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How Much Does Home Inspection Cost ?

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 | No Comments

How Much is a Home InspectionPurchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest decisions one makes in life, so it’s essential to be sure you’re purchasing the right one – and avoiding any unpleasant surprises that may come with it.

 

A property inspection is a small investment that plays a big role in your home-buying process. Our thorough inspection services include a complete assessment of the home’s systems and interior/exterior components, also evaluating how these systems are working together and identifying areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.

How Much is a Home Inspection ?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), costs for home inspections vary dramatically, depending on the region, size and age of the house, scope of services and other factors, typically ranging from $300 to $500. The reported average costs around $315, with condos and homes under 1,000 sq. ft. costing as little as $200 and homes over 2,000 sq. ft. costing $400 or more.

Here is what you should know going into the home inspection process:

  • Inspectors quote inspection fees using different methods. Some charge a flat rate by square footage of the living areas, some by square footage under the roof, or others may charge by amount of time spent on the inspection.
  • Typically, the larger your home is, the more you should expect to pay for an inspection.
  • The age of the home can affect cost as well. Newer homes can usually be inspected in a shorter time than older ones due to repairs, additions and other aspects that come with age.
  • There’s no industry standard for calculating home inspection price, so be sure to ask your inspector up front how much you’ll be charged.
  • Paying the lowest cost doesn’t always mean you’re getting the best value. Inspectors aren’t regulated by the HUD, so inspectors charging the cheapest rates may not be providing the most thorough service.

 

If you’re ready to purchase a home, before you close the deal, Inspect-It 1st! Our pre-purchase inspections will give you the accurate information you need to make one of life’s most important decisions, with confidence. We encourage potential buyers to accompany the inspector, and after our on-site inspection and consultation, you will receive our high-quality, thorough inspection report, complete with color photos and an easy-to-use summary. Contact us today to learn more about the home inspection process and to get started on yours!

 

First Time Home Buyers: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 | No Comments

How to Purchase a Home?

 

If you’re planning to buy your first home soon, there are 3 major questions you should ask yourself! Take a few notes and see how quickly your answers narrow down the deluge of housing options out there.

 

What Do You Want In A Home?

When you picture your new home, what are some of the aspects that are essential? Take a look at this list and see which elements you can’t live without.

  • Utility Room
  • A Certain Number Of Bedrooms/Bathrooms
  • An Office Space
  • Outdoor Living Area
  • Carpet Or Hardwood Floors
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Dining Area
  • Upstairs/Downstairs

 

How Much Can You Afford?

Your budget doesn’t have to be seen as a hindrance in your search for the perfect home. In fact, knowing how much you can realistically spend on a home can free you from worry! Be sure to factor in the interest rate, yearly property tax, and property insurance. Seek out a realtor or find a budget calculator online to make this process even easier! Mortgage rates are always in flux – they can change multiple times each day – so seek out a loan officer who can help you find the right time to take the next step.

 

What Will A Home Inspection Cover?

A home can look perfect on the outside and have all the features you want and still have serious (and costly) issues. A good home inspection will include a conscientious examination of the home from roof to foundation. The air conditioning system, plumbing, and electrical system should also be checked for any problems. A thorough home inspection will also take into consideration any porches, walkways, decks, or stairs. The drainage systems also need to be examined to make sure water doesn’t damage the outside walls.

 

After The Purchase…

Once you buy a home, you’ll have to do maintenance on certain items each year! Read the Inspect It 1st whitepaper Home Maintenance Tips For First Time Home Buyers for an easy guide to keeping your home in fine form.

 

 

Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections.

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