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Best Home Inspection Companies in Lake Forest

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Lake Forest Home Inspection Companies on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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23052-H Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692 Rating

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5.0 (30)

Why choose this provider?

Inspect OC has been providing professional property inspection services to residential properties in Lake Forest and the surrounding areas since 2002. Owner and principal inspector Scott Swickard has 25 years of home maintenance, repair, and remodeling experience. He has also conducted over 7,000 commercial and residential property inspections. Additionally, Swickard and his team work with investors and inspect commercial properties, such as apartments, multi-family dwellings, large office buildings, and warehouses.

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Orange County, CA Rating

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5.0 (64)

Why choose this provider?

20/20 Advanced Property & Mold Inspections is owned by Michael Cantor, a CREIA and ASHI-certified inspector providing his services in Lake Forest. His work covers a house's structure and foundation, as well as its plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems. He also inspects the drainage, substructure areas, and any built-in appliances in a home. Additionally, he uses high-tech tools such as thermography and provides comprehensive and detailed inspection reports. Cantor has an educational background in engineering and has been performing home inspections since 1991.

  • New Construction Inspection

6 Mancera, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 Rating

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4.5 (11)

Why choose this provider?

1st Choice Property Inspections is a company servicing Lake Forest. It conducts home inspection services for different areas and systems in a property including foundation, plumbing, roofing, and ventilation. Its team of professionals produces a comprehensive report which includes digital photos in a flash drive. Additionally, the company's website features a wide range of information about the services it offers and the issues found in a home inspection. Services are available in English, French, and Spanish.

  • New Construction Inspection


  • How long does a home inspection take?

    The average home inspection takes two to four hours, or about an hour and a half for condos. Inspection time varies depending on home size, inspector experience, and thoroughness. After the inspection, it can take 24 to 48 hours to receive the inspector's report.

  • What is a four-point home inspection?

    A four-point inspection checks a home's plumbing, roofing, electrical wiring, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) to ensure they meet current safety standards. It’s often performed for homes in areas prone to inclement weather events, such as flooding and tornadoes, and older houses. A four-point inspection is sometimes required to get homeowner's insurance.

  • How much does a home inspection cost?

    A home inspection costs between $300 and $1,000, depending on the home's size, property location, and scope of the inspection. Prices vary by inspector, so it's best to get several quotes before committing to one.

  • Who pays for home inspection?

    It's typically the buyer's responsibility to pay for a home inspection, although the seller may cover the cost sometimes. Sellers can also choose to pay for a pre-listing inspection to uncover problems that might arise during a buyer's inspection. This gives them the chance to make necessary repairs before putting the home on the market.

  • What to look for in a home inspection?

    Your home inspector should check for:

    • Structural integrity of walls and floors
    • Plumbing issues, including signs of water damage
    • Faulty or outdated electrical wiring
    • Roof and siding damage
    • Gutter drainage
    • Problems with windows and doors
    • HVAC functionality
    • Signs of pest infestation
    • Condition of major appliances, if included with the sale
    • Condition of deck and porch

  • What fixes are mandatory after a home inspection?

    If an inspection reveals severe problems, many lenders won't agree to finance the home purchase until they are fixed. This can include building code violations, structural concerns, mold, water damage, fire hazards, and other issues that can affect the buyer's health and safety.

  • When to walk away after home inspection?

    Home inspections may uncover serious hidden concerns, such as mold in the walls or the need for new electrical wiring, that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. If the seller is unwilling to pay for the repairs, it may be time to consider walking away from the deal. Unpermitted work (work done on the home without a permit) can be a dangerous safety hazard, so this is another reason to back out of the sale.