Are you paying too much for your building inspection?
The reason I decided to write this article, is because a real estate agent who was present with me during a recent infrared building inspection made an interesting observation.
She said “How much do you charge for an infrared building inspection?”
I gave her the figure based on the size of the house we were inspecting at the time, and to my surprise, she said “That’s half the price of what some other companies are charging for a similar inspection!”. Now I can’t speak for other companies and how they operate, but she said my inspection is very similar to what most other companies do… and she has obviously seen plenty of pre purchase moisture tests over her 27yrs in the business.
There is no set inspection price to charge clients in our industry, and what you get for your money can vary… so make sure you do your homework.
How much does a building inspection cost?
Generally, it’s based on the size of the house and what you require. For example, if you don’t require a written report (verbal inspection), then our company charges less because time has been saved not having to put the report together.
Be sensible before making a decision on which home inspection company to use. Take a look at the company testimonials, check out their ‘about us’ page, make sure they specialise in what they do, and take a good look at example of their work. AND… make sure they don’t offer further services to fix the problems once they find them… because some companies may have a cheap building inspection fee up front, then sell you services to fix the leaks, or sell you whatever else they can to make more money out of the job.
An example of what I’m talking about here, is a home I inspected in Mt Roskill recently which had signs of two leaks under each end of a single window. Instead of doing an invasive test first (logical way to go), some local builder came around and told the home owner he will need to take out ALL the windows around the whole house and install sill flashings. Hmmmm.
Make sure you get multiple quotes for any type of remedial work that needs doing on your home… prices can vary wildly for the exact same job.
We quote you a fixed price over the phone… and it doesn’t change once we get there!