Find a real estate inspection service near McKinney, TX

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Top Pro
4.9
from 252 reviews
4.9
(252)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 538 hires on Thumbtack
"David met us on a rainy day to do our real estate inspection. He was knowledgeable and thorough; our Realtor said his was the most thorough inspection report she'd ever seen. David came back on a second day to inspect the roof and though he was in a hurry to get to another appointment, he still gave the same level of attention to our roof that he did the rest of the house with the same level of professionalism. We are proud to recommend Corner Stone Home Inspections. B, L Wethington"

$225

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 47 reviews
4.9
(47)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
"Excellent! Very fast to set up inspection, very thorough and knowledgable on home inspections! Will use these services!"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Craig was on time and did a thorough inspection of our home. Felt like he was honest and left nothing to question."

$223

estimated cost

5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 4 years in business
"I needed a home inspection at the very last minute as the seller moved up the close date. My realtor suggested John Wayne Inspections, I called & they were able to do it the next day and I got the report that night, I was very pleased!"

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"Kc was awesome. On time and did an immaculate job with the inspection!!! I recommend him and will definitely use him again ."

$260

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"Ken did a great job on the home inspection for a potential home purchase. There were a number of items identified that could have meant additional cost to me. The report was very detailed, and the pictures included were very helpful. He was on time with all aspects of the inspection and follow-up written report. Thank you, Ken. I would definitely recommend your services."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"Very professional and reliable service. I highly recommend it."

$350

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 60 reviews
4.9
(60)
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
"For years my wife and I were told by so called Fireplace Repair "EXPERTS" that we could only use the fireplace again if we had a venting fan system installed for thousands of dollars. Scott, came out on time, provided us a completely free inspection, and wrote an honest estimate. We hired him! When the parts arrived, in less than one day, Scott had our fireplace back up to code, and working just fine! Well Don On Top Service. Harvey Warshaw, a more than satisfied customer."
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Top Pro
4.9
from 44 reviews
4.9
(44)
  • 2 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
"Greg was very thorough and knowledgeable. If I every need inspection services again, I will definitely contact him."
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4.7
from 207 reviews
4.7
(207)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 19 years in business
  • 467 hires on Thumbtack
"David Presley and I have worked together for over 10 years regarding real estate inspections and I have been pleasantly pleased by his level of service and speed of response during that time. David's professional opinion along with personable personality qualify him for a constant contact in the field of real estate."
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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.

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.

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.

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