High Price Gas! High Price Home Inspection !! Is this Wrong?

Home Inspector with Dream Home Inspections/203K Consultant

Greeting Inspectors,

I was just reading a blog from Michael from Complete Home Inspection in Tennessee.

He was commenting on the shortage of gas in his area.

I was writing to see if you all are charging more for you Inspections to cover the rising cost of gas?

I am adding in the gas prices if I have to go further out but my inspection prices are the same otherwise.

Since the market has changed over the last year, has anyone seen the need to decrease what you have been charging for inspections due to people cutting cost?

In my local area, prices have been consistent among myself and my associates, however, I do know other inspectors who have come down 40-50 dollars per inspection just to stay afloat.

Just wanted to know how it is affecting my counterparts throughout the country?

Comments (3)

Louis Agudo
Home Sweet Home Inspection Services - Roswell, GA
Roswell Home Inspector

I just don't understand cutting prices when the cost of business and living expenses continue to rise. I am holding steady to my pricing. I charge the rate I do because I believe I am more then worth it.

Sep 22, 2008 11:53 PM
Ray Toscani
1st Choice Inspection Services Ltd. - Port Coquitlam, BC

Rob I would reconsider charging additional fees for milage due to rising fuel costs.  If it's a significant issue you should work it into the cost of your basic inspection; so actually increase your inspection price not cut it. 

I agree with Louis, that if you are offering a premium service you can justify your price.  The key is to educate your prospective client as to why you are worth it.

Sep 23, 2008 10:16 AM
Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

I have found that cutting prices does little or nothing to help you get more inspections. The one thing it does do, IMHO, is to get you into a bargaining situation, and more "price shoppers" will be calling you, and trying to get you to reduce your rates even more. Charge what you are worth, tell your customers why you are worth it, and you will get it.

Sep 24, 2008 09:59 PM