How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Home Inspection?


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Home Inspection Costs

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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.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line 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. $293 fee 1 $293
Zone extension: from 15 to 30 miles from base. $45 fee 1 $45
Duplex inspection: in the case that both home owner parties order the service. $45 fee 1 $45
Total Cost $383 fees 1 $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.
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Cost by city

(single family home within 15 to 30 miles of service providers base)
  • New York, NY$543
  • Bronx, NY$446
  • Brooklyn, NY$372
  • Philadelphia, PA$464
  • Washington, DC$403
  • Atlanta, GA$364
  • Miami, FL$331
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$347
  • Minneapolis, MN$407
  • Chicago, IL$474
  • Houston, TX$489
  • San Antonio, TX$328
  • Austin, TX$372
  • Denver, CO$314
  • Phoenix, AZ$331
  • Las Vegas, NV$364
  • Los Angeles, CA$410
  • San Diego, CA$372
  • San Jose, CA$449
  • Seattle, WA$329

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