Buying a home is a time of heightened emotion. You’re often spending a lot of your hard earned money on a down payment and a future obligation of mortgage payments.
A home inspection is a smart way to ensure you’re aware of the potential problems that could arise after you move in. But how much should a home inspection cost?
The Average Cost of a Home Inspection
We’re all about the data and the source, so the closest we could get to an average home inspection cost was to check with the companies that actually get cost data from consumers. HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List collect cost data from thousands of home buyers to see what people actually paid around the country.
The average home inspection cost from these two sources was $395.
From our independent surveying of real estate agents and inspectors, we found this average to be accurate. Of course there are variables that will affect the cost such as:
- Location/Region/Travel time
- Size of the home
- Age of the home
- How hot or cold your local real estate market is
- How many inspectors are in your local area and how busy they are
- Additional services, such as mold inspections or radon testing
Other Home Inspection Price Sources
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives a typical price range of $300-$500, and cautions that “cost does not necessarily reflect quality”.
Fixr, a popular home services site, got their home inspection cost range of $175-$600 from IndependentInspectors.org.
InterNachi, the largest home inspector trade association, has a home inspection fee calculator that estimates for inspectors what they want to charge.
What is Included in a Home Inspection?
There are a couple major home inspection associations that dictate what a home inspection covers, but in general, you can expect to have the following areas and systems inspected:
- Heating and Cooling sources
- Attic, Insulation and Ventilation
- Doors, Windows & Interior
What we Recommend
We recommend that you do your research. Take a look at the website and reviews of the inspector that your agent recommended. Get a quote.
Then go online and do a search for home inspectors in your local area. Who has great reviews? Who has a professional online presence?
These will often be the inspectors that are professionals, have seen many houses and provide excellent customer service. You want an inspector that is good with people and will give you real, actionable advice on what to look out for. And of course, a high or low price does not dictate quality. A new inspector that charges less could be outstanding, just like an experienced inspector that charges more could be complacent and no good.
Regardless, most decent home inspectors are well worth the investment. Whether it gives you leverage to ask the seller to cover more fixes, or sets your expectations for what to budget for, getting a home inspection is one of the smartest investments you can make in your new home.
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