When trying to decipher through all of the prices of a home
inspection, keep in mind that there are a few different factors to consider in finding
a reasonable price. The first one is location.
Different locations have different averages of what
homeowners spend on a home inspector. Just as a reference, the national average
is anywhere from $401 to $529. However, depending on your location, this can be
plus or minus a few hundred dollars.
The next factor is the actual size of your home. This one is
simple. The bigger the home, the longer it will take for an inspection to be
done and, as a result, the more expensive. Some homes may take two to three
hours while others may take four to five hours. One important thing to note is
if your home has any detached garages, barns, sheds, etc., some inspectors count
this as still being the main home, while others may charge extra for them.
Furthermore, as with most things in life you get what you
pay for. If you would like a quality home inspection expect to pay a little
more. This can pay out dividends. The better educated the inspector is in detecting
termites, mice, etc. the better off you will be. Buying a home and then finding
out that there are termites eating the foundation would be a horrible
So with all of these factors in consideration, start off
with about the average price for either your local area or nationally, and
adjust for these different factors. Take into account the size of the home, if
there are any attachments that may cost extra, and the quality of the inspector himself/herself. From here you should be able to estimate a reasonable cost for a
home inspection. Expect to be within $100 to $200 dollars of the estimate that
the home inspector gives you.