Home inspection cost can vary greatly from as low as $250 to over $1,000 on the average sized home.
With this difference in pricing and the possible different additional services you can have done, it can be confusing to know which price is actually the best deal. As a home buyer, you are already spending a lot of money on a home, however, paying a cheaper price for an inspection is probably not the same as a well-priced inspection. Just like a car, you can spend more, to get more out of it.
As a general rule, the higher the inspection price, the higher the demand is for the said inspector.
These inspectors tend to be more experienced, a larger company backed with more insurance, and offer additional services along with the general home inspection. A home inspection is not a standard inspection, it is an opinion. There are “standards” created by state associations or licensing programs, however, these are considered the bare minimum by the industry.
So to answer the topic question, you have to ask yourself, what am I willing to spend and what do I want? Do I need a cheaper inspection due to my financial situation? Or, am I looking to protect my investment as much as possible? If the second is the case, find a company with a deep history and proven record in the area so you know they are reputable. Not all inspections and inspectors are created equal. Ask what services they offer with their home inspection, such as, pool leak detection, sewer scope inspections, insurance inspections, or termite inspections. Finally, price it out, and follow the blog posted here on how to choose a home inspector.