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Typically How much do Home inspections cost

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$200-$350
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February 27
its depend on area of the house.
but usually I charge here in Florida Orlando
900 sq feet and less    $150
901 to 2100 sq feet  $200
2101 to 3200 sq feet   $250

 Lic#8156
Ali
443-691-3528
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February 21
When doing inspections the cost can vary depending on the home. There are several things to take into consideration such as age, units, gas or oil, radon, and termite. Best to speak to several inspectors and see reviews before hiring. Price can be as little as $300 to as high as $1000. Do not let price sway you one way or another because this is one of the most important things in the process.
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November 29 2013
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Good Evening.

Most base their standard rates on the SF of said property, pools, spas, etc are extra, but the an average range would be from $200 - $450. This does not include termite inspection. Which may or may not be needed.

I hope this helps.

-Shawn
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November 29 2013
They can, should and often do go for higher than $500.  If you are really interested in protecting your investment how much the inspection should cost should be the least of your concerns.  You need to worry about the qualifications of the person inspecting your home.  Until just recently Florida had No Licensed Home Inspectors.  Florida just finished a temporary "S.O.P." Standards of Practice for the newly licensed home inspectors.  Before licensing went into effect their were NO REQUIREMENTS to calling oneself a home inspector.  When licensing went into effect it was extremely easy for anyone who had been selling themselves to become a home inspector to be grandfathered into the new license.  I suggest you look for someone with some real qualifications that they can prove and not the next to useless piece of paper issued by the State.  All those who hold a license are NOT EQUAL.  I suggest you hire a "C.M.I." Certified Master Inspector or a Home Inspector that is also a Licensed General Contractor.  The requirements for those are much more stringent than State License Holders.  Here is a link to help you find a Certified Master Home Inspector in your area. http://certifiedmasterinspector.org/  Good luck and remember the lowest price inspector offers the lowest price for a reason.  That is all he or she is worth.
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November 29 2013
Most home inspectors will base thier fee on the size (SF) of the home. The starting price is around $250.00 and can go as high as $500.00
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November 26 2013
Costs between 350-400, but money well spent
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November 26 2013
Between $350 and $425.
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November 21 2013
In South Dakota I charge from $300.00 and up depending on square feet and the age of the home.[Hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for information.]
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November 21 2013
The home inspection cost depends on the size of the home as well as other factors such as what part of the country you are in,  age, out buildings and inspection of appliances (not all inspectors inspect appliances). I recommend that you ask a Realtor for the best Inspector(s) and price would be the second criteria. You want to be sure that the Inspector is licensed and Insured.
Good luck!
Laura
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October 28 2013
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Best money you can spend. Think about it. You are making the larges purchase of your life. Cost in the hundreds should not be a issue.   
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October 28 2013
Let's put home inspection fees in perspective: If you're buying a $400,000 house and the inspection fee is $700, that's less than .2% of the cost of the house! Most real estate agencies charge 3% to 6% to sell a home, that would be $12,000 to $24,000 for a $400,000 house! The cost of a home inspection is a bargain, even if you paid $1500 for the inspection, and most are less than half that!
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October 28 2013
Down here in Eastern KY they range from 250 - 325.00 .
We are also one of the states that require classroom for licensing and
cont. education for licensing renewal.
-Joseph-
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October 28 2013
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well a home inspection can range anywhere from $200 - $400... it is advisable to spend the extra little money to get the most qualified http://keyshomeinspection.com/
that you can in the area.... it will save a lot of headaches later on
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October 28 2013
Home Inspection costs is based on the age and sizes of the home that requires inspection.  Inspection items include the roof system, the building envelope, the plumbing and electrical systems, the foundation, the garage, the kitchen, bathrooms.  Special inspections and may require home inspections to have extra licenses or certifications to perform is extra would include termites, mold, radon, water quality, asbestos, lead paint and lead dust.  Check out home inspect costs in NYC on website.

www.unityhomeinspectors.com/home_inspection_cost

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February 15 2013

Cost of a Home Inspection? First off, I would do them for free if my wife let me... :-) I enjoy my work that much! When a client calls me for a quote I take some time and ask about the house. How big, how old, does it have a garage or outbuildings that need to be inspected? What kind of condition is it generally in? All these questions tend to help me reason on how much it will cost. If I can I will even look it up on the internet and see the listing information as well as photos. Currently there are a lot of fixer uppers on the market and even though a house may be smaller or newer it may end up taking a lot of time. Typically I get 240 to 260 for smaller town houses and such and the price adjust upward from there. I keep my overhead low so I can provide a quality inspection at a reasonable price. Once I make an educated determination for price and the client accepts I then forget about the price and just do the inspection the right way, regardless of how long it takes!

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December 08 2012

One answer suggests looking up a national franchise and just going with them.  That might work out fine, but always check references, ask to see a sample report, and make sure they are both licensed and insured.  In the Southeast Virginia area, the going rate is anywhere from $275-$450 depending on the size of the house, the presence of a crawl space, and whether there are outbuildings or a garage on the property. 

