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Will a home inspector be able to estimate the cost of potential repairs?

Always
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Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
13%
Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
42%
Never
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Question: Will a home inspector be able to estimate the cost of potential repairs?
Top Answer (43% of 252 votes): Never.

Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Estimates for repairs are not included in a standard inspection. Most Inspectors will not be able to estimate actual repair costs.
Preferred Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: We are there only to do the inspection and report on the defects found.
A Affordable Home Inspector LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: The cost of materials change too much from day to day. It is not the responsibility of the inspector to estimate repairs.
Eastridge Home Inspections of Arkansas, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: I will not discuss any financial matters in regards to home.
Harris Business Professionals
Answer: Never
Explanation: This is actually prohibited by the Massachusetts Standards of Practice.
HouseMaster Home Inspections
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Home Inspectors may give general ballpark figures of what a particular repair may cost if performed by qualified third-party companies.
Wise-Up Home Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: Some inspectors may try to give you a ballpark figure for repairs but it is usually best to take there report to a contractor and get an estimate from a professional in the area.
Space City Inspections, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: It is not the responsibility of the home inspector to estimate the cost of repairs. You should contact a building professional/contractor to get estimates for any repairs identified as necessary by the home inspector.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: Not in Texas
Vertex Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Depending on if the inspector has construction/handy man experience.
Dynamic Inspections & Construction Services, LLC.
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Please get at least two estimates from qualified contractors able to do the work.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: We will sometimes offer a client a ballpark figure of a repair cost, but caution the buyer that the costs may vary between contractors. We recommend clients get multiple quotes from qualified professionals.
HomeScope Property Inspection Services LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: Not a licensed contractor.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
Answer: Never
Explanation: Not their job.
Appaloosa Home Inspection
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Your average home inspector has a wide variety of home repair expertise. If they are unsure most will gladly look it up to give you an estimate.
Moran Property Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: We offer contracts we have gained through professional interactions in our field of work. And most of the time we will have a ballpark estimate.
Homeinspections123
Answer: Never
Explanation: it is not common for a inspector to estimate repairs and he should stick to fact finding only this could and most likely cross several unethical boundaries. example if i do a home inspection i will not make any repairs to that house for nothing short of 2 years.
Property Repair Service & Inspections
Answer: Never
Explanation: That would not be an inspectors job.
North State Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: We come from 10 years of prior General Contracting experience. So, this is a value that we bring t our customers. Unfortunately we can not provide any of the repair services as this would be a conflict of interest.
Certified Inspectors, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: That could be a conflict of interest.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Some inspectors may verbally ballpark some of the repair costs, but most of the time it is recommended to contact a license professional in that specific field to come and give an estimate for repairs.
Blackland Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: It is not in the best of intrest for the inspector to give estimates for repairs. They can make a recommendation to have it looked at by a professional licensed contractor in that particular field or trade to give there own assessment and estimate of repairs or replacement of that item in question. For example, if a leaky roof is called out in the inspection the inspector would recommend a licensed contractor be called out for that estimate in repairs.
Meadow Brook Home Inspection
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: I try not to open myself up to that liability
Buckeye Inspection Services
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: depends on condition and area involved
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Being careful for all who are involved
Allied Services Home Inspection
Answer: Never
Explanation: A home inspection does not estate costs of repair.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: Never
Explanation: Home inspectors are forbidden by law in Pennsylvania to quote prices for repairs or replacement of items, but can provide a list of contractors to do the work as long as the client understands that the inspector is not associated with the contractor is not liable for any discrepancies caused by the contractor.
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: It is best to leave the cost of repairs to the professional actually doing the repairs.
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: It is not the job of a home inspector to identify cost for repairs. That is the job of an specialist. Because of the experience of the home inspector he might be able to suggest a range on the cost of minor re[airs.
HOME INSPECTOR USA
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: For some common issues it is generally accepted to give ballpark figures to clients regarding the cost of a repair. For exact repair quotes it is advised that the client contact a qualified professional in the specific field required for repair.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: I try to inform my customers of ballpark cost to fix problems
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Most inspectors have a background in the trades. They will be able to give ball park figures if requested. Never buy repairs from your inspector.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: That is a potential conflict of interest and liability concern to estimate price without consulting with qualified contractor.
Riverbend Property Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Some inspectors can "ballpark" some repairs but should be careful in doing so as there are many changing variables. Getting estimates from the pros is highly recommended
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
Answer: Never
Explanation: Estimating the cost of repairs or Contracting do the repairs a conflict of interest.
House and Home Inspection Services
Answer: Never
Explanation: It is not a good practice for inspectors to quote pricing for repairs. Repair cost vary from contractor to contractor and to guess is taking on an amount of liability for the inspector and may mislead a buyer.
840 Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: Estimating costs of repairs is against the home inspectors industry of standards.
Ray REI
Answer: Never
Explanation: A home inspector is not a contractor and at best can only give a ballpark figure for repairs.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: Part of our code of ethics is that we separate our evaluation of the condition of the home from the estimate for repairs. I am sure you can appreciate how you would feel as the buyer, if I handed you a list of needed repairs and an estimate to complete the work.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Sometimes a home inspector might know an estimated figure for a repair because they might have had it done to their house. But most inspectors will not provide this information as they are not in the business of doing repairs.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
Answer: Never
Explanation: This is not pat of a typical inspection.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: We are not construction contractor 's. So we are impartial to whom you hire. Some companies will bid low on a job and some will bid higher.
Your Home Property Consultants
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Most items can be estimated
House detective
Answer: Never
Explanation: Within the Inspection Report the inspection will recommend the client get an license repairmen only.
