Can anyone recommend a good home inspector for the South Philadelphia area?

Asked by N Young, Philadelphia, PA Wed Jan 2, 2008

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Joe Michalski, , Philadelphia, PA
Thu Feb 28, 2008
Those prices sound about right - but the HomeCheck price is totally out of line. Our prices (which are posted online) begin at $299 for homes up to 2000 Square Feet (no upcharges for garages) for inspections, $69 for Termite Inspections, and $99 for Radon Testing. The whole package of all 3 services is $449.

It is fairly important to compare what you get for each price, from each inspector. Some offer checklist reports, some offfer detailed anrratives with digital photos. Some provide cost estimates for recommended repairs, some do not. Some offer free carbon monoxide testing of furnaces, some do not. Some offer free re-inspections, others charge (especially important if the utilities or any feature of the home is not active at the time of inspection.)

Other important questions to ask is how long the inspector that will be performing your job has been an inspector (experience is importnat). Make sure they will walk the roof (not all do). Ask questions to get a feel for the inspector to make sure that you are gettting the service you want (some guys don't like answering questions, or having you follow them during the inspection). There are lots of choices - take a few minutes, and interview the inspectors about cost as well as the other items to make sure you get an inspector who will meet your needs.

Every buyer is different - so is every inspector.

In answer to the info posted about national organizations, I am a member of ASHI and in compliance with all PA laws.
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Joe Michalski, , Philadelphia, PA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Not to be self promoting, but I cover that area. I am the only inspector in the Philadelphia area who has won Angie's List Super Service Award for the past two years. You can find more info (including our prices) at

If you mention that you found us on Trulia, I can also give you a $25 discount.

If you select another company, you should ask how long they have been in business, are they licensed in Philly (not all inspectors are), and if they will exceed the industry standards of practice which are VERY weak - for example inspectors don't have to walk on your roof or remove your electric panel cover, or even check every outlet...jsut a "representative sample." I know that if I was plugging my computer into an outlet, I would want to know if it was properly wired.

If you just want some guidence, please fell free to call me directly and I am alwyas happy to answer any questions!
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Met, , Cash, AR
Thu Feb 28, 2008
google exactly philadelphia home inspectors

these are the people i called and got prices on a 2 story row, middle of block, w/ basement and attached garage. 3 bd 1 bth

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$320 $75 termite $100 radon

Accuracy Assured Home Inspections, LLC $330


Home Check $375

house inspect $330 $85 $120

HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC $289 termite $344 radon $449 way cool

INSPECTIONS UNLIMITED INC $320 termite $85 radon $115
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Jim Bushart, , Cassville, MO
Thu Jan 17, 2008
Joe Michalski....doesn't PA require that you be a member and accountable to a national association in order to do business. I don't see your name on the roster of any of these associations. Do you care to comment?
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Chris & Step…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Typically your buyers agent will recommend several home inspectors that cover the area. I think it is always good to get a good recommendation. We have helped numerous people purchase in S. Philly and Pennsport. The majority of our buyers ended up using Countywide Home Inspections. I have also personally used County Wide for properties before I purchased them. That might be a good option for you but I would also check with your agent.
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Joe Michalski, , Philadelphia, PA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
In the interest of helping other buyers to help them find a good inspector, you can find some helpful information here:

It is a blog I wrote just for this reason - to help buyers learn what is importnatn to kow in hiring a home inspector. As in every profession, there are great ones, and poor ones. Hopefully, knowing what questions to ask can help you and others get an inspector perfectly suited to your needs.
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David M. Korr, , Quakertown, PA
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Having dealt with several home inspection companies, my client's really like the service provided by Inspections Unlimited Inc. They provide a nice report and are ASHI and AARST certified. As with any vendor, ask for references. You are making a big purchase and you need to feel certain that you are making the right decision. A good home inspector will help answer many questions you may have.

As with any information on these sites, this is my opinion and not a "recommendation".
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