Top 3 Home Inspectors in Birmingham, AL

Porch Pro Headshot A B Home Inspections, Inc.
A B Home Inspections, Inc. was founded in Birmingham, Alabama and has been in business for over 10 years. Differentiating A B Home Inspections, Inc. from other Birmingham Home Inspections company is our ability to be through, offer an array of services, and yet be timely with our inspections. Most...Read more about A B Home Inspections, Inc.
1678 Montgomery Hwy Ste 104, Birmingham, AL
Porch Pro Headshot Southeast Home Inspection, LLC
Whether you’re buying your very first home, a vacation home, or another investment property, the home inspection is an important part of the process. Without it, buyers would be left with unanswered questions and at the mercy of sellers and realtors with biased interests. The home inspection serves ...Read more about Southeast Home Inspection, LLC
125 Fawn Ln, Centreville, AL
Porch Pro Headshot roofing and home remodeling
We do roofing (metal or shingles), roofing repairs, painting, plumbing, concrete, siding,pressure washing, decks, additions, carports, landscaping, any type of carpentry work and handyman work.discounts available to seniors and Veteran’s

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Porch Pro Headshot Reliable Inspection Service
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4665 Old Looney Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL
Reliable Inspection Service, located in Birmingham, is a home inspection specialist that offers services such as roofing inspection, insulation inspection, home inspection and other services.
4665 Old Looney Mill Rd, Birmingham, AL
Reliable Inspection Service, located in Birmingham, is a home inspection specialist that offers services such as roofing inspection, insulation inspection, home inspection and other services.
Porch Pro Headshot Duke Home Inspections, LLC
Home Inspectors
1111 Flatts Trce SW, Cullman, AL
Hi. My name is Bobby Duke. I am an InterNACHI Certified Professional Home Inspector licensed to perform home inspections in Alabama and many other States in the U.S. I serve Cullman, Gadsden, Florence areas and everywhere in between. When you hire me, I will conduct a thorough inspection of the str...Read more about Duke Home Inspections, LLC
1111 Flatts Trce SW, Cullman, AL
Hi. My name is Bobby Duke. I am an InterNACHI Certified Professional Home Inspector licensed to perform home inspections in Alabama and many other States in the U.S. I serve Cullman, Gadsden, Florence areas and everywhere in between. When you hire me, I will conduct a thorough inspection of the str...Read more about Duke Home Inspections, LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Housemaster
Home Inspectors
2157 Mountain View Rd, Birmingham, AL
(88)
2157 Mountain View Rd, Birmingham, AL
Porch Pro Headshot Clark & Associates, LLC
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4026 Highland Ridge Rd, Birmingham, AL
(70)
4026 Highland Ridge Rd, Birmingham, AL
Porch Pro Headshot AQI Inspection Services
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4688 Bridgewater Rd, Birmingham, AL
(52)
4688 Bridgewater Rd, Birmingham, AL
Porch Pro Headshot Massey Home Designs, LLC.
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PO Box 1324, Pell City, AL
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PO Box 1324, Pell City, AL
Porch Pro Headshot Budget Flooring & Refinishing
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Serves Birmingham, Alabama
Budget Flooring & Refinishing is a home inspection specialist in Birmingham. They provide insulation inspection, plumbing inspection, and chimney inspection as well as other services.
Serves Birmingham, Alabama
Budget Flooring & Refinishing is a home inspection specialist in Birmingham. They provide insulation inspection, plumbing inspection, and chimney inspection as well as other services.

Frequently asked questions about home inspectors

Buying a home is the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or looking to buy your next place, there are many benefits of hiring a professional home inspector.

Walking through a home, you may notice a few things you want to fix or rooms you want to paint. The home inspector will assess important HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. Inspectors notice structural or insulation problems that you and your real estate agent probably missed. The inspector outlines all their findings in a report and walks you through the property to explain major issues.

If you decide to go through with the purchase, the home inspection report offers a roadmap for repairs you may need. The inspection report is also great leverage for contract negotiations with the seller. If there’s a major repair on the report, you can ask the seller to cover it or come down on the sale price.

