Friday, February 6, 2015

New Home Inspection

So, normally when you buy a house you have the option to have an Inspector look at the home you want to buy.  He/she will inspect the house for problems and potential problems and let you know.

With new home construction, things are different.  You don't need an inspector to look for mold, termites or other older home problems.  But you do want the inspector to look for construction problems.  This is one of the best times to hire a home inspector to look, since he/she will have access during the whole construction process and can look at everything while it is being built.

However, you can expect to pay a little more for this service since the inspector will probably need to make multiple visits to the home site.  I've talked to a home inspector and he's quoting $1000+ for the inspection(s).  I was hoping to keep the price around $500.

Has anyone hired a new home inspector?  What did you pay?  What did you get?


  1. Nick, we just hired a home inspector and he will perform 3 inspections on the house: pre-drywall, final walkthrough, and another just before the 10 month review. He is charging us $350 for all 3 inspections. Our guy seems very inexpensive but I'm not sure if that is just the going rate here in NE Ohio. He is well reviewed so I expect the quality of his work to be good.

    Whatever the cost, I think it is well worth it. Good luck.

  2. Matthew,

    Thanks for the info. Is he providing any pictures or reports?

  3. I guess it depends on where you are building. Our inspector charge $425 for pre dry wall, and will charge $550 for the final walk through. Not sure what the price will be at the 10 month review. Call around and compare and ask for references. Cheap isn't always a good thing.