Professional inspectors are not fungible goods. That is to say that they are not a commodity. One is not necessarily as good as another. All inspectors must be licensed in Texas, but that license is simply a license to operate an inspection business and is not indicative of the licensee’s skill level.
The inspector’s work is typically not visible or objectively measurable. That is, of course, until problems arise in the structure based upon poor construction, deferred homeowner maintenance, defective building products, or all of the above. The inspector’s work product is then easily judged by the amount of money it costs you to repair or replace defective materials and systems missed in the inspection. You will also find that there is a measurable benefit in procuring for yourself the most knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented inspector available when you present your builder or seller with a 100-page inspection report filled with red ink. Nothing provides greater leverage during price negotiations.
A professional home inspection is an investment. If you are a comparison shopper, resist the temptation to allow pricing to be your major concern. The price of a home inspection for the average house of about 2000 s.f. is $600 -900. Beware of those charging less. Bargain Inspectors are typically inexperienced newcomers, or perennial underachievers, who cannot justify to themselves or to their clients charging the market fee for their services. In the home inspection business, you really do get what you pay for. A single defect missed by your “discount” inspector could easily cost you 100 times what you saved. More importantly, in the event of a missed safety issue, you could lose your entire home – even your life.
The price of a home inspection from Texas Inspector represents a very small percentage of the overall price of a home that will likely be the largest single purchase you ever make. This is the best money you will ever spend.
In the end, the greater cost is not the price paid but the cost to you of choosing a lesser qualified professional.
EXISTING (RESALE), END OF WARRANTY, AND FINAL NEW HOME FEES
|Up to 2999
Additional charges apply for locations beyond 25 miles from our office.
WE DO NOT INSPECT HOMES WITH PIER AND BEAM FOUNDATIONS (CRAWL SPACES).
WE DO NOT INSPECT SWIMMING POOLS. We recommend third-party inspectors for pool inspections:
Hayden Pool Service – 214-361-7665
WE DO NOT INSPECT SEPTIC SYSTEMS.
NEW HOME INSPECTIONS
For new construction phased inspection fees, please call at 214-616-0112.
EIFS MOISTURE ANALYSIS INSPECTIONS
I NO LONGER PROVIDE EIFS INSPECTIONS. YOU ARE STRONGLY URGED TO RETAIN A CERTIFIED STUCCO CONTRACTOR.
Inspection appointments are firm appointments. Cancellations for any reason must be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled time. All cancellations with less than 24 hours notice incur a $250 rescheduling fee. No exceptions. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you, your builder, and/or seller are prepared for the inspection at the scheduled time.