Home Inspector

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Home Inspection Service

August 2019

When hiring and working with a Home Inspector, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Home Inspector commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Home Inspector? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Home Inspection Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Home Inspector - FAQ

Q How do I get good Home Inspection Service work at a fair price?

A Find a Home Inspector that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Home Inspector prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.


Q What should I expect to pay for Home Inspection Service?

A Most Home Inspection Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Home Inspector ranges from $35 to $53 in most parts of the country. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Home Inspector.


Q Do I need to use a licensed Home Inspector for my job?

A You should use a licensed Home Inspector for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Home Inspector's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.


Q Should I use an insured Home Inspector for my project?

A Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Home Inspection Service.


Q Does my Home Inspector need to be bonded?

A A bond is generally not required for Home Inspection Service.



 


Home Inspector - Common Projects

An experienced Home Inspector can handle a number of jobs, troubleshooting situations and repairs. The list below summarizes common Home Inspection Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

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