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.
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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:
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.
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 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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