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Your house may be the biggest purchase of your life!  

You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don't stop now. Don't let your friends, family, a patty-cake inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping here. interNACHI certified inspectors perform the best inspections by far. 

The rate for the standard inspection of a typical single family house of 1,000 sq. ft. a.g.l. (above ground level) or 2,000 sq. ft. total is about $500, with some variations depending on the size and age of the building, the type of foundation, finished/unfinished basement, number of bathrooms, number and type of of Air Conditioning/Heating Systems, type of garage, etc.

Let us put our home inspection fees in perspective:

  • You are about to purchase a house for hundreds of thousands of dollars and therefore paying realtors about 6% of the house value ($6,000 per $100,000). Where do you think the seller gets the money to pay the realtors?

  • The cost of a Potomac Homes' inspection is a bargain in comparison! Depending on the size and age of the house, the foundation type, number of bathrooms, number of Air Conditioning/Heating Systems, type of garage, outbuildings included or not included in the inspection, and distance/time to travel, Potomac Homes' inspection fees are between $80 and $135 per $100,000 or about 0.1% of the house value! Yes, on average, just one thousand of the house value!

In home inspection, one size does not fit all!

Many home buyers and realtors feel that a home inspection is the same no matter who you hire (or don’t hire if you’re planning on using a friend or relative who is pretty “handy” around the home). This is not true when buying an opinion and, face facts, a home inspection is just the Home Inspector’s opinion, an expert opinion based on knowledge, education, training, experience, and ability to communicate, but still just an opinion.

Some buyers think that a $150 or $300 difference in the price of the home inspector’s opinion is more important to them than what the opinion is based on and how much money that opinion can save them. They go to the Yellow Pages, look under Home Inspections, and call each one asking just one question. “How much do you charge?” until they get all through and then select the cheapest. In Maryland, it is about $200 for a two-hour inspection (thorough?) with a 5 page, delivered on site, checklist report with a few scratch mark comments.


Potomac Homes' Inspections offer more...

Potomac Homes' thorough home inspections take between four and six hours, depending on the size of the house and the condition of the structure and systems, or about fourty-five minutes to one hour per 1,000 sq. ft. followed by 30 to 45 minutes for discussing the findings, depending on what Potomac Homes' Inspector find and the number of questions you might have; and finally one hour for typing a comprehensive 40 page (on average) narrative professional report with annotated digital photos, packed with pertinent and educational information that you will feel confident taking to the negotiating table for your real estate purchase.


Call now for pricing and scheduling your home inspection (301 467 5922)




NACHI Certified Home Inspectors earn their fees many times over. They do more, they deserve more, and yes they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor and pay a little more for the quality inspection your new home (and biggest investment) deserves.

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