How Much Should an Inspection Cost?
"How much do you charge?" When most people call to inquire
about a home inspection, this is the generally the first and only question
on their minds. They mistakenly believe that they are getting the same
service from each inspector that they call and that if they can save
a couple of bucks by finding someone $25.00 cheaper, then they have
been a smart shopper. This couldn't be further from the truth. Certainly
if you were seeking a doctor for a heart bypass this is not the approach
that you would use to find the best qualified physician for the job.
For many people buying a home is the single most important investment
that they will make. Why trust this to someone who will not do the best
job for you just because they are cheaper? The reality is that a
home inspection generally pays for itself many times over in the savings
gained from renegotination based on the findings of the inspection report.
If an inexperienced or worse yet an inspector who "works for the Realtor"
overlooks or minimizes important conditions, the buyer has saved nothing
by finding a low priced inspection.
There are different methods used by inspectors to calculate the inspection
fee. Some charge by square footage of the house others base their
fees on the price of the home. There oftentimes may be add on charges
for components such as multiple furnaces, air conditioners, outbuildings,
crawl spaces, or appliances. Many times the age and complexity of the
home play a role in the fee. Ultimately the best way to understand the
fee is to realize that the fee should reflect the complexity and time
spent at the house.
It's not about price but value. Home inspection standards are
minimal requirements for a minimal inspection. To get a quality inspection
your inspector should be going beyond the minimum. Combustible gas meters,
carbon monxoide detectors and moisture meters are important tools that
are not required in a typical inspection to association standards. A
minimal inspection is simply insufficient to identify significnat conditions.
For example a furnace with elevated levels of carbon monoxide is a life
threatening safety hazard yet a condition that would be missed during
a minimal inspection.
If price were all that mattered we'd all be driving Yugos. The
2005 ASHI Business Operations Study lists the average inspection fee
for full time inspectors in 2004 at $321.00. The truth is if you are
being quoted a low ball price you should be asking what you are not
We are thorough and objective. When you hire us for an inspection
your will get an independent objective evaluation of your home based
on 15 years of home inspection experience from a professional licensed
architect. Our reports are not some cheap checklist, unreadable because
of chicken scratch writing. Our report is professional and includes
photos documenting conditions so that you can better negotiate for repairs.
We do not minimize defects and tell it like it is. We have no vested
interest in whether you purchase the house or not. We give you a truly
unbiased evaluation of the home so that you have the information you
need to make a sound buying decision.
Call us for a price at (614) 459-5941
Before we quote a price on a home inspection we want to understand what
we are inspecting. The square footage, age and complexity of the house
are important factors. We want to know if there are any special concerns
as well. Generally inspections begin at $300.00. Termite and radon are
Property Inspection provides residential and commercial inspection services
performed by an ASHI Certified Home Inspector throughout Central Ohio,
including but not limited to: Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Delaware,
Licking, Hocking, Madison, Perry, Pickaway, Union counties.
inspections in: Columbus, Pickerington, Lancaster, Pataskala, Newark,
Granville, Delaware, Logan, Worthington, Hilliard, Dublin, Gahanna,
Grove City, Groveport, Bexley, Whitehall, Circleville, Baltimore, Marysville,
Powell, Westerville, Upper Arlington, Millersport, Etna, Buckeye Lake,
Hebron, Bremen, Thornville, Amanda, Stoutsville, New Lexington, Junction
City, Washington Court House, Carroll, Canal Winchester, Ostrander,
Rockbridget, Hideaway Hills, Chillicothe, Johnstown, Heron Bay, Ohio.