Inspection prices aren’t as easy to define as you might think. There are a lot of variables. Nevertheless, a common question is, “What do you charge for a home inspection?” It’s a fair question that deserves a good answer.
Home Inspection Prices
- The minimum charge for an inspection is $450 for up to 2,143 square feet of living space or 21¢ a square foot, whichever is larger.
- Pier and beam foundations are an additional $150.
- Wood Destroying Insect reports are an additional $90 plus $7.43 tax.
- Swimming pool inspections are an additional $50 without a Spa and $100 with.
- Aerobic septic inspections are $100.
- Lawn sprinkler inspections are free.
- Thermal imaging inspections are free.
- Return trips out of my control (gas was off, etc.) are $150.
- Outbuildings are an additional fee and are priced property-specific.
- Duplexes through Quadplexes start at the minimum fee of $425 per unit.
I Charge Somewhere in the Middle
I charge somewhere in the middle compared to other home inspectors in Dallas-Fort Worth. There are times when I may be lower or higher than the average. Some home inspectors do two (and sometimes three) home inspections daily; that’s not me. I average about 40 home inspections a month and turn away about as much business as I take.
Slow and Deliberate
I take as much time as needed to complete a thorough home inspection and write a comprehensive, image-rich report. I’ve heard of home inspectors writing reports on-site or taking up to 30 minutes to an hour to write reports after the inspection. That’s not me.
I’m a Certified Master Inspector® who is motivated by mastery and purpose. I enjoy what I do and deliver on my word. If I don’t understand something, I research it. If I need help, I ask for it. It’s hard to quantify, but that’s what makes the difference.
Here’s a few easier things to compare:
- I walk every roof unless it’s unsafe to do so.
- I do free drone inspections of roofs when I can’t access it safely.
- I do free infrared inspections with a moisture meter.
- I traverse any space I can fit in.
- I do free sprinkler system inspections.
- I do free reinspections upon request (see details).
- I use a Termatrac T3i radar machine to scan for termites.
- I provide ballpark costs for repairs.
- I offer a free digital home maintenance manual.
How do you know you’ll get your money’s worth? Let’s start with referrals. The majority of inspections I perform are referrals. I’ve been referred hundreds of times by some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s highest-producing real estate agents.
I have 550 Five-Star reviews and counting between Google and Facebook. As of this writing, I’ve never had a negative online review from a client. When issues arise, I resolve the matter to the client’s satisfaction.
My Inspection Report
My reports are the best in the industry. I know every inspector says that, but mine are. They’re easy to read. You don’t need an engineering degree to understand it. I only make realistic and necessary recommendations and don’t use CYA verbiage in my reports. I leave that for the inspection agreement and Standards of Practice.
This one is harder to define, but it separates the rookies from the experienced home inspectors. Anyone with the most basic understanding of a house can observe an abnormality, call attention to it, and recommend further evaluation by a qualified professional.
With knowledge and experience comes the confidence to say something isn’t a problem. My inspection prices reflect my experience and commitment to protecting your interests.