If you subscribe or follow my blog you see I’m always talking about how to save money.  Saving money and getting a good value for the money you spend are two different things.  I receive phone calls and emails from potential clients that need home inspection services, condo inspections, pre- listing inspections, home buyer inspections, new home inspections, radon measurements, mold measurements and so on.

“How much does your home inspections cost?”  is one of the first questions we receive when a client contacts us.   This is a hard question for a national audience, so I will answer what we charge for a home inspection in the Chicago metropolitan area.

If you’re hiring a professional home inspection service company, then you might want to ask these questions when hiring  a home inspector to inspect the most expensive item you might buy in your life – your home.

  1. How long have you been inspecting homes, condos and buildings?  If the answer is a year or two you, might want to take a pass on this company.
  2. Are you a licensed home inspector? Do you belong to a home inspection association?  In Illinois, we have to be licensed by the state to be a home inspector and or own a home inspection entity.  There are home inspection associations that some home inspectors join to give their company credibility and gain knowledge from other home inspectors.  Some of these associations are Inter NACHI, ASHI, NAHI and all can be accessed online.
  3. What kind of construction background do you have?  If they tell you they sold shoes or worked in the mall or have no knowledge of  previous construction you might want to take a pass.  Your home inspector might find problems in the property you are buying, but will he or she be able to tell you how to repair them?  We are able to give prices for repairs or replacement items because of our 20+ years in construction.
  4. Do you carry Errors and Omission Insurance and general liability?  Errors and Omission Insurance will protect you if the home inspector misses an item that needs to be repaired. Their insurance will cover themselves and you.  If they don’t have insurance, again take  a pass and call another home inspector.
  5. Do you use thermal imagers?  A thermal imager can save you thousands of dollars in issues that can not be seen by the naked eye.  We use a Fluke thermal imager that can detect water intrusion, insulation issues, utility bill loss and so on.  We include this service with all inspections.  We suggest that your home inspector use this tool with a moisture meter also.  If they don’t offer this service you should take a pass.
  6. How long will your home inspection take and  does the client need to attend?  Our home inspections take anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours depending on the size of the home. We always want the client to attend so we can educate them about THEIR home.  If the home inspector you called says his inspections only take a hour or two and they do not care if you show up. Take a pass.
  7. What kind of reporting system do you use and how long will it take to get my report?  We happen to use a computer reporting system and you get your report the same day.  There are home inspectors that use hand written reporting systems and they are just fine.  Make sure you get your report as soon as possible.  If the home inspector tells you ” in a day or two” you might want to take a pass.

So the questions on pricing will not be answered until those questions above are answered. So if you’re looking for a home inspection service in Chicago or anywhere in the world make sure you use our list of questions when choosing your home inspector.

If you have further questions about home inspection prices please contact me at The Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke

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