Welcome to Innovative Home Inspection Services

Innovative Home Inspection Services is here to help you make an informed decision when it comes to your real estate purchasing needs. Serving Washington and Idaho.

  • Should I get a home inspection?
  • How much does a home inspection cost?
  • How long does a home inspection take?
  • Who should attend the inspection?
Should I get a home inspection?

Would you buy a car without a test drive?  Then why would you buy a home without a home inspection?  Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make.  This is why it is important to have a home inspection.  The inspection will allow you to discover and document defects that may not be obvious to you as a buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns.

Most buyers spend an average of 15-20 minutes in a home before making an offer.  The home inspection will allow you an additional 3 hours to really explore and make an informed decision.  The home inspection also gives you the opportunity to negotiate for repairs by licensed contractors or a price reduction.  As an example, the national average for a plumbing repair is $400.  This clearly makes having a home inspection a wise financial decision.  

How much does a home inspection cost?

The home inspection rate can vary based upon the square footage of the home.  The cost will also vary based upon any additional services such as radon testing, having a sewer scope performed, or laboratory testing on things like mold, lead, or asbestos. Before the inspection, you should find out what will be included in the inspection and what won’t. These details will also be outlined in the inspection agreement that you will need to sign prior to the inspection which you will receive via email.

Price Breakdown:

1-1499 Square Feet  $350

1500-2499 Square Feet  $375 

2500-2999 Square Feet  $400 

3000-3499 Square Feet  $425 

3500-3999 Square Feet  $450 

4000-4499 Square Feet  $500 

4500-4999 Square Feet  $550 

5000-5499 Square Feet  $600 

Larger than 5500 Square Feet call for estimate 

Multi Family Units Call for estimate (Homes that are set up for more than 1 family.  Could be a separate building, a basement that has been set up for rental space, or a condo with multiple units.)

Radon Testing  $100   Test takes 48 hours to perform 

Sewer Scope is recommended, contact Mr. Rooter 509-368-7262 or Spokane Rooter 509-822-2201 for price and scheduling.

How long does a home inspection take?

Depending on the home’s age, size, and location your home inspection may take up to three hours or more. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or additional services (such as a sewer scope or radon testing) will increase that time. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspection was not thorough enough.  This is a thorough top to bottom inspection of the exterior, interior, and working components of the home.

Who should attend the inspection?

You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. As a buyer you can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction and help you to feel more comfortable with the home after moving in. The goal of the home inspection is not to just find defects, but to teach the home buyer about the home they are purchasing.

It is also recommended that if you have children to find care for them during the inspection since you will be a guest in someone else’s home and some hazards will be present.  During the inspection, access to hazardous areas will be opened, such as crawl spaces, attic access, mechanical components, and the electrical panel.

My newest tool to my bag paid off yesterday. A home built in 1941 and I was getting inconsistent measurements at all the receptacles with my three prong tester. Some said open ground and some showed as grounded. The new tester confirmed that several of the supposed grounds were false or what we call a boot leg ground. Throw in the outdated panel and it’s time for an electrician to evaluate the cost of repair and potentially save this buyer thousands. ... See MoreSee Less

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Who doesn't love kittens on a Friday? These 2 were my personal assistants...actually comic relief. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is one well decorated door that appears to have some history behind it based upon some of these stickers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sorry no wild and crazy things from today's inspection. Enjoy this sign I saw in a bathroom. ... See MoreSee Less

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It is interesting plumbing day. Duct tape at one drain and one had a rubber hose clamped in place instead of an actual p trap. Fun fact...neither actually leaked, they should still be replaced though. ... See MoreSee Less

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