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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 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.

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.
Reviews for Shoreline home inspectors
Jeff B.
We have purchased several homes and Brown Dog Inspection is the best inspection company we have used period. Great knowledge, attention to detail and knows homes and critical components better than any inspector we have ever used
Brown Dog Home Inspections               WHI #1823Brown Dog Home Inspections WHI #1823
Tarik H.
I absolutely recommend Rob for your home inspection. Professional, thorough, knowledgeable, and extremely friendly. Exactly what I'm looking for out of anyone I entrust my home to!
Brown Dog Home Inspections               WHI #1823Brown Dog Home Inspections WHI #1823
Thumbtack Customer
Kris Kent did a 1st year new home inspection. He was on time, listened to our concerns,then went on his inspection. He did a through job, and sent the. report to us the next day. Would definitely recommend him for all of the above. N & M Hart
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Nick W.
Chris was able to accommodate a tight deadline to inspect a home before offer. This was a fixer upper for sure, and he was quick to point out big budget items to bring the place up to snuff. Report was through and professional, delivered within 24 hours. He took the time to answer all my questions during and after the inspection.
API Home Inspection  WA#1410API Home Inspection WA#1410
Ryan S.
My experience with API Home Inspections was great. Chris was responsive precise and very professional. I would recommend him, and I am already continuing to work with him I'm other projects.
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Matina F.
Chris made time to be available on short notice to inspect a home for my family. He was efficient, knowledgeable and very kind to my young kids, who had to be there with me. Affordable and would definitely use again!
API Home Inspection  WA#1410API Home Inspection WA#1410
Matina F.
Rob was quick to respond to my inquiry, providing the right quote for the job I needed. He showed up early, explained everything in great detail from a contractor's perspective as well as an inspector, and went the extra mile to give us some feedback on things in the house that might need work down the road. I would recommend Rob for a pre-inspection or home inspection and I will definitely use him again as needed. My agent also was very impressed and will be using him for her future clients.
Brown Dog Home Inspections               WHI #1823Brown Dog Home Inspections WHI #1823
Cathy G.
Bret was great! He arrived early and started the inspection process right away. He took the time to walk me through each and every part of the inspection and provided clear and detailed information to help me make a decision in purchasing an older home. Bret did an awesome job explaining and teaching as we went through the house, answered all of the questions in a way that was easy to understand. I learned a lot and appreciate the offer to answer questions in the future as well. I will be recommending Bret and plan on hiring him again if needed!
House & Hall Professional InspectionsHouse & Hall Professional Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service. We needed an inspector right away, and Kris was able to do the inspection within 24 hours of being contacted. He exceeded our expectations. He was very thorough, took the time to talk through any concerns we had, and was very professional. He not only pointed out problem areas, but was able to offer potential solutions. After an exhausting evening, we came home to a full, detailed report with photos waiting in our Inbox. He is highly recommended!!
Residential Network License #937Residential Network License #937
Thumbtack Customer
I used Micah to inspect a Lake House property on the Olympic Peninsula. I was unfamiliar with services in this area, so used Thumbtack to identify a provider. I have a career in commercial RE development, but residential is very different. I liked Micah's profile and description of what he cares about in a home. His comment about looking at a residence holistically drew my attention and I called him. Despite the fact that Micah lives in Seattle, he agreed to go the Olympic Peninsula with one days notice (over 2 1/2 hours away). Once I got the report, Micah spent time with me, walking through the report, helping me understand all of his comments. He has been patient, responsive and extremely thorough. I feel like I am completely aware of all shortcomings of the cabin, which will allow me to make more informed financial decision. Micah was great, so feel confident that you can hire him with confidence, knowing you will get great service and reporting.
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