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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.

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.

Reviews for Milwaukee home inspectors
Thumbtack Customer
Punctual and professional. The inspection didn't feel as thorough as I was expecting compared to my last home inspection, however, this was quite inexpensive.
Veterans Home Inspection, LLCVeterans Home Inspection, LLC
Alec C.
Everything was perfect! The inspection went smoothly and Dave explained everything very thoroughly. I would recommend to anyone in need of a home inspection!
D & D Home ServicesD & D Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Overall very pleased with Mark and his inspection. He was thorough, friendly, and very informative. He even had the report back to me the same day! I'd definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a home inspection.
Safe Mark InspectionsSafe Mark Inspections
Andrew B.
Dave did an awesome job inspecting the home I put an offer on. He was very thorough and would explain what he was looking for while doing the inspection. He sent a detailed document of the inspection details with photos the following day. It is clear he has a ton of experience, and I would definitely recommend him.
D & D Home ServicesD & D Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
The inspection was awesome. Steve was as thorough as you could be and he took the time to explain how he'd be handling things if it were his home he were moving into. I'll recommend him to everyone that I know who needs an inspection.
Four County Home Inspection Services, INC.Four County Home Inspection Services, INC.
Kelly M.
I was a first time home buyer and I'm glad I chose D&D Home Services. Dave was extremely professional and took the time to explain things throughout the inspection. I would definitely recommend him.
D & D Home ServicesD & D Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Honest, thorough and very knowledgeable. Willing to explain everything in detail even if it takes a little time. Couldn't make a better choice for a home inspection. Thanks Mark!
Safe Mark InspectionsSafe Mark Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
This is the fourth home purchase for us and Mark is the best inspector we have had. This home was previously inspected and Marks work and report were twice as in depth. He is a true professional that will answer any questions or explain concerns. He was extremely fast in scheduling, as well as, delivering his findings and recommendations.
Safe Mark InspectionsSafe Mark Inspections
Melissa W.
Great to work with. As a first time home buyer I had a lot of questions, and Steve was more than willing to answer them. I feel very good about the investment that we are about to make. With all of the warranties that are included in this inspection it truly was a no-brainer.
Four County Home Inspection Services, INC.Four County Home Inspection Services, INC.
Thumbtack Customer
This is not the firs time I have worked with a home inspector but if I purchases any more homes in this area, this will be the only home inspector I use. Mark was very informative, thorough, and knowledgeable. The house he inspected was previously under contract and the selling agent claimed they fixed all of the hits from the previous home inspector. Mark found many, many more hits. I contacted several other home inspectors, one of which quoted me 650$ which I found to be too high and mark came in at a very reasonable price. Mark delivered the report within 7 hours of completion which I found to be very fast and above expectations.
Safe Mark InspectionsSafe Mark Inspections
Thumbtack Customer
Glenn was really detailed in his report. Once he finished I received the report in only a few hours. Easy to talk to and willing to take on any questions you may have (though my wife and I only had a few since it was our first home and didn't know exactly what to ask). For the house we had inspected it was 1,189sqft and it took about 1 1/2 hrs.
Comprehensive Home InspectionComprehensive Home Inspection
Christopher J.
I couldn't be happier with D&D Services. They were very thorough, professional, and helpful. As this was an inspection on my first home purchase, I didn't know what to expect. David put most of my worries to rest, though. He didn't just point out the positives and negatives, he gave me information on how to fix or deal with the the issues. The final report was VERY detailed, which is very much appreciated. It wasn't just a check list, it had photos, diagrams, and corrective actions to take. I am very happy with my choice to go with D&D.
D & D Home ServicesD & D Home Services
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