Every inspector quotes inspection fees using different criteria or methods. While some charge a flat rate, others charge by the square foot of living area. Some charge by square foot of area under the roof, some charge by the price of the house and others charge by the amount of time spent (which is reflective of not only size but condition.) Some consider detached garages as part of the main house and do not charge for them (but may include the square footage into the overall size calculation) while others consider detached garages as outbuildings and charge extra for them.
Some charge for all the optional items, others charge for some of them, others will not inspect for certain items such as swimming pools or septic systems. Most inspectors have a minimum charge for their services. In some parts of the country the "general rule" of $100.00 per hour applies. Some charge for mileage from their location to the inspection site. Some inspectors maintain web sites where a prospective client can submit information about the property and receive a quote by e-mail.
Money: Let's put home inspection fees in perspective: If you're buying a $350,000 house and the inspection fee is $600, that's less than .2% of the cost of the house! Most real estate agencies charge 3% to 6% to sell a home, that would be $10,500 to $21,000 for a $350,000 house! The cost of a home inspection is a bargain, even if you paid $1,200 for the inspection, and most are less than half that!
Aside from the time invested, the value of the inspection and report can be measured by its usefulness. If the inspection turns up little wrong with the house, you've bought some relatively inexpensive peace of mind. If the inspection finds serious problems, your $600 could end up saving you many thousands of dollars.
For exact pricing we need to speak with you to gather more information about the home you are purchasing. Inspection costs can vary from $200.00 to upwards of a $1000.00, Please call the owner at
215-741-1226. Don`t forget to mention the web-site to get your free 90 day limited home warranty.