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Old 11-10-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Give or take...what would you say is a rough average charge for a new home inspection?
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:16 PM
 
Location: West, Southwest, East & Northeast
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It depends on the size and magnitude of the house, but on average it should be between $250.00 and $350.00 in most areas.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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This would be 3000 square feet, single family home.

The guy we were planning to use gave us a bill (scheduled for next week) for $495 and that seemed steep...
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It depends on your area and what's being inspected. On average, here, $250-350, plus there would lbe additional for wood destroying insect inspection and, perhaps, septic if applicable.

That would be for new construction or for a resale. I advise my clients to get the same inspection for a new construction as they would for a resale - the same things must be inspected.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Central NJ
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We paid $425 in NJ for home inspection, radon test and pest inspection.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:53 PM
 
Location: West, Southwest, East & Northeast
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This would be 3000 square feet, single family home.

The guy we were planning to use gave us a bill (scheduled for next week) for $495 and that seemed steep...
I'd say that's probably on the high side unless you also had a radon inspection and/or something special like an emergency electrical backup system, etc.

I had a 6,500 sq ft house inspected in Forsyth County, NC that included a large modern horse barn with all modern conveniences (bath/shower, sinks, kitchen, etc.), swimming pool, separate spa, underground sprinkler system, natural gas emergency electrical backup system, electric gates, security system, etc. and also a radon test. Many of these extras are not normally inspected, but I wanted them inspected. The inspection cost was about $650, which I thought was very fair.

You may want to call a couple of local inspectors and ask what the general cost range in your area is. At least you will have a comparison in case you want to dispute the charge.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Of course it can vary with the area, age of house, etc.
10 - 14 cents/square foot is about average.
3000 SF house in my area would be $350 - 400. Radon is about $100 more.

$495 for a 3000 SF house might be on the high side. However, not knowing what's included....

Key questions to ask:
1. How long have you been in business as a home inspector.
2. How many inspections have you done.
3. Are you licensed? (Some states require licenses, NC being one of them)
4. Can I see a sample report?
5. How long are you going to take. That size house should take at least 3 hours, maybe more.
6. Is it OK I follow you around and ask questions? If they answer NO to this one, fire them and look for another.
7. Do you have any references?
8. What are you basing your price on? I'm not saying it's too high, but asking what the price is based on will give you a chance to hear what he has to say for himself. If the answer is something like, "well everyone else charges this much." then move on.

Hope this helps
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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sneeze,
are you close to closing on your house?

I just got word that my house is nearing the end of pre-drywall, and I am due a owner's walk through.

I was considering an inspector to go with me... because honestly I don't know what I will be looking at in the pre dry wall inspection.

Everything will look okay to my untrained eye

Last edited by kcam213; 11-10-2008 at 09:54 PM.. Reason: clarity
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Greenville County, SC
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Is the construction on your home finished?

When mine was built we hired an inspector for a pre-drywall inspection, post-drywall inspection, pre-final inspection (at my request, we wanted to make sure builder had corrected some problems so it would not become an issue for closing), and final inspection. We paid about $600 total.
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:28 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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wow, great price. what state do you live in? I wonder if I can find similar deal here in Michigan
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