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Experience, competence allows some home inspectors to charge more
Dear Barry:  Before we bought our home, we called five home inspectors to compare quotes for an inspection.  What surprised us was the wide range in prices.  By shopping around, we saved nearly $200 on the price of our inspection.  Why do some inspectors charge so much more for the same service? - Jan
Dear Jan:  Home Inspectors don't charge more for the same service.  In nearly every case, they charge more because their inspection services are more thorough and more comprehensive, because they are significantly more experienced at inspecting homes and because they disclose more of the conditions that would be of concern to you as a buyer.
   Inspectors who charge less, particularly $200 less, are generally new to the inspection business and lack the skills to perform the kind of inspection you, as a buyer, would want.  They charge less because, as new inspectors, they are trying to jump start their fledgling business.
   The question you should now be asking isn't "why do some inspectors charge so much more?" but rather, "what defects did my bargain inspector fail to disclose?"
   When shopping for a Home Inspector, the last question you should ask is "How much is the fee?"
   The primary and essential questions are:
     1. How long have you been a Home Inspector?  
     2. How many Homes have you inspected?
     3. What are your professional credentials?
   The purchase price of your home was probably in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  An investment of this size warrants a degree of scrutiny that far outweighs the value of a $200 savings in the cost of an inspection.
   The defects that await discovery by a qualified home inspector might involve repair costs of several hundred or several thousand dollars.  These defects could involve significant safety issues related to electrical, heating and fireplace systems, the integrity of the roof, the framing construction in the attic, the foundations and ground drainage.
   The ability of a home inspector to discover the many possible defects in a home increases with years of professional experience, and inspectors who acquire high levels of such experience set their prices accordingly and fairly.
   Home buyers who price-shop for their home inspection are hereby warned that they will get what they pay for.
   Barry Stone is a certified building inspector.  He can be reached online at www.housedetective.com .



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