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Top 10 foundation inspectors near Federal Way, WA

5.0
from 2 reviews
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"Collin at Don't Panic Inspections is the man. A perfect inspector is someone who is incredibly thorough, knowledgeable, and able to communicate the true state of a property to my clients. Collin does just that. Having a go-to inspector in the area helps my business stand out from the rest. For example, my last clients were relocating from the Bay Area and would not be able to attend the inspection. He sent over a digital report within 24 hours encompassing every single issue in the home, along with his recommended remedy. Peace of mind in a real estate transaction is priceless. Give Collin a call today!"

$345

estimated cost

4.9
from 14 reviews
4.9
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 33 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Rick was punctual, efficient, affordable and professional. I would highly recommend hiring Blackburn Home Inspection for your home inspection needs. Fast turn-around with his reporting and was a wonderful experience. Thank you for making this so simple and easy, Rick!"

$325

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I have used Epilogue Home Inspection a number of times, and Jeff does a thorough job of inspecting the home and getting a thorough and easy to read report out quickly. He also finds a way to fit me into his schedule, sometimes on short notice!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
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  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Thorough, articulate, friendly and efficient at a reasonable price."

$400

estimated cost

4.0
from 5 reviews
4.0
(5)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 27 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Ed was great, very thorough and took his time and went over every inch of the house. He was very good at explaining things that I didn’t quite understand so I could speak confidently with the seller and contractors. Will definitely use him the next time I need a home inspection. I would recommend him to anyone considering the purchase of a house."

$350

estimated cost

3.7
from 3 reviews
3.7
(3)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"We were very pleased with the services received. The inspector did an extremely thorough job and was very detail oriented. We highly recommend him and would use again and again. Thanks."

$350

estimated cost

5.0
from 21 reviews
5.0
(21)
  • 22 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"I as a structural engineer was weary of the building inspection process. Greg exceeded my expectations and then some. He was very thorough, knowledgeable, and friendly. I would strongly recommend him to inspect your home before you buy."
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4.8
from 83 reviews
4.8
(83)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
"Kris did a wonderful job. I am ver impressed with how he conducted the inspection. He was also very professional. I will recommend him to anyone that needs a home inspection. Great job."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Showed up on time and appeared knowledgeable. His timely and detailed inspection was useful during the home purchase and negotiation process. Only concern: The inspector started a few minutes early and prior to my arrival so I was not present during his inspection of the roof. I didn't see a ladder in use at any time, though this may have occurred prior to my arrival."
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5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
(12)
  • 22 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"I have a feeling CM will win the Best of 2016! I hired Erik to conduct an inspection of our house prior to listing it for sale this upcoming summer. My decision to choose him was based on his prior experience in the construction industry and thought he would be able to point out what needs to be addressed prior to listing. I was right, not only did he spend the time to conduct a thorough inspection he also pointed out the items needing repair were not as bad as I initially thought. Basically, it gave me some relief knowing that his findings can be addressed economically prior to listing the house. If you are buying, getting ready to sell, or just want a good idea of what maintenance needs to be done on your place, give Erik a call for money well spent. Thanks again Erik."
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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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