Why Hire A Home Inspector
If you are new to the home buying process you may have wondered why you would hire a Home Inspector and is it worth the cost. The Home Inspection, conducted by a reliable and thorough Home Inspector does more to protect you from significant financial hardship and your family from unsafe conditions than any other service during the home buying process. The costs are considerably lower than sales commissions, loan origination fees and even a years worth of homeowners insurance. If you just focus on the out-of-pocket cost of a home inspection, you will not understand the value that a home inspection provides.
“Wait, but the seller pays the commissions” That may be true on paper but in reality the commissions like any sales cost are built into the list price and you actually pay the commission as part of the sale of the home. When you factor in the cost of interest for financing, the overall cost is even higher.
For a small home that has a $250,000 sales price, the costs as a percentage of sale price:
Home Inspection Services= Aprox. 0.25% $600-$700
Commissions and Fees= aprox. 6.0% $15,000+
Your Home Inspection and related services are actually a great value for the protection they provide you and your family.
It takes time to inspect a home thoroughly, 2-3 hours for the typical 1000-2500 square foot home or townhome and several more hours to write a complete well researched report. An inspector that is doing more than 2 inspection’s a day or says they can be in and out in considerably less time may not be providing the level of service that will protect you.
I have your interests at heart and promise to provide a level of service that will build trust, security and peace of mind.
-Richard Graff Owner/Inspector Batten To Beam Inspections, LLC