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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Knoxville home inspectors
Thumbtack Customer
Full home inspection went well. Mark is very nice and professional. I would recommend him to anyone needing an inspection. Price was very reasonable!
Insight Home Inspection Services, LLCInsight Home Inspection Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Did an awesome job in a timely manner. Will use for all my home inspections.
Homestead Building InspectionsHomestead Building Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was great to work with, I would recommend him to anyone that needs a home inspection.
Insight Home Inspection Services, LLCInsight Home Inspection Services, LLC
Greg H.
He was very easy to work with and quickly scheduled the inspection. He was very professional and conducted a very detailed inspection and report, discovering problems about which we had no previous clue. Very pleased with the service that was provided and I would gladly recommend Fort-KNOX Home Inspection.
Fort-KNOX Home Inspection LLCFort-KNOX Home Inspection LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mark is great and very responsive to any phone calls or emails! As first time home buyers, we were nervous about the whole home inspection process, but Mark did a thorough walk through of the home and guided us throughout the home as he did the inspection. He pointed out anything we might be concerned about, explained to us whether it was a concern or not, and took photos of the areas we may want to further investigate. It was nice to have those photos and detailed notes on his report to help us remember any issues after we left the home. That made it very easy for us to review. Mark was also available for us to talk to after the inspection so we could discuss any areas of concern in more detail. Will recommend to my friends and family in the area.
Insight Home Inspection Services, LLCInsight Home Inspection Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mark is an all around great guy! He was very prompt at responding to my inquiry and gave me the details I needed to make my decision. He got me scheduled in within the time frame I needed too! He did a very thorough inspection and actually put it into words that I, a first time home buyer, understood. I highly recommend his services to anyone needing a home inspection. 5 stars all the way!
Insight Home Inspection Services, LLCInsight Home Inspection Services, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was a great choice for our pre-purchase home inspection. My initial attraction to hiring Mark was his competitive rate and quick availability. He was personable, throurough and went above and beyond to explain the process and offer suggestions to us. He didn't rush through the inspection and made sure that everything was covered. We received the full report in less than 12 hours, and it looked great. It included full color photos and examples with clear language describing the inspection results. I'm completely satisfied with the inspection experience and would definitely recommend him to my friends and family. Excellent job.
Insight Home Inspection Services, LLCInsight Home Inspection Services, LLC
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