Find a residential building inspector near San Marcos, TX

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Top 10 residential building inspectors near San Marcos, TX

Top Pro
4.9
from 74 reviews
4.9
(74)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
"Fantastic thorough inspection. Chris was great at explaining any issues, how to repair "honey-do" jobs and taking the time to go over more extensive costly repairs. I felt fully confident wrapping up the inspection knowing which repairs would be immediate, less significant and which to request on our repair addendum. After reviewing our report, which was very easy to read with pictures, I had additional questions that I emailed Code 3 and they were answered quickly. Our family would highly recommend Code 3 Property Inspections. We have a young family and putting your trust in a professional firefighter adds that extra level of safety and security. We appreciate all the help and expertise!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 142 reviews
4.9
(142)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 238 hires on Thumbtack
"Hello: I have never had a more thorough, PUNCTUAL, and detailed report. This is a new home I wanted inspected. Although builders "conduct" their own inspections, you must have a peace of mind. THANK GOD for Home Inspectors. There were so many deficiencies (things that needed immediate replacement/repairing) and Alan recommended they be done prior to closing. After reviewing the report, flagging the pages, and composing my disappointment in the home builder, I immediately sent the report to them, my loan officer, construction manager, and loan processor insisting if these things are not complete then I would not be able to close on the home. Alan, you are very skilled and experienced in this field. You are a sigh of relief in knowing I did the right thing by using your great service. Thank you so much for the inspection."

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 73 reviews
5.0
(73)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
"The service was great. I received my detailed report on the same day as my inspection. Prior to the inspection T.J. answered all my questions very quickly. The price was very reasonable. Thanks HG homes inspections!"

$300

estimated cost

4.8
from 30 reviews
4.8
(30)
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
"In my 35+ years in the real estate business I have hired and worked with many home inspectors, but I've never met one as outstanding as Rance McDonald! You really get your money's worth with Rance. He is probably one of the most affordable inspectors I have come across in years, not to mention that he really knows his work and always willing to help buyers with answering questions, even months after an inspection. His superb knowledge of and experience in the construction trades has helped him in becoming one of the most thorough, practical and detailed sought after inspectors in Central Texas. He's great at addressing buyers fears and concerns about a property from a practical standpoint and tries to make them feel comfortable and knows how to explain and address solutions for every problem. I highly recommend Rance McDonald for your next home inspection. "

$295

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Appointment was made on short notice and the inspection report was emailed to me the next day. Inspector was thorough and addressed all of my concerns. Highly recommended. I will use NSPEC again if the need arises."

$279

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"I've dealt with a lot of inspector and I'm very happy with george highly recommended very professional and thoroughly"

$275

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 73 reviews
5.0
(73)
  • 5 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
"Joe was great. He took his time and performed a very thorough inspection. I feel like his background in construction gives him experience that other home inspectors may not have. Joe also took the time to show me around and explain what he found. He was patient and made sure I understood what he was talking about before moving onto the next item. I highly recommend Joe."
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4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"We are first time homebuyers - Mike was very easy to contact and ask questions before our initial inspection. He arrived early and did a thorough job (nearly 3 hours inspecting our 1850 sqft home) all while keeping things fun, friendly, and informative for us first timers! He discussed just about everything with us and was also very quick - he got our report to us the same night!"
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4.9
from 29 reviews
4.9
(29)
  • 3 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"Very knowledgeable and trust worthy. Did a new home inspection for me and caught numerous items that the home builders inspection overlooked. Followed up after repairs to make sure everything was done correctly. Would not hesitate to recommend them. "
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4.6
from 22 reviews
4.6
(22)
  • 26 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
"Inspector did a thorough job inspecting my new house which I am grateful for because he found leaks in the roof and now the seller is installing a new roof!!"
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Q & A

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 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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