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Best Home Inspection Companies in Waterloo

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Waterloo 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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1715 Mandalay Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Top To Bottom Home Inspection Services is a home inspection company that has been serving the Waterloo metro for over 14 years. The company caters to both residential and commercial properties and P.A.R.R.-certified disaster inspector. The company's main focus is ASHI standard inspections and computerized comprehensive reports that are delivered within 24 hours of the session. Top To Bottom Home Inspection Services also offers specific inspections of electrical, plumbing, foundation, ventilation, roofing, and heating components.

  • Pre-Listing Inspection

300 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, IA 50701

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5.0 (28)
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5.0 (19)

Why choose this provider?

Established in 2008, EI2S Home Inspectors serves homeowners and tenants living in Waterloo. It inspects a household for structural issues or damages in systems like the HVAC, plumbing, flooring, and ceiling. It can also conduct special inspections for crawlspaces and separate building attachments, such as garages and tool sheds. After each session, the company sends an online PDF report to explain discovered issues, possible causes, and repair suggestions. Its inspector is also certified to test for radon gas, mold growth, and pests.

  • Pre-Listing Inspection

2628 Ryan Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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5.0 (3)

Why choose this provider?

Mark Schleisman Home Inspections provides its services to home buyers in the Waterloo metro and surrounding areas. It aims to help customers with their real estate purchases as it believes that owning a home is one of the biggest investments. The company specializes in inspecting the property's interior and exterior structures, roofing systems, insulation, and ventilation. It also evaluates the major systems such as the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. The company's owner, Mark Schleisman, is an InterNACHI-certified inspector.

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FAQs

  • 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.