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Top 10 House Inspectors near Pittsburgh, PA

4.9
from 55 reviews
4.9
(55)
GREAT VALUE
  • 31 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
"We called for a house inspection and he arrived on time and walked us through each inspection segment. He also found a chimney problem that a previous inspection had missed. Sent us photos of all areas needing repair for future reference."

$300

estimated cost

4.9
from 30 reviews
4.9
(30)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 21 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
"My wife and I recently bought a home in south side flats using Steve as our home inspector. This was our first home purchase and were a little skeptical of other home inspectors but read all the great reviews on Steve Chioda so we picked him. Steve did a excellent job on both houses that he inspected for us. Steve takes his time and does a complete and thorough check of the entire building while letting us walk with him as he pointed out all the areas that needed attention. Steve is a honest, professional, friendly and the most reasonable priced inspector that you will find who will do the best inspection possible. I recommended Steve to my friend who just bought a house and he as well stated he was the best inspector he has ever had! Thanks Steve and keep up the excellent work! "
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Chris and his wife, Kristen was exceptional from start to finish. The cost was very reasonable and Chris took 3 hours doing the inspection - very thorough and as a home buyer I was very grateful. Unlike most inspectors, he walked on the roof as well. We had the inspection report that evening. He did 4 day radon testing. I would highly recommend Chris to any new home owners out there. His construction experience and knowledge was greatly appreciated. Thank you Chris and Kristen!!!"
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4.8
from 6 reviews
4.8
(6)
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeep was very helpful when installing our new flooring and renovating our bathroom. The new oak flooring looks great and the bathroom tile turned out better than expected. He is always very quick to respond when you have a question and always made sure we were on the same page for all points of the project."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 39 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"This was a good experience from start to finish. His receptionist explained everything to me very well and was helpful in scheduling my appointment, they got my inspection scheduled within 5 days. The price was competative. He showed up early to the inspection, was very professional and thorough, took his time and had an attention to detail. He provided me with a full organized report quickly. I like the service of recall check as well, which was free of charge and will be for the life of my appliances, highly recommend his services."
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5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike Watson was very professional. He spent the time needed in the home. His report was thorough and easy for me to understand. I would definitely recommend him if you are shopping for a home inspector. The thumb tack deal was a perk too. Thanks for everything. "
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4.8
from 119 reviews
4.8
(119)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 43 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
"Great home inspector. Reasonably priced. He took time to talk with me and didn't try to hurry up and run out the door!"
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"I hired 5 Star Home Inspections because I bought a home and had a home inspection, pest inspection, radon test, and mold test done. The owner is very knowledgeable and friendly. He was accommodating and was able to fit me in very quickly. Highly recommend!"
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  • 5 years in business
"I take my time and try and make the process a positive experience."

$305

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr Nelis arrive Before the appointed time and was prepared to do a through inspection. Not only was this done beyond expectation but his knowledge of the issues present was both insightful and accurate. I would not hesitate to use Mr. Nelis for any future assignments and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a home inspection."
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Q & A

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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 does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

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.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

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