Price shopping home inspectors?
Inspection fees vary considerably and yet we find people calling around to see who can offer the cheapest, without asking the real questions – like experience, depth of inspection and different services offered.
There are inspectors who charge as little as $350, no matter the size of the house or how complicated it is to inspect. A seasoned home inspector might charge a few hundred dollars more then the ” cheap priced” inspector, but even that is still a bargain. If the inspection fee on a $600,000 house is $600, that’s .001% of the cost of the house.
Real estate agencies charge 3.0% to 6.0% to sell a house, that’s $18,000 to $36,000 for a $600,000 house! If the owner of a house is willing to pay a real estate agent $18,000 to $36,000 to sell a house, is $600 too much to find out the property’s true condition?
What have you saved when the “cheap priced” inspector fails to uncover a major (expensive) issue or fails to properly convey important findings?
Have you viewed a sample report from the “competitively priced” inspection company?
Does it include photo documentation? (unlikely) Is it a handwritten checklist report? (likely)
If a thorough inspection, full narrative report and photo editing of an average size home takes 5 to 7 hours, (not counting travel time) how “thorough” is the inspector who does two inspections and reports in a day?
With home prices on the rise, it is time to evaluate the choice of using a home inspector, who is not only experienced, impartial but also independent.
You only have one shot at a home inspection, make it count