Of course, the main benefit of hiring a home inspector is that they’ll help you avoid buying a home that needs more work than you’re willing to pay. As long as your offer is contingent on the home inspection, you’ll be able to walk away with your down payment and find the property that works best for your family and your budget.

Before you hire a home inspector, make sure they’re certified. Not all home inspectors are members of the American Society of Home Inspectors, so check that yours is. Members of AHSI adhere to a standard of ethics, continue their education, and have access to more resources.

Check to make sure your home inspector is insured. Home inspectors usually carry professional liability (aka errors and omissions) insurance and general liability to cover things like property damage claims.

As part of the home buying process, your local home inspector will have a certain number of days to examine the property. Then, you’ll walk through the house together so the inspector can point out any problems they may have found. In the end, the inspector will give you a report detailing everything you need to know.

When choosing an inspector, ask for previous inspection reports to see how thorough they are. Good reports are thorough and include photos. Reading reviews gives you a better idea of what to expect from the home inspector. If you’re choosing between a full-time inspector and a part-time one, hire the full-time inspector – they’ll have booked more hours and experience.

Of course, if you already have a good rapport with your real estate agent, ask who they would recommend. Real estate agents often deal with home inspectors, so they’ll know the best option for you in your area.

You’ve bought your dream home and noticed some water damage in the basement a month later. You hire a contractor to assess it, and they say this isn’t the first time the basement has seen water damage – the foundation wall is bowing from it. This issue should have been on the inspection report. Is the inspector liable?

They can be. That question is why it’s best to hire an inspector who carries errors and omissions insurance, as well as general liability insurance. The inspector will have to file a claim to cover the repairs, but they will be more likely to cover those costs.

As with any legal action, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your money back. Pursuing legal action against an uninsured home inspector will become an even bigger headache, and they may not have the funds available to cover the repairs you need.

You also have to prove that nothing happened to alter the home's condition after you completed the inspection report. For instance, if there aren’t any issues with the roof at the time of inspection, and you notice leaks a few months after a big storm, the home inspector would not be liable.

The cost of a home inspection depends on a few factors, including the location and size of the property. Generally, you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for one home inspection. A few things about local home inspectors could increase that price:

  • Experience - When hiring a more experienced home inspector, they tend to charge more.
  • Age and condition of the property - Older homes may cost more to inspect.
  • Travel time - The inspector may charge for commuting if you buy a country home off the beaten path.
  • Additional inspections - Depending on where you buy your home, you may want to invest in specialty inspections. Radon tests, pest inspections, and well inspections will run up the bill. Ask your real estate agents which inspections they would recommend, and plan for them when finalizing your budget.

In some real estate markets, the seller may pay for an inspection ahead of time. Ask your real estate agent if they trust the company that performed the pre-inspection. This awareness can help you decide whether or not to invest in another inspection.

If you’re selling a home in a competitive market, investing in a pre-sale home inspection may be a good idea. As a seller, some pros include the following:

  • The inspection report will paint a realistic view of the property, helping you and your real estate agent set a competitive listing price.
  • A pre-sale inspection allows you to make any necessary repairs or updates to get a greater return on investment when the time comes to sell.
  • You won’t be surprised by the buyer’s home inspection report. If you’re selling your first home to upgrade to a second, the pre-sale inspection will help you avoid any costly negotiations that the buyer’s report might unearth.
  • If you are selling a relative’s property that you inherited, the pre-sale inspection will give you all the details you need about the property's condition.

While it may seem beneficial to have a pre-sale inspection before you put your home on the market, there can also be downsides. Here are a few cons that impact homebuyers and sellers alike:

  • The seller is legally obligated to reveal any problems with the house to potential buyers. If the pre-sale inspection uncovers some major problems, your plans may need to change.
  • As a homebuyer, remember that the pre-sale home inspection usually benefits the seller. The home inspector likely had the seller’s best interests at heart and not yours. It’s always a good idea to invest in your home inspection.
  • Finally, a pre-sale home inspection doesn’t guarantee the buyer’s inspector won’t find anything wrong with the property.

Recent reviews for Birmingham Home Inspectors

434566

Steve was very through with his inspection. Their team was very nice and able to get our inspection scheduled right away.

