Home Inspection - Worth the Time or Cost?

Home Inspector with A Plus Home & Building Inspections, Inc. IL.#450.003454

A home inspector is your advocate. An inspectors' responsibility is to look out for you. To provide the information so you can make an informed decision when purchasing a home. As a neutral party, an independent inspector should have no financial interest in the sale of the property. Home & building inspection services provide you an unbiased written report of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection.

Think about it, you are good at what you do, whether a teacher, police officer, manager, or whatever your employment is, few people have the knowledge, experience or training to inspect the hundreds of items in a property, such as foundations, roofing, plumbing, or electrical systems. From the top of the roof to the bottom of the foundation, and everything in between, an experienced inspector looks for any indicators of concern. Have a trusted, knowledgeable, experienced professional examine the home to make sure you are not investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a money-pit!

An inspector examines hundreds of elements in a normal or standard visual inspection. This is where experience comes in. Having inspected hundreds of properties, experienced in all aspects of home construction, and the building sciences, an experienced inspector is worth every penny they charge. Finding small, almost negligible indicators of abnormal system operation, a worn out components' sound, or the distinct smell of burning wire insulation of an overloaded circuit, can be the difference between a novice inspector passing by not even noticing. An inspectors experience helps to find the defects & informs you of the consequences.

Most inspections are visual in nature. More invasive technically exhaustive inspections are available. This type of inspection (technically exhaustive) requires the services of individual contractors such as an electrician, plumber, structural engineer, roofer, etc. to examine the individual components of a property. The cost for technically exhaustive inspections may become unrealistic (10x a visual inspection) because of the nature of the tests and time required to perform invasive inspections. Visual inspections are the norm.

Depending on the region, inspection charges range from $275-$500, for a typical three bedroom, two-bath home with a basement. (Note- Experienced inspectors are at the higher end of the scale) Some inspector services include digital pictures for added clarity, or a home maintenance manual to help guide you through normal home maintenance procedures.

All homes have issues of concern, i.e. deferred maintenance (caulking, painting, clogged gutters, etc.). The objective is discovering and reporting the items that can mean the difference between a huge repair bill and extra money for whatever you choose.

After consultation with your attorney, the choice is yours to make after all the information is in front of you. The inspection is one of the most important or essential step in the home buying process. It gives you the peace of mind knowing what to expect. Is it worth it? What do you think?

Jess Alvarez is the owner of A Plus Home & Building Inspections, Inc. 815-941-2345. An advocate for all clients by delivering the best inspection service, period. Information will provide you peace of mind when buying your home! Experienced in the building sciences; building, remodeling, inspecting. I invite you to visit my website http://www.aphbi.com for additional information.


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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

A very nice informative post.  I wish more agents would appreciate the importance of a good, objective home inspector like yourself.  Happy July 4th.

Jul 04, 2009 01:18 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We are selling more REO properties than anything else. Any buyer that faills to have a home inspection is making a big mistake.

Jul 04, 2009 01:18 AM #2
Tricia Pearson
Tricia Pearson - Pearson Real Estate - Texas Hill Country - Boerne, TX
Real Estate Broker, San Antonio/Hill Country Homes for Sale

Great post Jess. 

I ALWAYS urge my Buyers to have an inspection.  If they choose not to, I have them sign a form saying they declined the inspection.  It just doesn't make sense not to have one.

Have a great 4th!!

Tricia Pearson

Jul 04, 2009 01:23 AM #3
Toronto, ON

I always recommend that buyers have a home inspection performed on resale homes as well as newly built homes.

Jul 04, 2009 01:27 AM #4
Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

the inspection is the cheapest policy you can buy for a home inspection. Thanks for the post and great points

Jul 04, 2009 01:47 AM #5
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Jess- The best money you can spend in the entire home buying process is for a home inspection. Buyers who skip this are just penny wise and pound foolish! Thanks for a good post and laying it on the line!

Jul 04, 2009 02:31 AM #6
Jess Alvarez
A Plus Home & Building Inspections, Inc. - Morris, IL

Thank you all for the feedback, I appreciate the efforts.

Jul 09, 2009 03:49 AM #7
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