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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Private Home Inspector?

To all that are reading who have had a private home inspector for new construction, I need your help! I would love to know how much you paid for you pre drywall inspection and final inspections? Did you agree that it was necessary? I would like to go ahead and nail down (ha, get it?)  an inspector now so I have a heads up for our pre-drywall meeting in April.  Oh, and if you could share the square footage of your house that would be great too! It's my understanding that many base their prices on that.

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  1. We did hire an inspector for our build and I have a post on my blog about our experience http://ryanhomesdunkirk.blogspot.com

    We paid $350 for pre-drywall, final walk through, and 10 month. I know that is very low but that is all he charged. He did a very thorough job and found a few things he thought RH should correct (he also pointed out some good things they did).

    Some of the inspectors suggestions were things that RH simply would not do - for example, he did not like the box they use for the fan rough-in (I think he said it was cheap). He did find a couple of things that RH's did agree to correct.

    I would have a hired an inspector no matter what they charged. The only negative would be the inspector finds things that RHs will not change and there probably isn't much you can do about it.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with the build!

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  2. Hi! We are building a Florence model in Northeast Ohio, just under 2,000 sqft. We just had our home inspected by a private inspector this past Monday, pre-drywall. I would highly suggest a private inspection. It really gave us a piece of mind. There were a few items that our inspector suggested that could be improved upon but overall he was happy with what he saw.

    Also, we are first time homeowners so we are not too familiar with all the mechanics that go into a home so it was very beneficial for us to go through the inspection with the inspector. (I would recommend going through the home with your inspector!)

    The inspection was $250. I do agree with Matthew, I would pay for a private inspector no matter the cost.

    Check out my blog if you would like to see a more detailed post about our private home inspection. Ourfabulousflorence.blogspot.com

    Congrats with your ground breaking!

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    1. Thank you Kristina. We actually toured a Florence and were considering it at one time but changed our minds (well, the community we went with doesn't even sell the Florence floor plan). Good luck and thanks again for your comment!

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  3. My home is a little over 4600 sq ft (includes finished basement and morning room). We paid $425 for pre dry wall and will pay $550 for the pre settlement. I think it is worth it- my inspector did find a few issues that RH did correct. Like our kitchen vent was set to recirculate and not blow out- and a window that wouldn't close properly because it was plumbed.
    Inspector pricing really depends on your area but yes NOW is the time to start researching and calling these inspectors to find out their process and pricing. I get an emailed copy of the inspection report w/ pictures the day of inspection BUT I need to schedule inspections at least a week in advance (no last minute shenanigans)

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  4. Thanks for the comments guys. I had found one and wanted to see if his prices were reasonable which is why I posted this. He is charging $425 for the first (pre-dry wall) and will take $50 off each one after that so the final would be $375 and the 11 month would be $325

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    1. Hello, Katie. Congratulations to you and your husband on your new home purchase! Your home will surely be beautiful! We currently live in a community very near Potomac Shores and are just astounded at how beautiful the community will turn out. We are actually building a new home with Ryan Homes in Fredericksburg, so I am so grateful to have found your blog. I find it helpful to read about others' experiences and it helps us prepare for what to anticipate, so thank you! Nevertheless, may I know the name of the inspector you found these prices from? We are also shopping around for home inspectors.

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    2. Hi Joanne, thanks for reading the blog and sorry for the late reply. The inspector I was referring to in the above comment is from "Cover Your Assets Home Inspector" and I just found him on Yelp. I have no idea how he will be since we haven't had our inspections yet but from his website and talking to him on the phone he seemed to really know his stuff. I also talked with a private inspector named Jay Markanich via email (http://www.jaymarinspect.com) and he also seemed very good. We have not yet decided who to go with but I will be sure to post a review online when once it is complete

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    3. Hi, Katie. No worries! Thank you for sharing the inspectors you found. I look forward to reading about your inspections. I'm sure they will turn out fine, as I've come to find Ryan Homes builds quality homes. Best of luck, and reading your progress is so exciting!

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  6. Thanks for posting this -- it was good to see approximately how much people have paid for inspections! We're very early on in the stages, but we definitely plan to hire one for peace of mind. Neither my husband nor I would know what to look for, so we want someone with experience checking up on things.

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