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Typically How much do Home inspections cost

  • December 31 2011 - Plaza-Shamrock
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In Arizona, a professional home inspection costs $200-450.00
  • December 24 2014
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Yes, $1000 for one day's work sounds like a lot, but then the inspector goes home and probably spends another day writing up a report. And you'll be happy when he finds the tens of thousands of dollars worth of hidden or unknown defects before you buy. Or have peace of mind that you don't have to worry. But for the size and age of the house you were mentioning, it's sounds reasonable.
  • December 24 2014
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Wow, a pre 1900 house, and 7,000 sq.ft..... you got a deal at $1,000. As a home inspector, I would have charged even more. The real question, is what is it going to cost you to repair what the home inspector didn't find, because you when with the cheapest guy. Ask for references, find a home inspector who is fair, and thorough. Protect your self from DIY nightmares, and other concealed conditions. A home is a major investment, and you need to know what you are getting into, how it functions, and what repairs to budget for in the next ten years.



  • November 04 2014
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I posted a way for anyone to check what a home inspection will cost because there is a home inspector in my area that has a pricing calculator on-line. You can search for him if you want by searching for hi-home inspections Dublin Ohio. This will at least give you some idea of what one home inspector is charging.
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  • November 04 2014
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I am a semi-retired home inspector in Omaha, NE. I am no longer insured, so I only do home inspections for my kids and grandkids, trusting they won't sue me if I miss something. Before I was an inspector, I was a licensed general contractor and I had over 25 years of experience in multiple building trades. When I chose to begin doing home inspections, I took a home inspection course, reread all the local building codes, and obtained certification. There is no licensing in Nebraska. My charge for an inspection would be $300 - $500 for a single structure, depending on size. There is an additional charge for outbuildings and homes over 50 years old because of concerns over older electrical wiring and plumbing. I don't inspect for termites, other pests, mold, radon, or lead paint but I will advise my client if I see any evidence of thosr hazards. if anyone inspects your single-family home in less than 3 hours, I would be very suspect of the quality of the inspection.
  • November 03 2014
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I don't quote the inspector's fees, since the inspection is usually based on the size of the home and it varies depending on if the termite and lead base paint inspection is being done also.  I find that for a home that is approximately 1,500 sq. ft. a thorough inspection may take up to 2 hours or more. Always make sure your inspector has the proper license(s) if the state requires it.  I had an inspector zip through a home my son was going to purchase, handed us a report that anyone could have filled out.  Another inspector ha provided a 25+ page detailed report with photos and highlighted descriptions of the MAJOR things that had to be addressed.  Ask how many inspections they have done. You might want to think twice about an inspector that just dabbles in the field.
  • November 02 2014
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In South Florida a home inspection for a average 2000 sf home will cost about 400-450.  It will include termite and roof.  A windstorm mitigation inspection will be required by the Insurance company for discounts...the cost is 100-150.  Chinese Drywall and Mold inspections are sometimes performed as well, for an additional cost.
  • November 02 2014
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These are all good answers. I have found a home inspector in Columbus Ohio who posts his prices on the web. He has a 'create-your-own-inspection" I think his prices are fair so even if you don't want an inspection in his city you could get an idea of what one should cost. Go to [Website removed by Zillow moderator. See our Good Neighbor Policy.] and see what they cost.

Mike Forrest
  • October 29 2014
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Previous posts suggest that the inspector also be a licensed general contractor. That is a huge red flag as it is a potential conflict of interest as are recommendations from realtors. Realtors want to get a deal done and a tough inspector may cause a deal to go sideways. Do your homework and find someone who is experienced. Not all states require licensing. That doesn't mean that there aren't ethical, quality inspectors.   

  • September 17 2014
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We have an inspection scheduled & the guy is charging $1,000 which seems high. If it takes him the estimated full day (8 hours) it works out to $125/hour which seems like a pretty good pay rate. The house is 7000 sf; pool house is 1100 sf with a 3 car garage & a pool. Main part of house built in 1871

Are we off base thinking that is a high rate? We are seniors (have a lot of kids and grandkids and greats that love to visit) and our house is basically what we have.

Seems like everything is costing more than originally quoted - major sigh!
  • September 10 2014
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I am the only CMI in Honolulu, Hawaii and the fee schedule here is a bit different than the rest of the country. A "studio" apartment </= 500 sq/ft will cost $275-$300, a 2BR/2BA condo will cost approximately $425-$500 and a 3BR/2BA home </= 2,000 sq/ft will cost approximately $550-$650. The prices go up from there and can easily get into the $1k-$3k+ range. A major consideration when choosing an inspector is their professional credentials. In a state where there are no licensing requirements, it is imperative that you research your potential inspector. When the average home cost here is $650,000 for a 40 year old residence with outdated electrical, plumbing and structural components and an average home in a "middle class" neighborhood will run $1M and up...you BETTER DO YOUR RESEARCH! Do yourself a favor and reconsider basing your choices on the "price" of the inspection....instead, consider the "price" of using the cheapest inspector for the most expensive purchase of your life. Bottom line is that you get what you pay for.
  • July 29 2014
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$200-$350
  • February 27 2014
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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

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Ali
443-691-3528
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  • February 21 2014
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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.
  • 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
  • November 29 2013
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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.
  • November 29 2013
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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
  • November 26 2013
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Costs between 350-400, but money well spent
  • November 26 2013
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Between $350 and $425.
  • November 21 2013
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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.]
  • November 21 2013
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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!
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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.   
  • October 28 2013
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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!
  • October 28 2013
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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.
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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
  • October 28 2013
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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.

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  • February 15 2013
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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!

  • December 08 2012
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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
 

  • August 26 2012
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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.
  • August 03 2012
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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.
  • August 02 2012
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