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 additional buildings, 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 receive prior to the inspection via email.  If you want the cheapest home inspection, we may not be for you, but if you want the best home inspection, give us a call for an estimate or schedule online at the link at the top of the page.

Residential Inspections Start at $350

Call for an estimate, based upon the square footage of the home.

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 with an inspection, $150 without  Test takes 48 hours to perform 

Water Quality (Nitrates and Coliform(Bacteria))  $100 with an inspection

Pool and Spa  $50 

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.  Our inspection 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.

I saw this and thought what an interesting way to get to know your home inspector.

37 odd things about me

1. Do you like mustard on corn dogs? NO, not a fan of corn dogs.
2. Choice of carbonated drink? IBC Cream Soda is amazing.
3. Do you own a gun? Yes if a pellet gun and super soaker count?
4. Whiskey, beer, vodka, rum, tequila? Root Beer is as hard as it gets for me.
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers every time
6. Favorite Type Of Food? Mexican all day every day!
7. Do you believe in ghosts? No and my thermal camera has yet to find one.
8. What do you drink in the morning? Iced Tea
9. Can you do a 100 Pushups? Yes, but not in a row. My best has been 47 and with my current training I might get there.
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall? Summer and Fall
11. Favorite Hobby? Trail Running
12. Tattoos? None
13. Do you wear glasses? I bought readers about 3 months ago and I can't believe how much sharper the words are now.
14. Phobia? Swimming in lakes and oceans (seaweed)
15. Nickname? Not sure I have one
16. Three drinks you drink? Iced Tea, Water, Hot Chocolate
17. Biggest downfall? I have a hard time saying NO
18. Rain or Snow? Rain because I don't have to shovel it.
19. Piercings? None
20. Kids? Yes 2 Boys
22. Favorite color? Blue
23. Favorite age? Right now, things are about as good as they have ever been.
24. Can you whistle? Yes! I remember my Dad whistling around the house as a kid and now I do it.
25. Where were you born? Spokane
26. Brothers or Sisters? 1 sister
27. Ever Been Arrested? Nope, not even a traffic ticket.
28. Surgeries? 3 for sure
29. Shower or Bath? Shower
30. Like gambling?Nope, better ways to make money.
32. Broken bones? No official diagnosis, thought I had some cracked ribs once.
33. How many tv's in your house? 2
34. Worst pain in your life? Lower back injury when I was working construction.
35. Do you like to dance? Only when no one can see me.
36. Are your parents still alive? Yes
37. Do you like to go camping? Yes! Love it! My travel trailer is actually called a "Fun Finder" and my only wish is to use it more.

Bonus Answer: Lifetime goal of visiting every National Park in America with my wife.

Please play along if you wish to. 😊
These are fun to do and fun to read.
Copy, paste, change the answer!!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Looks like the day this addition was added the contractor forgot to bring their level. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

What are the odds that if I drop a screw from the electrical panel it will make it all the way to the floor drain? Excellent, it happened to me a couple of days ago, I did manage to fish the screw back out though. I probably couldn’t do it again if I tried. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

This must be one of those all in one wet bathrooms you see in RV’s these days. Floor drain right in the middle to take care of any mess. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

The evolution of heating systems in a 109 year old home. The 1st photo is the old coal chute, the 2nd photo you can just make out the pipes coming through the foundation for an oil tank that is no longer there, to the current natural gas furnace. It is even time to upgrade this outdated low efficiency unit for a new high efficiency model. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!