Inspection Pricing

707.245.7545 (cell) or 707.987.9970 (office)

 



DON'T PAY FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOT GETTING! 
If Quality and Value are important to you, you need look no further.  Get more for your money!  You will not find a more experienced, competent or professional home inspector.  I promise you my inspection reports stand out from all others with more information and more pictures in an indexed, easy to read format and I meet or exceed every requirement in the Standards of Practice.

You don't want a cheap inspection.  A cheap inspection may be the most expensive thing you'll ever buy.  It may cost you thousands of dollars down the road because of missed or overlooked defects.  Cheap inspectors DO NOT CARRY ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE, DO NOT HAVE A 90-DAY WARRANTY, DO NOT HAVE AN AUTOMATIC RECALL CHECK ON ALL APPLIANCES, DO NOT HAVE THERMAL IMAGING AND DO NOT OFFER A 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. 


TRYING TO SAVE MONEY ON AN INSPECTION MAY COST YOU IN THE LONG RUN

You couldn't put a price of your family's health and safety and yet your future health and safety depend on a professional quality home inspection.  Your home inspection costs very little but it will tell you a whole lot.  It's worth much more than you could pay.  This is not the place to nickel and dime it.

Professional home inspectors' rates are in the same ballpark.   A professional home inspector will still be inspecting when the fly-by-night inspectors go out of business.  If you get a cheap quote, then it is fair to say that he knows he's not worth any more.  He doesn't spend time or money on education or insurance and as soon as the market improves he'll go back to whatever he really does.  That's is not what you need.

Equally important as the the most thorough inspection is the inspection report you will receive.  It should be very detailed with lots of pictures in an easy-to-read and comprehend format.  Very few reports meet that criterion.  You will get a complete and thorough investigation of the property at a reasonable and customary fee. My fees depend on the perceived amount of time it is going to take to properly inspect a property and to produce a fully documented report. You want to save money and no one would fault you for that.  But, if saving money is your only criterion, this could be a dangerous place to do that.

An inspection should take a minimum of 3-4 hours for an average 3 bed/2 bath house. A walk-through with you following a thorough inspection is my standard practice. Some may try to convince you that an inspection should only take 45 minutes to an hour but that is a WALK-AROUND not an INSPECTION.  It is not humanly possible in just 45 minutes to actually "inspect" the plumbing, the electrical, the heating system, the cooling system, the roof, the foundation, drainage, gas lines, venting, appliances, get into the attic and crawl under the house. 
 

THE CHEAPEST NEVER EQUALS THE BEST! 
MY FEES ARE REASONABLE AND COMPETITIVE

 

PERCEIVED AMOUNT OF TIME FOR INSPECTNG AND COMPILING A REPORT IS WHAT MY FEES ARE BASED ON, NOT SQUARE FOOTAGE

Why perceived time rather than square footage?  

If there is a crawl space in one house but not in another, that takes more time. If there an attic in one and open beam ceilings in another, that takes more time. Three bathrooms take more time than two bathrooms.  A jetted tub has to be tested to make sure it works = more time. Inspecting T1-11 siding is not as involved as inspecting stucco of which there are many kinds and the application of stucco if done incorrectly could mean moisture intrusion and mold which would result in costly repairs.  An attached garage has the same roof as the house whereas a detached garage is a separate building and needs to be inspected separately.  Some properties have a well, some have a pump house, some a swimming pool.  It all needs to be investigated and reported.

 
HIDDEN COSTS

We all look for "hidden costs" when we buy things.  Well, "hidden costs" take on a whole new meaning in home inspections.  You may think that one home inspection is the same as another but they are not. The 'hidden costs" can be thousands of dollars and probably tens of thousands of dollars from having a home inspector who isn't competent in all disciplines of house building or is technically in some other line of work. The expense of overlooked issues by someone who doesn't recognize potential problems is staggering.

You will receive a fully documented report with lots of pictures.  It's your future safety, peace of mind and money at stake.  It is imperative to make sure your house is safe and isn't going to shock you with unknown defects that start costing substantial amounts of money.

I promise you will not find a more experienced or competent home inspector.
 

Give yourself the peace of mind  of knowing you did everything you could to make sure this home purchase was exactly what you were expecting.  Call me at 707-245-7545 for the best home inspection from the Mendocino Coast to the Napa Valley and for the best inspection fee.

 

For the Best Wine Country Home Inspection, call me at 707-245-7545.

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