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#1038. How much does a professional "home inspection" cost in the Grand Forks, ND area?
Typically house inspections run from $250 to $400. However the devil is in the details sometimes. Inspectors are what I call ‘generalists’ and don’t check deeply into everything.
So for instance, the home inspector will check to see if the furnace and air conditioner are working but they will not look for any less-than-apparent mechanical concerns.
Thus you may want to have the furnace and air conditioner specifically checked out by a licensed heating and air technician. As of July, 2018 a basic service call could cost about $65- $75 per unit for a basic check-up.
In particular I suggest my buyer-clients have the heat chamber in an older gas furnace examined to see if there are any cracks that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning the air. This actually happened to my mom’s furnace that had been replaced after the floor of 1997 but, about fourteen years later the heat chamber cracked and started to leak carbon monoxide. Lucky that we had installed a carbon monoxide detector near the furnace! We had to replace the furnace.
If no major concerns are revealed the bonus for the furnace and air conditioner checkups is the systems will get serviced or tuned-up and you will be ready to go for the upcoming season of summer cooling or winter heating.
Sometimes it might be wise to call in a plumber to have a sewer line checked, scoped, and even rotored. The cost can vary depending how extensive the work to check and maybe clean the sewer line is. I can think of a house on Reeves Dr, where I subsequently learned after-the-fact, that would have been wise: Reeves Dr has some big, old, and beautiful Elm trees but they also have lots of roots. Shortly after the buyer moved in the line got worse with blockage and backed sewer water into the basement.
Also, as the situation may dictate, an electrician or even a structural engineer might be warranted to call.
Sometimes you may suspect there is mold in a house. An air quality test can be done – the last one done by one of my buyer-clients in July, 2018 cost $125.
You might also want to do a radon test. In 2018 I have noticed a resurgence of concern on this issue. The test can be free if you have the time to get a kit from the health department and can wait about two weeks for the results all the way to about $150 for results that come back in a few days. (I will write more on radon in a future blog.)
Overall, it might be wise to develop a mindset that tries to anticipate what might be the critical components of a house in which to delve further - which of course adds to the cost beyond that of a basic “home inspection”.
I have a list of all the local inspectors that I share with my clients and that is also available at my website www.grandforkshomes.net.