A Balance Home Inspection
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: LOX Home Inspections, LLC has been associated with construction and repairs for years. Most contractors provide comparable labor/material costs. Buyer must do their homework and make the final choice.
LOX Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: A home inspector will not give estimates on repairs. THta is for the specialized contractors. In the state of PA a Home Inspector isn,t allowed to even offer to repair a defect for 12 months.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: Home inspectors are not permitted by their Standards of Practice to give estimates on repairs.
Kent Trader, LLC. Inspection Services
Answer: Never
Explanation: It is generally best to contact a qualified,licensed contractor for an estimate on repairs.
Coast Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Some inspectors will give estimates.
North Dynamic Inspections
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: It is entirely up to a home inspector whether they want to provide cost estimates. It is a conflict of interest for an inspector to also repair the findings. He is motivated to find things to simply pad their pocket.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: Usually not in the inspectors scope of business
G M M Property Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Patrick Erb Home Inspection Services Licensed Home Inspection AL # HI3083 HUD # 638 erbhomeservices@gmail.com 205-412-5256 More Information About Me http://erbhomeservices.wix.com/patrickerb www.promatcher.com/ErbHomeServicesInspection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f94FUNkxZX0&feature=share
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Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Most home inspectors should have a background in residential or commercial construction, the can give a ball park figure on cost to make repairs. I always do, but in a separate listing that is not included on the report
JKM Home Inspections
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: While estimates are not generally part of an inspection, we do include estimates free of charge if requested.
Brighton Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: We can guess and approximate some cost.
A&T Home Inspections, Inc.
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Such knowledge is certainly useful to a potential home buyer, but the added liability involved in providing such an estimate causes many inspectors to avoid them. “I provide estimates for my clients,but only when asked to do it. I make it clear that they are ‘ballpark’ estimates and urge clients to obtain more accurate and reliable estimates from appropriate contractors. Many inspectors are concerned about being able to provide an accurate estimate – both for ethical and business reasons. For example, if a home inspector estimates the cost of a new roof to be $3,000, when it turns out to cost $6,000, the client may not be too happy. On the other hand, if the estimate is too high, the buyer may be scared away from the sale. For these reasons, many inspectors find it safer to not include a cost estimate at all unless asked for.
Evolve Property Inspection Services
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Although it is recommended in the inspector's courses and training NOT to estimate the cost of repairing or upgrading we have all whitnessed reports where some inspectors to list ballpark costs. We at Connected Inspectors have the experience, we choose to suggest the trades to provide the buyer with actual proposals as there are constant cost of construction changes and a wide variety of contractors and handyman firms.
Connected Services Group, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Most Inspectors have an extensive background and years of experience in home construction and remodeling. Even if they have not done it themselves they have probably seen it done many times.
Powell Home Inspection LLC
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: yes but this situation can vary due to many variables
Phoenix Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: I make recommendation for estimates by licensed or professionals in the field and I also give a ballpark estimate of the cost to repair or cure
A Closer Look Property Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: A home inspector will give a close estimate of major issues found. The qualified professional in the respected field will give a closer estimate, which could also depend on many factors some unforeseen.
A Home Detective Inspection Service
Answer: Never
Explanation: That is not part of a home inspectors job and falls outside the scope.
MC2 Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: According to the State of Arizona a home inspector may not offer cost estimate for repairs. They consider it a conflict of interest. We find defect not offer any estimate of repairs.
Wilson Property Inspection, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Never
Explanation: Home inspectors should only advise client on appropriate avenue to solicit quotes but not give estimates
Kgm home inspections
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Yes, with a construction estimation background or experience, a ball park figure can be conveyed if client asks.
Straight Street Home & Structural Pest Inspections
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Not always but we can ballpark it for you
Valley Home Inspectors LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Contractor estimates will vary with experience, type of materials, project size, difficulty, and competition. Estimates provided by those not actually performing the work can be off by 300% or more. During the summer months, most qualified and seasoned contractors are busy and they will bid projects higher than in the winter when the workload is less. Additionally, some "handyman" type repairs may charge for labor near $12 dollars per hour while licensed, qualified, and insured professional contractors may charge upwards of $100 dollars per hour. While we are experts in diagnosing and inspecting for defects of the home, we generally do not provide cost estimates. We always recommend that the most accurate estimate will come from the contractor that will do the work. Most will give free estimates.
Up Close Home Inspection
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: JC & E Home Inspection does not provide repair estimates as part of a home inspection. However, other inspectors may choose to give their clients repair estimates.
JC & E Home Inspection
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Your inspector should be able to estimate (a ballpark figure) for repairs needed.
Gold Country Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: The better place to get a good cost estimate is from the professional service provider that deals with that specific repair problem. (Call a qualified roofer for roofing cost estimates...)
Golden Home Inspections
Answer: Never
Explanation: The home inspector is not a licensed contractor.
Thill Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Never
Explanation: He is there to note the issues, not estimate the costs.
Team Texas Construction, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Most of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Our inspectors are licensed-experienced builders.
Cornish Home Inspections, Inc.
Answer: Some of the time (a ballpark figure)
Explanation: Estimating repair costs are not a requirement for a report. It is strongly advised to do your own research for repair costs. However, if the inspector is qualified to give a ballpark cost, then it should be left to the inspectors discretion.
1st Choice Home Inspections
Answer: Never
Explanation: Home inspectors are not allowed by the code of ethics to quote repair cost or to solicit for repair services.
Carolina Regional Inspection Services
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