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Porch Pro Headshot Donofrio & Associates, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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"Matt came out and did our inspection. He was really thorough and made sure to check for every detail with the house. He was extremely professional about it all and has been nothing but remarkable for us. He helped us understand the report he gave and was really just so easy to talk to. Will highly ...Read more about Donofrio & Associates, LLC
"Matt came out and did our inspection. He was really thorough and made sure to check for every detail with the house. He was extremely professional about it all and has been nothing but remarkable for us. He helped us understand the report he gave and was really just so easy to talk to. Will highly ...Read more about Donofrio & Associates, LLC
Porch Pro Headshot House Inspection Associates
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(179)
"David had my family's best interest in mind by making sure everything was safe and sound. After a few house purchases, it's amazing how David still saw a few things that I missed. Will be highly recommending him."
"David had my family's best interest in mind by making sure everything was safe and sound. After a few house purchases, it's amazing how David still saw a few things that I missed. Will be highly recommending him."
Porch Pro Headshot Clatterbuck Home Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(32)
Clatterbuck Home Inspections provides complete home inspection services as well as environmental testing for individuals purchasing a home. We specialize in providing detailed information with easy to read reports that are fact based. Our goal is to educate the client about the features of their n...Read more about Clatterbuck Home Inspections
Clatterbuck Home Inspections provides complete home inspection services as well as environmental testing for individuals purchasing a home. We specialize in providing detailed information with easy to read reports that are fact based. Our goal is to educate the client about the features of their n...Read more about Clatterbuck Home Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot Metro Capitol Home Inspection Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(24)
A professional home inspection educates you and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the overall condition of the house you want to purchase. Through the home inspection process, you get a better idea of some of the basic strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses that the house has to off...Read more about Metro Capitol Home Inspection Services
A professional home inspection educates you and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the overall condition of the house you want to purchase. Through the home inspection process, you get a better idea of some of the basic strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses that the house has to off...Read more about Metro Capitol Home Inspection Services
Porch Pro Headshot Top To Bottom Services LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(25)
"Leo Donohue did an amazing job! He was incredibly thorough and gave a very detailed report. I ultimately ended up not purchasing the house based on several of his findings.<br><br>I liked the work he did, "
"Leo Donohue did an amazing job! He was incredibly thorough and gave a very detailed report. I ultimately ended up not purchasing the house based on several of his findings.<br><br>I liked the work he did, "
Porch Pro Headshot Amerispec Home Inspection Service
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(346)
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services; Virginia Certification, ASHI Membership, National Radon Safety Board Certified Measurement Specialist Specializing in general home inspections, single family/townhouse/condominium residences Radon Gas Testing
AmeriSpec Home Inspection Services; Virginia Certification, ASHI Membership, National Radon Safety Board Certified Measurement Specialist Specializing in general home inspections, single family/townhouse/condominium residences Radon Gas Testing
Porch Pro Headshot Avanti Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(144)
"John  ​​​​​​​did a fantastic job, he was very helpful, informative, easy to talk to and was very courties and professional would recommed to any home owner getting an inspection 5 star service guranteed.  "
"John  ​​​​​​​did a fantastic job, he was very helpful, informative, easy to talk to and was very courties and professional would recommed to any home owner getting an inspection 5 star service guranteed.  "
Porch Pro Headshot VA Home Inspect, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(151)
Founded in 2006, VA Home Inspect, LLC is a veteran owned / operated home inspection company in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide home inspection services throughout Northern Virginia to Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun, Prince William Counties and Washington DC. We are usually available for ser...Read more about VA Home Inspect, LLC
Founded in 2006, VA Home Inspect, LLC is a veteran owned / operated home inspection company in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide home inspection services throughout Northern Virginia to Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun, Prince William Counties and Washington DC. We are usually available for ser...Read more about VA Home Inspect, LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Madewell Inspection Services, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(70)
Madewell Inspection Services, LLC is a premiere home inspection company serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. We provide full-service inspections, radon testing, and drone photography.
Madewell Inspection Services, LLC is a premiere home inspection company serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. We provide full-service inspections, radon testing, and drone photography.
Porch Pro Headshot Brahman Home Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(9)
With Brahman Home Inspections, you can rest easy knowing that you've chosen the right home inspector. We work exclusively for you, to serve your best interests and to arm you with the information you need. We hold ourselves to a high standard of ethics and professionalism to provide you with a compr...Read more about Brahman Home Inspections
With Brahman Home Inspections, you can rest easy knowing that you've chosen the right home inspector. We work exclusively for you, to serve your best interests and to arm you with the information you need. We hold ourselves to a high standard of ethics and professionalism to provide you with a compr...Read more about Brahman Home Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot KEY Inspector
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(64)
