Buying a home can be a wonderful experience, yet it can likewise be a lengthy and challenging process. That’s why a good quality home inspection is so crucial during the home purchase process. The typical homeowner doesn’t have the training needed to spot many of the conditions or situations which can lead to more devastating problems if not handled properly. These are also largely why most real estate agents encourage home buyers to hire a home inspector when they are looking to buy a house.
If you are looking for the typical cost of home inspection, especially a home inspection in the Pacific Northwest Region of Washington State, then you have absolutely come to the right place! Below you will find all the information you need to understand residential home inspection costs and what you can typically expect to pay!
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A typical residential home inspection in Washington State in 2019 costs around between $400 and $600. Any less than $400 for a full home inspection on a single-family residence, and you should be cautious about paying attention to how much value that money is providing you.
Apartments, condos, and tiny homes under 1,000 sq ft. may have an inspection cost as little as $250 (give or take). Additional testing services for home inspections can include mold testing, radon testing, water quality testing, indoor air quality test, and or non-attached structure inspections.
All of these additional services, which your home inspector had to complete additional inspection courses and continuing education to obtain certification. All of the time spent taking these classes costs your inspector not only money but time as well, meaning the more classes your inspector takes, the less time they will have to make any money! Which is why it’s most common for inspection service additions to increase the cost of the home inspection
Make sure to purchase these services as add-ons to a complete comprehensive home inspection and report, if you can, as this will save you money. Buying these services as add-ons, rather than standalone services when you know you need them will save you a lot of money! When you purchase an add-on service with a residential inspection, the price of that service is typically one half to a quarter of the cost of buying the service separately.
If your real estate agent hasn’t provided you with a list of home inspectors to contact for your inspection, the best way to find a home inspector online at least would be to do a Google search for “home inspectors near me” which will provide you with a list of professionals you can contact within the Google Services/ Maps section at the top of the search results page.
Following is a list of what you can expect of the cost analysis breakdown of a home inspection:
Different home inspectors will cover various locations during their examination of the home and systems. As there is only a set of minimum expectations for home inspectors to comply with in their inspection of houses, it is up to each home inspector what they are comfortable providing above and beyond that minimum. At the end of the inspection, your home inspector should notify you as to when you will receive the written home inspection report detailing the trouble locations that were discovered, complete with written descriptions and images of the problem locations.
In Olympia, the cost of adding a single section/ area mold test to an in-progress home inspection is $50 with SPS Inspections (rush charges do apply), whereas a standalone single area mold inspection test will run you about $100. These are the prices for your average single section air cell mold test.
A complete home mold inspection on the other hand, which consists of several mold sampling tapes as well as samples taken from several areas of the home, will cost you a minimum of $250 at SPS Inspections of Olympia, but that all depends on the size of the home and the extent of the mold, or possible mold issues. On average, a typical complete home mold inspection in Washington State can cost you anywhere from $250 to $500 plus, depending on what the client is requesting, and how many testing samples and controls need to be taken.
At SPS Inspections, we provide all home inspection clients with a reference packet at the beginning of the inspection. This packet details the systems which are to be inspected, how to maintain and service those systems as a homeowner to keep them operating over the years, and much more. Included with this home reference book is information about many of the various services we offer and a few “gifts” for our clients courtesy of InterNACHI and SPS Inspections!
SPS Inspections of Olympia Washington includes these house systems with every comprehensive residential single-family homes:
Ultimately, what the home inspection covers will guide or determine the average price for home inspection services rendered. Depending on the size or square footage of the property, your certified home inspectors fees may be larger or smaller. For example, larger homes and older homes typically cost more to have insp[ected than smaller, newer homes, as there is usually less that needs intensive observation. Whether you are worried about the home’s electrical system, or if the home purchase includes a swimming pool in the backyard, make it your responsibility as a competent home buyer to hire a home inspector.
Though SPS Inspectors are active and certified members of InterNACHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors is also a great organization to become a member of after becoming a home inspector!
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