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What factors typically affect home inspector fees?

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Some things that affect home inspector fees are the size of the home, type of inspection being done and details about the foundation. If pest infestation or asbestos is involved, inspections often cost more.

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One of the biggest factors that affects a home inspection price is the size of the home; the larger the home, the more work is involved. Most home inspectors provide quotes based on the square footage of the home. This helps them determine the approximate cost as well as how long it takes. Another factor includes details about the foundation, such as if it has crawl spaces, if there is a visible concrete slab or if it uses a pier-and-beam foundation style.

Inspections that include looking for signs of pests or infestation sometimes cost extra. Asbestos often requires a certain type of home inspector, or they hire a sub-contractor to inspect the home for asbestos. Basic pest inspections might be included in the original cost, but if a large infestation is found, it can cost extra for a more thorough inspection.

When looking for professionals to complete the home inspection, ask some important questions first. Ask about what types of reports they provide and how quickly it is written up, what the costs of the inspection cover and if the homeowners are able to attend the inspection. Also ask if they are part of a professional home inspector organization to ensure they are properly licensed.

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