Home Inspection Costs

A home inspection may be called for by home-owners, banks, insurance companies, or potential buyers of the home. It is separate from and different than an appraisal inspection.

You will find that the cost to hire a home inspection depends upon the scope of the evaluation and the professional service offer of a certified provider in their primary and secondary zones of operation.

The table below includes a range of possible services to be provided.

Home inspection: the certified inspection service provider will deliver a comprehensive report on the visual inspection of 11 building elements.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Visual inspection:  to observe and report on structural, roofing, exterior components, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, ventilation, plumbing, interior components, and maintenance advice elements within 15 miles of base.$293fee1$293
Zone extension: from 15 to 30 miles from base.$45fee1$45
Duplex inspection: in the case that both home owner parties order the service.$45fee1$45
Total Cost$383fees1$383

Other considerations and costs

  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • If required by a third party such as a bank, be sure that the provider certification is compliant with third party requirements.
  • The same provider may offer other home inspection services such as termites, mold, and etcetera.  

DIY considerations

  • This activity is not suitable for DIY due to certification requirements.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to hire a home inspection in my city

Cost to hire a home inspection varies greatly by region. To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.