There is a lot of money on the table when it comes to home inspection services, with usually buying or selling a home involved, or after some accident or illness makes you concerned about the state of your home. With the health of a home on the line, it’s still important to both understand how much an inspection costs, as well as when a deal looks too good to be true. A home inspection isn’t something you want to skimp on, as a rushed or amateur inspection can overlook issues that can become thousands of dollars in headaches.
Looking at Home Inspection Packages
Regardless of where you are in the US, the best home inspectors share some things in common. They should list the price for their basic packages on their website and help explain what’s included in a home inspection. Taking a look at our home inspection services page is a good example: we include packages for all the various scenarios that can affect the price.
Pricing Factors: Age and Size of Home
The newer a house is, the fewer problems there are with it – usually. There are some builders who cut corners, and we’ve seen everything from poorly built foundations to dangerously wired electrical systems. But often the older the home, the more likely there has been buildups of mold, leaking pipes, and other dangerous conditions. Size also factors in: if the building is a multi-family dwelling, this greatly expands the time on scene.
Pricing Factors: Additional Services
Beyond a basic inspection, you may want to get additional services to check for less common issues. Because these require additional costs for lab testing, they tend to be optional inclusions. Two common issues are checking for radon buildup in older homes and water quality testing (regular or Title V).
Some Things to Consider When Comparing Prices
Beyond pricing, it’s also important when comparing two companies to look at other factors that can tell you about the quality of the home inspection you’re getting. As mentioned above, it’s better to catch everything in the first inspection than having to pay for a second one.
- Experience: Probably one of the biggest factors, especially with older homes, is having an experienced home inspector who has seen everything before.
- Appointment Time: How much does time play a factor in your decision, and how quickly do they respond to your requests with an appointment time?
- Reviews: Check online reviews of your potential home inspector. Also look at their BBB (Better Business Bureau) page to see if they have a good rating there and no outstanding complaints.
Check out our blog, Top 5 Things to Look for in a Great Home Inspector, for more to compare when looking at home inspectors. If you’re interested in working with a home inspector that meets all these requirements, you’re in luck for the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire areas. The Homeinex Corporation has experienced staff and quick service, and we’re also accredited by the BBB with an A+ rating. Check out what our comprehensive home inspection covers, and then contact us today for an appointment!