How much a home inspection should cost

How much does a home inspection cost?

Buying a home is a time of heightened emotion.

You’re spending hard earned money on a down payment and a future of mortgage payments. Learning how to protect that large obligation is an over-looked aspect of the home buying process.

A home inspection is a smart way to ensure you’re aware of the potential problems that could arise. A common question is how much the average home inspection costs.

So what is the average cost?

National average home inspection price

Across over 100,000 home inspections in the Spectora network in the past year, our data shows the average home inspection to cost $358.

Our data has been aggregated from our database and other reliable sources, and other companies that get cost data from consumers

HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List collect cost data from thousands of home buyers to see what people actually paid around the country.

The average home inspection cost from these two sources was $327-473.

There are variables that will affect the cost such as:

  • Location/Region/Travel time
  • Size of the home
  • Age of the home
  • How hot or cold your local real estate market is
  • How many inspectors are in your local area and how busy they are
  • Additional services, such as mold inspections or radon testing
 

Other sources are similar…

 

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gives a typical price range of $300-$500, and cautions that “cost does not necessarily reflect quality”.

Fixr, a popular home services site, got their home inspection cost range of $175-$600 from IndependentInspectors.org.

InterNachi, the largest home inspector trade association, has a home inspection fee calculator that estimates for inspectors what they want to charge.

So what’s all included in a home inspection anyways?

You probably should know what’s included for the price.

There are a couple major home inspection associations that dictate what a home inspection covers, but in general, you can expect to have the following areas and systems inspected:

  • Roof
  • Exterior/Grounds
  • Basement/Foundation
  • Heating and Cooling sources
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fireplace
  • Attic, Insulation and Ventilation
  • Doors, Windows & Interior

Does the buyer pay for the home inspection?

Yes, in most cases the buyer pays for the home inspection. Look at it as an investment in learning about your home.

Does the seller pay for the repairs after the inspection?

This depends on a number of factors like the contract terms, if it’s a seller’s or buyer’s market, the types of repairs or if the seller is willing to make repairs vs. give the buyer a credits towards the price of the home.

What we recommend

We recommend that you do your research.

Take a look at the website and reviews of the inspector that your agent recommended.

Get a quote from them and a couple others. And don’t shop on the cost or price alone.

Then go online and do a search for home inspectors in your local area. Who has great reviews? Who has a professional online presence?

Most decent home inspectors are well worth the cost. Whether it gives you leverage to ask the seller to cover more fixes, or sets your expectations for what to budget for, getting a quality home inspection is one of the smartest investments you can make in your new home.

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