- Mahkeldria Mitchell
422373

Thomas Whitt was very thorough. He explained everything to my client in detail when he was finished I look forward to working with him again.

- Bea Healey
448697

Incredibly thorough and professional. I trust Jim and A B Home Inspections- and you can also.

- Meg McGlamery
422374

Very professional. Highly recommend!

- Michael Dancy
429936

A B Home Inspections was the easiest part of buying our new home out of state. They were super friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, and quick. The inspections are are put in, in real-time which was amazing for us and Jim was so thorough, took pictures of e...

- Crystal Allison
509738

It’s always a pleasure working with A.C.F. Home Inspections. They are always on time and very efficient. I love working with them and would refer them to anyone.

- Kraig Lehner
401193

Excellent job!! Very prompt, and very Thorough. Appreciate all the good recommendations.

- Elizabeth Dobers
429937

Steve Mann was my inspector. He did an awesome job! He was very thorough and explained everything to me and made sure I understood what he was explaining. The office staff was also wonderful to work with. I would definitely refer AB Home Inspections to an...

- Kimberly Smith
401194

The inspection was quick and thorough and the inspector walked me step-by-step through the report. Moreover, there is a way to save everything that needs to be done so that the seller can repair things or the handyman can have a list of things to repair.

- Delicia McCray
507634

We had an excellent experience with A B Home Inspections. Steve was thorough, careful, and helpful. He explained his inspection report to us after it was complete and answered all of our questions. The detailed report we received was also helpful in follo...

- Kimberley H
415634

Mr. Steve was very professional and thorough. His attention to detail and report were very well done. We will definitely be using requesting his services again in the near future.

- Josh Smith
510230

Absolutely the best home inspections we could ever ask for. Thorough, professional and quick. Very much appreciate this company! Will always be using y’all in the future!

- Denise Benson

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Birmingham 35206
Home Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Purpose
Environmental issues
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
0-1,500 sq ft
Property age
0-10 years
Foundation type
Raised with crawl space
Relationship to property
Buyer
Occupied
Yes
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
None of the above
Mount Olive 35117
Roofing Inspection
Start Date
Within a week
Roofing project type
Inspect a roof
Roof slope
Sloped or pitched
Roofing material
Asphalt or composite shingle
Reason for inspection
To check for damage from recent bad weather
Previous leaking or damage
I'm not sure
Number of stories tall
One floor
Birmingham 35215
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Purpose
Purchasing property
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
0-1,500 sq ft
Property age
51+ years
Foundation type
Unknown
Relationship to property
Buyer
Occupied
No
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
Radon test, Mold test, Lead paint test, Termite inspection, Sewer cam inspection
Pleasant Grove 35127
Chimney Inspection
Service needed
Chimney Inspection
Start Date
Within a month
Irondale 35210
Chimney Inspection
Service needed
Chimney Inspection
Start Date
I'm flexible
Mount Olive 35117
Roofing Inspection
Start Date
Within 48 hours
Roof slope
Sloped or pitched
Roofing material
Asphalt or composite shingle
Reason for inspection
To buy or sell the home
Previous leaking or damage
I'm not sure
Number of stories tall
One floor
Bessemer 35022
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within a year
Purpose
Purchasing property
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
4,001-5,000 sq ft
Property age
51+ years
Foundation type
Basement
Relationship to property
Buyer
Occupied
No
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
Termite inspection, Sewer cam inspection, Lead paint test, Mold test
Homewood 35209
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within a week
Purpose
Purchasing property
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
4,001-5,000 sq ft
Property age
21-30 years
Foundation type
Basement
Relationship to property
Buyer
Occupied
No
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
Sewer cam inspection, Termite inspection
Trussville 35173
Home Inspection
Start Date
Within a week
Purpose
Purchasing property
Inspection type
Whole home
Property type
Single family residence
Property size
2,001-2,500 sq ft
Property age
11-20 years
Foundation type
Slab on ground
Relationship to property
Buyer
Occupied
Yes
Utilities turned on
Yes
Specific services
Pool or spa inspection