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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 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.

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 Austin home inspectors
Dalit G.
Very professional. Great quality - thank you Paramount Home Inspection.
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Praveen N.
It was great working with Joe and Paramount home inspection, very responsive, punctual and nice. highly recommend.
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Jon H.
Ryan was very thorough and provided a great home inspection. He even managed to fix the broken AC unit and stayed late so he could then test it for us. You couldn't ask for a better home inspection. I would recommend to all my friends and family.
Superior Inspector INCSuperior Inspector INC
James M.
I had a great experience Joe and Paramount Home Inspection. They were easy to work with and I couldn't be happier.
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Lisa H.
Our 1-year home inspection was so great because as new home owners, we didn't have much experience before with normal house maintenance, electrical, water, fire knowledge. Chris let us walk with him as he did the inspection and answered every question I had! Not only was he thorough but also very friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend him to anyone who needs an initial inspection.
CODE 3 Property Inspections, PLLC #21042CODE 3 Property Inspections, PLLC #21042
Jesus A.
Inspector took time to explain every single detail on the home inspection report. Very professional and great work quality.
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding work by Paramount Home Inspection, very professional and quick turn around with the report that included a great level of details and photos.
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Thumbtack Customer
I was impressed with Joe's, knowledge, expertise, and honesty in performing a thorough inspection of my new home! I believe he's already saved me money and future headaches with repairs! Beware! Even the best home builders leave inadequacies!
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Arjun K.
Joe was very professional, on-time and did a very thorough inspection. His attention to detail helped discover several issues in my new home which would have gone unnoticed. His feedback and a detailed report with images helped a great deal in getting issues resolved before closing. Would highly recommend Joe for property inspections
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Parker B.
Joe was early, stayed later than he planned, and gave us an immense amount of information all for an incredible value. We purchased a home that's in need of some TLC, so to have someone as professional as him inspect our home and send over a very comprehensive report outlining all needs of the house will be extremely helpful!
Paramount Home Inspection of TexasParamount Home Inspection of Texas
Nicole D.
Deon was amazing! He was very thorough and went through house in a timely manner. He communicated quickly and was able to squeeze us in a few days. After he completed the inspection he took the time to go through the report with us over the phone. We bought a home about 8 years ago and the inspector just sent a report and went about his way. Deon, took some time and had a phone call with us to explain his findings and suggested how important the repairs were. I would recommend him to anyone! Definitely very happy with his service!
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