How much money does a home inspection cost?

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Home Inspection Cost

Buying real estate can be high pressure, made all the more so by potential problems hiding behind the walls, in the ceiling, or inside the heating/cooling system. To help avoid bad deals for you the buyer and unforeseen repair costs, real estate agents and home manufacturing companies often recommend a home inspection by a qualified and properly certified inspector before you sign on the dotted line, but many homeowners and home buyers wonder if the cost of home inspection is worth it.

 

Here is a breakdown of what a home inspection does and how much you should expect to pay for a qualified home inspector:

 

What a home inspection covers.

While there are no hard-and-fast rules about how home inspection companies do their work, any professional inspector should perform a limited, non-invasive examination of your home. He should check out all essential pieces of the house including your water heater, furnace, plumbing, roof and foundation, and then provide you with a report of the results that may include photos of problems found.

Remember the final walkthrough.

The home inspection itself identifies what needs to be fixed. Realtors recommend a second visit by your inspector to verify that the work has actually been done to your satisfaction.

This should not be making holes in your walls, damaging fixtures or prying up shingles. While more invasive examinations are sometimes required, they should come only with the written consent of the homeowner. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to be present when your inspector is doing his work so you aren’t surprised by any issues later.

Home inspectors can sometimes look for other hazards such as termites, asbestos or radon, but it may take special certification to perform these types of home inspection. Be sure to ask your inspector if they are able to do these types of inspections if you are interested in them and if they cost extra.

Cost of a home inspection.

Just as regulation home inspection companies differs by state, home inspection costs are also unfixed and can vary. Expect to pay at least $400 for a decent home inspection from a reputable company on an average 2,000 square-foot home, but be aware that can easily push to $500 or $600 if you have a large home or need a more thorough examination.

Choosing a home inspector.

To evaluate your home inspector, start by doing research on their home inspection company or name online. Check out their ratings and inspector reviews. See my reviews here Once you’ve hired an inspector, make sure you’re at home to inspect the work.

At each stage of the home inspection process, the inspector should be thorough. Expect a full home inspection to take two to three hours, and once finished you should be provided with a readable home inspection report detailing any problems found and the potential remedies.

To help avoid bad deals and unforeseen repair costs, real estate agents and home manufacturing companies often recommend a home inspection by a qualified inspector before you sign on the dotted line, but many homeowners and homebuyers wonder if the cost of home inspection is worth it. Here is a breakdown of what a home inspection does and how much you should expect to pay for a qualified home inspector.

Just as regulation home inspection companies differs by state, home inspection costs are also unfixed and can vary. Expect to pay at least $400 for a decent home inspection from a reputable company on an average 2,000 square-foot home, but be aware that can easily push to $500 or $600 if you have a large home or need a more thorough home inspection.

A home inspector you interview may belong to a professional association like the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

 

How home inspectors are regulated.

Licensing of home inspectors varies from state to state. Whether or not they are certified by a state agency, all home inspectors should carry some form of insurance, whether private operators or employees of a company.

A home inspector you interview may belong to a professional association like the one I am a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).  Any reputable home inspector should follow the guidelines of the association he or she is a member of, all of which have a standard of best practices for examining all parts of a home.

About Tom Driscoll, Certified Home Inspector

Tom has been providing Long Island and New York City with the most thorough and complete home inspections in the industry. We use state of the art equipment to provide you with the best possible home inspection experience possible.

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