Bob Greeley
Inside Out Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Virginia Beach, VA
 

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August 26 2012
Well that is a fantastic question.  A typical inspection can cost somewhere between $400 to $800.  This is typically a home inspection of the structure and hopefully would include a termite inspection as well.  Now, the rest of the question is what else do you need to inspect?  Many times an inspector will suggest other professionals to complete the inspection... such as well, septic, HVAC, Structural Engineer and more.  These can add to the cost of a HOME INSPECTION but they all have their place in conjunction with a home inspection.  Make sure you allow for these additional expenses if the home you have may need these inspections in addition to the basic home inspection.
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August 03 2012
The Home Inspection is a very important part of purchasing a property.  The cost depends on square footage, type of property, how thorough an inspection you want - e.g. full home plus termite, wind mitigation etc.  Don't think a Termite inspection is not required just because you see tht there is a Termite policy in effect.  There could be severe termite damage that is already existing which would not be covered by that policy. 

The lowest I have seen in FL is $175 and the highest was $450.  Once you know the address of the property you are buying just call a nationally known franchise and get a quote.  I use the same company all the time because I have learned to trust the inspector.  But this is only when the buyer leaves it up to me.  I also make sure that we include a Home Warranty in the contract tht will be paid for at settlement by the seller.
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August 02 2012
Here the average size house is $300-$350. Don't cheap out on the inspection. Hire an inspector that follows and can produce a Standards of Practice so you know exactly what your going to get. If there isn't licensing in your state this is even more important .
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August 02 2012
The typical cost for a home inspection can range between $300 and $500, according to one report found from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Costs will vary by region, thoroughness of the inspection, and the age and size of the home. I recently was at a home inspection for a large 3200 square foot home and the inspection cost $800!
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August 01 2012
Here in Northern CA, most whole house inspections run $350-450. Inspections including a crawl space or a pool would add to the cost.
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August 01 2012
In our area you see them from 250 for smaller homes and town homes up to 500. Now keep in mind, termite, radon, well, septic etc are all additional costs. Hope this helps
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August 01 2012
The key word here is "Inspections". There are many home inspection companies that are more like "Lookers". The Lookers are usually the inexpensive inspection. These Lookers will spend about 1 to 1 1/2 hours inspecting a 2500 sq ft house. They don't tell you much more than what you already know about the house. You paid for nothing other than hearing what you hoped to hear, that there are no major problems.

A more experienced inspector will take more than twice as long to inspect a house. If in your area you are getting an average price around $350 to $400 for an inspection then you get a quote for $250 for the same house then you can assume that this inspector is not doing as thorough job and the other guys. It kind of makes you wonder what they are not inspecting.

You should qualify the inspector you want to hire. How many years have they been doing inspections? Are they Certified? Are they licensed, if their state requires it? Their Background? How long do your inspections take? How many inspection do you do in a day? How many inspections have you done? and so forth.

My advice is to go with the higher priced inspector. This is not the place to save money and shame on the realtors that shop for their clients inspector by finding the cheapest inspector just to save their client money and hopefully the cheap inspector will not find anything that would kill the deal for them.

You only get one shot at an inspection on your house. If you go with the cheap guy, you will most likely be dissatisfied. By then your deadline is past and you just have to live with your decision and the house with all it's overlooked problems.

You get what you pay for.
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June 23 2012
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Homes appraisals cost around $300 to $400 but could be more if your home is further outside of the city limits. Home inspections cost around $300 to $400 too. The bank may charge you more or less. Once it gets to the appraiser, the appraiser must negotiate their own fees so the fees that the appraiser gets from the bank might be $200 or more depending on the demand and supply of real estate appraisers in your area. 

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January 20 2012
Thats what Zillow needs, some home inspectors that you can reach out to. Locally there are a lot, look in the yellow pages and call them to find out what they specifically will charge for your home, include pest, perhaps radon too.
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January 15 2012
It depends on square feet but you are looking at 250 or so for a condo and 350+ for a house. A critical investment of money for the buyer.
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January 02 2012
Oh yes, Condo have a lower minimum (for me) as they tend to be smaller, but I have inspected a Condo larger than the typical townhouse...and priced it accordingly.

Tiny expensive houses in exclusive areas, Huge Condos and town-homes larger than single family homes are why we don't have "fixed" prices.  When we had fixed prices the number of houses that were underpriced was to high...  A 900 sq.ft condo should not be priced the same as a 2,200 sq.ft condo. Similarly a $500,000 home in one area my be 1,000 sq.ft and 2,700 sq.ft in another.  Makes pricing tough.
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January 02 2012
Many here in MARYLAND start around $385 or so and go up based on the sale price & Sq.ft.  My max is around 1/10th of 1% of the sale price, so a $750,000 house is often around $750.00.  Add-ons may include surcharges for crawl spaces, age (older houses take longer to inspect), multiple kitchens, Radon, pestsand other supplementary services.

Because of our areas diversity of houseing styles and prices, we base our price -mostly- on Sq.ft as that directly relates to the work that needs to be done, but have a factor for sale price as higher priced houses often have more options and equipment to inspect.

We base our sq.ft on the tax records so we are consistent.  We also know that we average about 1hr-1hr 15min per 1,000 sq.ft.  So a 2,500 sq.ft house will about 3 hours from when we roll up to when we hand the report over. Larger houses actually take LESS time per sq.ft, but we would rather schedule the time and not need it than have our clients have to leave before we are done... Some find the Q&A at the end the most important time as they can ask the questions they forgot to ask as we walked around.
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January 02 2012
Syed's numbers are off about $100.00. The average fee in the Dallas / Fort Worth area is $275.00 on the low side on a small very house and $350.00 for a house up to 3000 sq ft. Termite / WDI inspections average an additional $75.00. No experienced and quality home inspector would charge only $225.00.
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January 01 2012
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