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Top 10 House Inspectors near Richmond, VA

4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Kevin was very thorough. He was right on time and got right to work. We are planning on hiring him to also inspect the house we plan on buying"

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5.0
from 23 reviews
5.0
(23)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"Shannon was very punctual and thorough in his inspection of my house. He took the time to search every nook and cranny and even educated me on what I should be looking out for. All in all a fantastic experience and I would definitely look to use Shannon again."
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4.9
from 9 reviews
4.9
(9)
  • 34 years in business
"Excellent chimney cleaning and inspection service that also provided a comprehensive review of the fireplace and chimney status. Areas of concern were pointed out along with options including monitoring, repair and self repair coupled with their level of concern. Based on my experience, I highly recommend Old Town Chimney Sweeps for fireplace/chimney cleaning and inspections "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 6 years in business
"I am so grateful for all of the help I received on our homestead. From building fences, building shelters for the animals to help and advice about planting and caring for livestock, you are a wealth of helpful, creative information. The best parts were all the ways you helped me save money by coming up with genius ways to use what we already had. You saved us a ton of money! Thank you! "
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"We had Dudley and Sons come out to wire our unfinished basement, they did a great job. Very reasonably priced and professional."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"David came out to do a home inspection for a home I was buying great costumer service and was prompt would recommend him highly. "
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"From flooring, to general home repair or installing and electronic device you have AEI Installations are the people to call. I have called them numerous times and always receive prompt, courteous service and an amazing price. Wayne Doggett is the only person I call, no job is too big or too small, they really can do it all!"
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4.5
from 6 reviews
4.5
(6)
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Jones did a very thorough job when inspecting my soon to be house. With his knowledge of building construction, he is easily able to point out things of concern as well as things that were constructed very well. I would recommend Fireproof home inspections for your future needs."
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4.7
from 93 reviews
4.7
(93)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 22 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
"Floyd came to my house and did the job for less than he originally quoted me- he did a great job!"
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3.0
from 2 reviews
3.0
(2)
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Super responsive and excellent turn around time. We contacted WC Permits in the evening and had our permit the next afternoon! Couldn't ask for anything better."
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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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