead of schedule time. Truly outstanding. I will highly recommend Mike and BareFOOY Home Inspection to my friends. Thanks!
Your BareFOOT Home InspectorYour BareFOOT Home Inspector
Timothy J.
Jeff was honest and professional he came out on short notice. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a home inspection.
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
Don H.
James took great care to share his insights as well as potential strategies for addressing the items he found during the home inspection. He also was willing to support in ensuring that work that would be completed to address issues would be overseen by him. This is above and beyond his inspection work. Well done. I highly recommend him.
Veterans InspectionsVeterans Inspections
Nick M.
Jeff did a great job. A+!!! He was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions I had. The home inspection report was very detailed and included photos. I would recommend his services.
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
Ann I.
Jeff was very thorough,professional, friendly and provides gold star service.It is clear he cares about his customers and providing an excellent service. He takes his time,answers all questions and is genuinely interested and follows through and is very knowledgeable in his field. Also His price is incredibly reasonable. He inspected my home and as a first time buyer I was nervous. He helped dispel worries and put my mind at ease as a result of his expertise and knowledgeable answers. I would highly recommend Jeff for a home inspection.
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
Vivian W.
It was a great experience and very affordable. Mike was AWESOME!! He helped me to understand the report and plus he made it so easy to read. I enjoyed speaking with him about my concerns because he answered all of my questions. I would DEFINITELY recommend him to anyone who needs a home inspection.
Protective home inspectionsProtective home inspections
David H.
I had a great experience with Jeffrey of Inspection Professionals of Ohio. He preformed a very thoughtful and thorough assessment of the property. Jeffrey's experience was evident in the way he went through each area of the home bringing his concerns to my attention. I expect his written report to be just as thorough since he prepared for the job in advance, arrived on time and took 1,000 pictures. Hire him!
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
If you dont hire him you're just throwing your money away or dont know any better, this man climbed on my roof had me up there showed me what was wrong. He is very knowledgeable about his work. I wish I had 10 homes for him to inspect I felt like I was with a family member, just so comfortable with him. I left the house came back and he was doing things that had my mouth wide open like WOW this man is checking stuff I had no idea should be inspected..... Like I said if you don't hire this man you're simple minded or a dumb ass!!
Selfmade Solutions LLCSelfmade Solutions LLC
Tishanda S.
Jeff was great, he was very thorough even though it was a smaller house. He took time to explain things to me in detail and his report was very detailed and easy to follow. He was very punctual and actually started on the exterior before I arrived and then went over everything with me. He had a pleasant attitude the entire time and made this experience a lot easier. I highly recommend him for home inspections.
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
Brittany C.
We’re first time home buyers and Mike was great! He was very quick to respond to our inquiry and able to fit us in during the time frame we needed. He was very friendly, professional and thorough. He disclosed his major findings at the inspection and we received our even more detailed report the very next morning. Will definitely be using him if we ever need to again and will recommend to friends!
Your BareFOOT Home InspectorYour BareFOOT Home Inspector
Chet R.
Mike was very quick to respond to my inquiry about his services. We had our inspection scheduled with him within just a few hours. Mike was to the location early and got started right away. He was very thorough, offering explanations of items of concern while he was performing the evaluation. Mike was helpful in answering questions throughout the process. Mike was thorough and caring. We received the written report within 24 hours and had solid information to make decisions for proceeding with our home purchase. His pricing was right in line with other area home inspectors. I highly recommend his services.
Your BareFOOT Home InspectorYour BareFOOT Home Inspector
Elizabeth B.
Jeff responded very promptly with the initial request. He arrived at the house early, but since I had some concerns he complied with the request to wait until I got there. He did start but went over what he saw when I arrived. He answered all my questions and concerns during the inspection just from my facial expression. The price is very reasonable and the value was superb, by taking an ample amount of pictures to reference. He pointed out long-term issues that may arise and everything was checked as if he was buying the home for his family.
Inspection Professionals of Ohio, LLCInspection Professionals of Ohio, LLC
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