Professional inspectors are not fungible goods. That is to say that they are not a commodity. One is not necessarily as good as another. All inspectors must be licensed in Texas, but that license is simply a license to operate an inspection business and is not indicative of the licensee’s skill level.
The inspector’s work is typically not visible or objectively measurable. That is, of course, until problems arise in the structure based upon poor construction, deferred homeowner maintenance, defective building products, or all of the above. The inspector’s work product is then easily judged by the amount of money it costs you to repair or replace defective materials and systems missed in the inspection. You will also find that there is a measurable benefit in procuring for yourself the most knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented inspector available when you present your builder or seller with a 100-page inspection report filled with red ink. Nothing provides greater leverage during price negotiations.
A professional home inspection is an investment. If you are a comparison shopper, resist the temptation to allow pricing to be your major concern. The price of a home inspection for the average house of about 2000 s.f. is $550 -800. Beware of those charging less. Bargain Inspectors are typically inexperienced newcomers, or perennial underachievers, who cannot justify to themselves or to their clients charging the market fee for their services. In the home inspection business, you really do get what you pay for. A single defect missed by your “discount” inspector could easily cost you 100 times what you saved. More importantly, in the event of a missed safety issue, you could lose your entire home – even your life.
The price of a home inspection from Texas Inspector represents a very small percentage of the overall price of a home that will likely be the largest single purchase you ever make. This is the best money you will ever spend.
Cost of a home inspection
Just as the regulation of home inspection companies differs by state, home inspection costs are also unfixed and can vary. For instance, an Austin, Texas, state inspection cost averages $452, while a home inspection in New York City averages $1,025, according to recent Angie's List member reviews. Nationwide, members report spending an average of $473.
There are several basic guidelines to help determine the cost of a home inspection. First is the size of your home; the larger the square footage, they more you'll pay. In addition, if you have special requests - for example, you have concerns about asbestos - you'll likely need a specialized professional and will have to pay more as a result.
Expect to pay at least $400 for a home inspection from a reputable company on an average 2,000 square-foot home. However be aware that price can easily push to $500 or $600+ if you have a large home or need additional inspections, such as radon or termite, which aren't typically included in a general inspection.
Most Angie's List members who recently had a home inspection reported paying between $375 to $550.