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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection of a house and its major systems. It should be conducted only by a licensed professional. A home inspection is advisable before purchasing a home, and may be required by some mortgage companies.

What to Expect in a Home Inspection Report

In a home inspection report, the following items should be examined and evaluated:

  • structural components, foundation, framework
  • exterior features, siding, porches, eaves, sidewalks, driveways, railings, balconies
  • roof, shingles, skylights, Solatubes
  • interior features, walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, stairs, stair railings
  • fireplaces, chimney, vents
  • plumbing, pipes, drains, water heaters, sump pumps
  • electrical systems, breakers, fuses, service panels
  • heating and cooling systems, equipment, venting
  • insulation, ventilation, vapor barriers, including in attic and basement

What Not to Expect

Home inspectors perform a visual inspection of what they can easily see and access. They will not examine things that are underground or within walls, nor anything that requires them to damage the house to investigate. A home inspection is not a warranty on the house. It does not review if a home is up to local building codes.

The average home inspection will not include the following items since many of these require special training and licensing.

  • fire and smoke detectors
  • hot tubs, swimming pools, wells
  • detached structures, such as garage, garden shed, or mother-in-law apartment
  • kitchen appliances
  • alarm systems
  • TV antenna or satellite dishes
  • termites or other pests
  • lawn sprinkler systems
  • environmental hazard reports, such as asbestos, lead, or radon
  • code compliance

Average Cost to Hire a Home Inspector

The average cost of hiring a home inspector is just over $300. The price will vary depending on the size of the home, the age of the home, how long it takes to inspect, and if the inspector checks for any of the extra factors listed above that do not come automatically with the basic inspection.

"CIF home inspection was absolutely awesome! they provided very timely appointment. They were very thorough, informative, and knowledgeable. The inspector was very nice and detail oriented. I am confident they are the best in what they do. I am more than satisfied with the service I've received and recommend with out a doubt to anyone."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Churchton MD

"Nice person. I wish the inspection was more thorough. Suggest you work with him to get his inspection price lower. "

--4.0 star review from a homeowner in District of Columbia DC

"Tony was exceptionally professional and exhibited a wealth of knowledge during the inspection of my home. I have hired several inspectors at various locations; however, by far he is the best! He explained findings and assisted in having the deficiencies corrected, well above his duties. He is the only inspector I would recommend. "

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Spotsylvania VA

"Inspector was very knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge it was an overall great experience"

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Front Royal VA

"This was not done for a sale. I just wanted a second opinion on my house. I'm pretty new to this homeowning gig and Adam not once scoffed at one of my stupid questions and he was very thorough (in comparison to my inspector when I bought the house). He pointed out a lot of issues that I'll need to fix soon."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Fairfax VA

"The individual inspector, Robert J, was very good. Very thorough, listened to my concerns and went out of his way to be sure that all aspects of the inspection were handled professionally, quickly, and to my advantage as the client."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Stephens City VA

"Tim was extremely professional and communicated well before and during the inspection. First rate inspector."

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Marshall VA

"Good communication, detailed inspection and report. I would recommend Earl as your inspector. "

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in alexandria VA

"John is an outstanding inspector and advocate for the buyer. He is very focused, detail oriented and responsive to customer needs. I would recommend ARBO to anyone looking for a safety inspection!"

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Woodbridge VA

"I am very happy to recommend this company to anyone, family, friends and neighbors. The Inspector arrived on the site when he said he would and he did a very thorough job. The fee for during the inspection was reasonable. After seeing what a great job he did, I would not have mind paying more. Many thanks Dragon Ridge. P. Greene"

--5.0 star review from a homeowner in Arlington VA

"He is extremely professional and because of his expertise and experience and what he does he actually saved me from making a terrible financial mistake I recommend him to everyone. "

--5.0 star review from Joshua P. in

"We were impressed by the analysis of our needs and the design of a system to match our needs. The crew was scheduled to arrive and did on time. They were efficient and effective in placing trenches and piping with minimal impact on existing yard. Everything was returned to original. At completion each sprinkler was adjusted for optimum use and I was allowed to program and set the controller. All works well. Impressed with the excellent service. The price was good and the choice of which firm to use of the 3 suggested by HomeAdvisor was obvious based on design/approach, cost and customer interaction. Well pleased! Highly recommend!"

--5.0 star review from Sue M. in Austin TX

"Roger is friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and thorough! Scheduling was easy and quick. We enjoyed working with him."

--5.0 star review from Anna J. in Ashburn VA