How much should you pay for a home inspection?

The level of protection and extra services play a huge role in the cost of any contracted service. A home inspection is not the transfer of tangible goods. It is the transfer of data collected by the home inspector during the home inspection. The value of a Cadillac verses a Yugo can be quickly determined. The value of a home inspection is not quite so easy. Knowledge, experience, decision making skills, data collection, report writing skills and data delivery skills cannot be seen. It’s not tangible.

A standard home inspection does not include radon, mold testing, thermal imagery or energy audits. Virginia radon testers must be certified by NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program or the NRSB (National Radon Safety Board), before conducting any fee paid radon test. Virginia requires asbestos and lead paint inspectors to be licensed by DPOR (Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations). Virginia does not regulate mold testers or those providing thermal imagery. 

BRONZE PACKAGE STARTS AT $350.00!

Great for first time home buyers.! Home buyers who are on a tight budget! But still desire information on visible major deficiencies within the property. The focus is on plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structure. Items that may change a reasonable person’s mind. This package has a savings of $100.00 to $300.00 depending on the finished square footage. 

The BRONZE PACKAGE home inspection meets the minimum inspection standards set by Virginia. Please review the DPOR Home Inspector Regulations.

This home inspection service will alert you to visible and significant deficiencies in the homes, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structural systems. The roof will be evaluated for signs of leaks both past and present. Includes an evaluation of your major built-in appliances. Charlie access for low crawlspaces. Includes a 12 month $100,000 Structural warranty, a five-year roof leak protection plan and other (provided) warranties. 

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Click for: BRONZE SAMPLE REPORT

  • You can add a radon test and/or a mold test to this package.

Home inspectors are not created equal and their reports will vary widely, from a standard paper form to a web based report with full digital photographs and videos. Years of experience in the home building trades, years of experience in the home inspection profession will have an impact on the fee structure. It will also affect the level of protection and professionalism, the thoroughness of the home inspection, how detailed the report is, repair plans and recommendations and timely home inspection report delivery.

GOLD PACKAGE STARTS AT $425.00!

For the savvy home buyer, more information, a more in-depth home inspection to help you make a more informed decision. Prefect for the home buyer that can’t be present for the inspection! 

This home inspection service exceeds the minimum home inspection standards set by Virginia. It will also alert you to visible and significant deficiencies in the homes, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structural systems. The roof will be evaluated for signs of leaks both past and present. Includes an evaluation of your major built-in appliances. Includes a 12 month $100,000 Structural warranty, a five-year roof leak protection plan and other warranties found here.

View Home Inspection Warranties.

Additional Services Not Included with Our Bronze Package

  1. Certified Thermal Image Scan of the walls, ceiling, and electrical panels.
  2. Certified visual mold evaluation.
  3. Greater photo documentation and videos of the attic and crawlspace and videos of plumbing leaks and operation of AFCI and GFCI breakers and any other discovered issue that would be better explained with a video.
  4. 360-degree pictures of rooms, garages and unfinished basements.
  5. Typical home maintenance items and upgrade items, which will be summarized.

Click for: GOLD SAMPLE REPORT

  • You can add a radon test and/or a mold test to this package.

Home building, construction knowledge and field experience is not required to obtain a home inspectors license or conduct a home inspection in Virginia. So how do you know the fee is too much or too little? Unfortunately, you don’t.

It has been said that all those bells and whistles are not necessary, so when you are shopping and getting ready to pay 100,000 or more, making the biggest purchase many will ever make. Do you want the Yugo home inspector, the Cadillac home inspector, or somewhere in between?

PLATINUM PACKAGE STARTS AT $550.00!

For the savvy home buyer who wants more information and is concerned about radon and mold.

This home inspection service exceeds the minimum home inspection standards set by Virginia. It will also alert you to visible and significant deficiencies in the homes, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structural systems. The roof will be evaluated for signs of leaks both past and present. Includes an evaluation of your major built-in appliances. Includes a 12 month $100,000 Structural warranty, a five-year roof leak protection plan and other warranties found here.

 View Home Inspection Warranties.

Includes all Gold Package Services

  1. Certified Thermal Image Scan of the walls, ceiling, and electrical panels.
  2. Certified visual mold evaluation.
  3. Greater photo documentation and videos of the attic and crawlspace and videos of plumbing leaks and operation of AFCI and GFCI breakers and any other discovered issue that would be better explained with a video.
  4. 360-degree pictures of rooms, garages and unfinished basements.
  5. Typical home maintenance items and upgrade items, which will be summarized.

and ADDS A RADON TEST AND MOLD TEST. A PACKAGE SAVINGS OF $225.00!

Click for: PLATINUM SAMPLE REPORT

 

The amount being charged does not reflect the amount of protection you are receiving, check the home inspector out on Google, the Better Business Bureau and if they are affiliated with any governing, certifying organization like InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), Member #NACHI16010408. ASHI American Society of Home Inspectors Gold Member Since 2003 # 243146 (HUD and FHA Recommended) Virginia Licensed Home Inspector # 3380000637, Virginia Licensed Home Improvement Contractor Lic # 2705151782.

The home inspector must consider their expenses to determine what they must charge for a home inspection. Reporting styles, distance, crawlspace inspections, General Liability Insurance, Errors and Omissions Insurance (not required by Virginia) go into determining the home inspection fee.

According to an article on Angie’s List “How To Hire A Home Inspector” the typical fee is $400.00, while a Home Advisor article “Home Much Does A Home Inspection Cost” reported home inspection fees at $315 for a condo or small home and a 2000 square foot home was at $400. Neither included radon and/or mold testing.

The home inspection fee is really worth its weight in gold. The home inspection cost is small compared to the protection you are receiving. But remember to compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges. Aztec Home Services includes many warranties (includeing a 12 month structrual warranty) with every home inspection. 

Here is a comparison chart to assist you in comparing home inspectors.

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Michael Donitzen

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