Home Inspection Cost Calculator

By JDFerris | Industry Resources

Sep 11

Home Inspection Cost Calculator and Average Inspection Cost Tool

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 a 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!

The Most Accurate Home Inspection Cost Calculator for 2019

If you want to know how cheap or expensive your home inspection will be, look no further than this home inspection calculator below! Just enter your respective property information into the appropriate text box, and by the time you are finished typing, the home inspection cost calculator will have already provided you with a home inspection price estimate for your specific property details!

Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below! Did you enjoy the calculator? Was it fun? Would you use this cost calculator again? What other real estate cost calculator would you benefit from?


Home Inspection Cost Calculator

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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:

  • There is no ubiquitous criterion for how the home inspection cost is determined, so you must ask your inspector upfront to figure out how you will be billed, and how much. For the most part, you can expect to pay either prior to the services, or sometime shortly thereafter. At this point in time, SPS Inspections requires payment before we will release your home inspection report.
  • 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 fees 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 inspectors and also how they go about completing 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 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.

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 Home Inspection Fees in Review

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.

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