Monday, September 24, 2007

Value vs. Price of a Home Inspection

Would you pay $100.00 more to have your home inspected by a home inspector who:

  • Has more than 20 years experience inspecting homes
  • Is a graduate Engineer as well as being fully licensed and certified
  • Is independent and does not depend on realtor referrals for business
  • Writes custom narrative reports with pictures that clearly call out all defects in the home with recommendations given in bold face type...?

Well.... some home buyers can never get past the price issue, and can not make a differentiation between price and value. That is a shame since the most important consideration in choosing a home inspector is not the price of the inspection, but the value of the service provided by the home inspection. Like any business, there are differences in home inspection services; some home inspectors choose to market their services by advertising low prices, and sometimes adding on costs for the service after they think that they have made the sale. That's called "bait & switch", and is not ethical. Other home inspection companies make a conscious decision to charge very low prices and provide a very minimal inspection, spending as little as 45 minutes at the inspection and providing a check list which provides little useful information to the home buyer. We (Meyers Home Inspections) choose to provide the highest level of professional services, and we charge a fair fee for these services. Our fee is often about $100.00 more that other less qualified inspectors, but you can be sure that you will get more value for your money.