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Old 04-05-2012, 04:48 PM
 
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It has been about 12 years since I purchased my last home (current), and I paid about $250 then. What is the going rate these days? I was quoted $600.00 for an inspection. That sounds high to me, especially considering that the house I am interested in is a distress sale and is "as is". My question to my wife is why pay someone $600.00 for a list of things that will not get fixed by the seller?

I'm not knocking good work, you get what you pay for, I know that. But does $600 for a one story 90 year old home (small) pier and beam sound like the going rate?

Thanks for your input in advance.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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600 way too much unless it's comprehensive with structural.

The inspection is supposed to tell you when there's a big red flag not to buy a house. Whether the seller will fix it or not just plays into whether you abandon the contract or not.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Sounds quite high to me.
We were pretty happy with Brad Leland.
Houston Home Inspection - Brad Leland - Home Inspector
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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We paid $450 the first time, but when we called the same guy again, he dropped the price to $400.
He is very good and we will call him again, as needed: http://www.finalhomeinspection.com/

A good inspector will point out flaws of which you might not be aware, or sometimes can result that you would walk out from a house that has too many problems.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Sounds quite high to me.
We were pretty happy with Brad Leland.
Houston Home Inspection - Brad Leland - Home Inspector
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This inspector's fees, when you add the $50 because the house was built before 1980, and the $100 because the house was also built before 1950, and an extra $100 because it is a pier and beam comes out to $550.

Maybe I chose the wrong career.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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This inspector's fees, when you add the $50 because the house was built before 1980, and the $100 because the house was also built before 1950, and an extra $100 because it is a pier and beam comes out to $550.

Maybe I chose the wrong career.
A distressed >60 year old house. Sounds like the beginning to the movie "The money pit"
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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A distressed >60 year old house. Sounds like the beginning to the movie "The money pit"

Distressed in that the owners can't afford it and are possibly escaping foreclosure if I buy it (for a flip). The home itself appears solid from what I can tell, and I'm a woodworker and carpenter in my spare time.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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They do price in sq footage tiers. How many square feet?
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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$300-350 for a relatively new home around 2000 sft would be average IMO
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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they do price in sq footage tiers. How many square feet?
1500
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