Home Inspection Cost Calculator

By JDFerris | Home Inspection

Sep 11

Home Inspection Cost Calculator and Quote Tool

Acquiring a residence is terrific, yet it can likewise be a lengthy and challenging process. That’s why a good quality home inspection is so crucial when buying a home. 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 professionals encourage buyers to employ a home inspector when they are looking to purchase a house.

The Most Accurate Home Inspection Cost Calculator for 2019

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Average Home Inspection Costs & Fees

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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 such as home inspections including mold testing, radon testing, water quality testing, and non-attached structure inspections all add to the total cost of the home inspection. Make sure to purchase these service add-ons along with a complete comprehensive home inspection, 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.

Following is a list of what you can expect of the cost analysis breakdown of a home inspection:

  • There is no ubiquitous criterion for how the home inspection cost is determined, so you must ask your inspector up front to figure out how you will be billed, and how much.
  • Having the home inspection industry be largely as unregulated as it is, this leaves room for home inspectors to decide how they would like to charge clients, and for what amount. Some home inspectors use a hierarchy to charge a set price based on the area in square feet of the living space. For example; up to 1,500 sq ft is $400, 1,501-2,000 sq ft is $450, and so on. Some base their fee on the total square feet of the attic space under the roofing system. Lastly, some home inspectors still yet charge based on the quantity of time invested in the home inspection. Personally, at SPS Inspections of Olympia Washington, we base our home inspection costs on each house individually by the house’s size, age, and distance in miles from SPS Inspections’ Offices.
  • If your home inspector charges based upon the quantity of time spent inspecting the house, the bigger your home is, the much more you must anticipate paying.
  • The age of houses can impact the price. Some more recently built residences and new construction homes can be checked in 2 to 3 hrs while older residences can take four or even more hrs. This time difference can result from repair work, enhancements, damages related to time, and depreciation of the home. Also, how your house has aged and established “character,” and “eccentricities” over many years which may require a closer look and more attention to detail while performing the inspection.
  • Some home inspection reports could take an hr or more to finish, while it is possible for others to take as much as four hrs or even more. This differs between home inspector and also how they go about compiling their home inspection reports for clients.
  • Just like in many other industries, paying the lowest price for a home inspection might not in your best benefit. The HUD doesn’t manage professional home inspectors (The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), so it is possible that home inspectors who bill the least could be reducing the quality of their inspections to meet the quantity needs with a lower price. And when the transaction consists of several hundreds of thousands of dollars or more on your end, as well as the excitement and emotion surrounding one of the most significant purchases you will likely make in life, I don’t know about you, but I would not want someone comfortable cutting corners to be the one inspecting my home! 

What Should Be Covered in a Proper Home Inspection?

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Different home inspectors will cover various locations during their examination of the home and systems. As there is only a set minimum of 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 home inspection written report detailing the trouble locations that were discovered, complete with written descriptions and images of the problem locations.

Home Inspections By SPS Inspections Always Go Above and Beyond

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:

  1. Exterior (siding, doors, windows, eaves, fascia, soffits, vents, trim, steps, stairs, etc.)
  2. Roof (shingles, slope, pitch, vents, penetrations, shingle granulation, flashing, etc.)
  3. Interior (windows, doors, stairs, receptacles, switches, walls, ceilings, bathrooms, etc.)
  4.  Heating ( heating medium, type, capacity, function, stack effect, etc.)
  5.  Cooling (heat pump, swamp cooler, air conditioner, etc.)
  6.  Attic, Insulation, Ventilation
  7. Plumbing (drain waste vent, toilets, bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, bathroom vents, sinks, water flow, water heater, etc.)
  8. Electrical (service drop, main breaker panel, breakers?, fuses?, receptacle polarity, system ratings, receptacle polarity, grounding, subpanels, etc.)
  9. Chimney/Fireplace (clearances, material, damper function, creosote buildup, safety, etc.)
  10. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace, and Structure (SPS Inspections enters all crawlspaces unless deemed immediately dangerous or hazardous to the inspectors’ safety to enter the crawlspace.)

Average Cost of Home Inspection Fees in Review

Ultimately, what the home inspection covers will guide or determine how much the inspection costs. 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.

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