There are many instances when you may need to have a home inspection done. Home inspections are recommended before purchasing a home to ensure that it is in the condition you expect or to uncover issues so that you have a better idea of the total costs. You may also want to have inspections conducted for specific areas of the home, such as the HVAC system or roof, if you suspect an issue and want to determine the best course of action.
Inspections can be handled on several levels, from cursory to extremely involved. Therefore, there is a range of associated costs for this service. Most home inspectors charge a labor rate of around $50 to $75 an hour, which can make smaller jobs less costly than entire house inspections.