Kevin Yarbough of KEY Inspector LLC, is a Virginia licensed Home Inspector (license number 3380001396) and Certified Radon Tester in Nokesville & Gainesville VA. Kevin is a member of InterNACHI (member ID NACHI18081330) both as a Certified Home Inspector and Certified Radon Tester. I am also a membe...Read more about KEY Inspector
Kevin Yarbough of KEY Inspector LLC, is a Virginia licensed Home Inspector (license number 3380001396) and Certified Radon Tester in Nokesville & Gainesville VA. Kevin is a member of InterNACHI (member ID NACHI18081330) both as a Certified Home Inspector and Certified Radon Tester. I am also a membe...Read more about KEY Inspector
Porch Pro Headshot LBI Home & Building Inspection
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
LBI Home & Building Inspection is here to serve you with your inspection needs. LBI provides comprehensive, educational home inspections and related services for home purchasers, sellers and owners, Realtors, mortgage institutions, architects, and insurance companies. Our clients not only become pro...Read more about LBI Home & Building Inspection
LBI Home & Building Inspection is here to serve you with your inspection needs. LBI provides comprehensive, educational home inspections and related services for home purchasers, sellers and owners, Realtors, mortgage institutions, architects, and insurance companies. Our clients not only become pro...Read more about LBI Home & Building Inspection
Porch Pro Headshot Advantek Home Inspections LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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We Provide Certified expert residential home inspections for the discerning buyer or seller. We have over 30 years experience in New Home Construction of all phases, Resale homes, Short-sales, Foreclosures, Pre-Sale inspections, MOLD inspections and Infrared Thermal Imaging. On average we provide y...Read more about Advantek Home Inspections LLC
We Provide Certified expert residential home inspections for the discerning buyer or seller. We have over 30 years experience in New Home Construction of all phases, Resale homes, Short-sales, Foreclosures, Pre-Sale inspections, MOLD inspections and Infrared Thermal Imaging. On average we provide y...Read more about Advantek Home Inspections LLC
Porch Pro Headshot PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Hello, My name is Lawrence Patterson I am 34 years old and I've been in business for four years. I own and run a reliable Home Inspection business I am a very reasonable,dependable and thorough in all my work I do. I also do handyman services and small jobs including landscaping, some construction, ...Read more about PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Hello, My name is Lawrence Patterson I am 34 years old and I've been in business for four years. I own and run a reliable Home Inspection business I am a very reasonable,dependable and thorough in all my work I do. I also do handyman services and small jobs including landscaping, some construction, ...Read more about PATTERSON'S HOME Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot Top Down Home Inspections LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(1)
We are the leading Home Inspection firm servicing the Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia (Greater VA Beach), and D.C. markets. You have a lot of choices in home inspectors, but no one works harder or cares about you the way we do. Honesty and integrity are our core values. We understand the tr...Read more about Top Down Home Inspections LLC
We are the leading Home Inspection firm servicing the Northern Virginia, Southern Virginia (Greater VA Beach), and D.C. markets. You have a lot of choices in home inspectors, but no one works harder or cares about you the way we do. Honesty and integrity are our core values. We understand the tr...Read more about Top Down Home Inspections LLC
Porch Pro Headshot Premier Home Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
At Premier Home Inspections, I’m here for you. When you make the decision to shop for a home, it’s usually quite an exciting time. But when it comes time to actually negotiate a transaction, prospective homebuyers often experience some serious second-guessing. That’s where Premier Home Inspections c...Read more about Premier Home Inspections
At Premier Home Inspections, I’m here for you. When you make the decision to shop for a home, it’s usually quite an exciting time. But when it comes time to actually negotiate a transaction, prospective homebuyers often experience some serious second-guessing. That’s where Premier Home Inspections c...Read more about Premier Home Inspections
Porch Pro Headshot ThoroSpec, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Porch Pro Headshot NOVA Home Inspection LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
NOVA home inspection LLC- NOVAhi - focuses on providing the most thorough and comprehensive building consultations and inspections in Northern Virginia. Sergio "Serge" DelHoyo, ACI, is the owner and principal inspector. Serge is a member in good standing of The American Society of Home Inspectors (A...Read more about NOVA Home Inspection LLC
NOVA home inspection LLC- NOVAhi - focuses on providing the most thorough and comprehensive building consultations and inspections in Northern Virginia. Sergio "Serge" DelHoyo, ACI, is the owner and principal inspector. Serge is a member in good standing of The American Society of Home Inspectors (A...Read more about NOVA Home Inspection LLC
Porch Pro Headshot John James Properties LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
John James Properties focuses on four pillars: Real Estate Sales, Property Management, Construction and Inspections. John James Properties has specialized knowledge and a proven track record of providing commercial and residential consultation whether it's asset management, acquisition, assessment ...Read more about John James Properties LLC
John James Properties focuses on four pillars: Real Estate Sales, Property Management, Construction and Inspections. John James Properties has specialized knowledge and a proven track record of providing commercial and residential consultation whether it's asset management, acquisition, assessment ...Read more about John James Properties LLC
Porch Pro Headshot NVA Home Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Porch Pro Headshot Gatekeeper Inspections
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot Urbiquity LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia

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Frequently asked questions about home inspectors

Why should I hire a home inspector?

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.

What do I need to know before hiring a home inspector?

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.

Are home inspectors liable?

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.

How much does it cost to hire a home inspector?

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.

What are the pros and cons of a pre-sale home 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.

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