How much does a Home Inspection Cost in Edmonton?

Home inspection costs vary depending on a few factors that include: market, property location, property age, property size, competition, and extras.  In general, the cost usually falls between $400 and $700 but let’s take a closer look at the Edmonton marketplace.

Property Location

For most properties, the price of the home inspection would not be affected by the location of the property. In some cases, however, if the property you are looking to inspect is in a bit of a remote location then there might be a driving fee which shouldn’t be more than $50.

Property Age

Some home inspectors factor in property age when valuing a quotation. The reason some home inspectors do this is that there is a higher chance that an older property would have more issues. The more issues the home inspector finds the more time they will have to spend on the home inspection. This is just the home inspector making sure they are not undercharging when you look at it at an hourly rate.

Property Size

Of course, there is also the size of the property. A bigger property will simply take more time to inspect so the bigger the property the more they’re going to charge. Let’s look at an example below:

Upto 1500 sq.ft. 1501-2000sq.ft 2001-2500sq.ft. 2501-3000sq.ft 3001-3500sq.ft +500sq.ft
$499.00 549.00 599.00 649.00 699.00 +50.00

 

Market

Depending on the economic situation of the city you are in the prices will vary. If there are many people buying property then the prices will go up, otherwise, they will go down. Simple demand and supply. In Edmonton, there are a handful of home inspection companies that take the bulk of the business and then there are dozens more that take many smaller slices. The few companies that have the larger chunk of the business have done more home inspections as a result and probably are more experienced. But remember that all home inspectors should be certified so there is a minimum standard that they all meet.

The bigger companies probably have pretty good customer service to help maintain their reputation. The smaller companies can vary from very good customer service to needs room for improvement. You should also consider looking at the smaller guys since they might have some lower prices to try and get some customers in the door.

The bigger players have a dominating online presence that provides them with the constant stream of customers. On the other hand, the smaller players are heavily depending on referrals. I’ve talked with a few of them and there were cases that had only 2 bookings for the entire week. Alternatively, I talked to some of the larger players as well and many of these guys were fully booked for the weekend.

Extras

The Packages offered by home inspection companies in Edmonton vary. Some inspection companies offer Thermal Imaging included with the standard package while others have it as an extra. Common extras include the following:

  • Mold inspection  $50 and up
  • Radon Inspection   $100 and up
  • Allergen Inspection $50 and up
  • Pool Inspections   $200 and up
  • Air Quality Testing  $150 and up
  • Asbestos Inspection $50 and up
  • Lead Inspection  $50 and up
  • WDO (Wood Destroying Organism) Inspection $100 and up

 

So depending on these factors property age, property size, market, competition, property location, and extras the price of the home inspection will vary from about $300 to more than $1,000 for large properties with a few extras.

What can you do to lower the price of a home inspection?

For most people, lowering the price is not easy. If you are representing an entity that can supply the home inspector with a constant stream of leads you could reach a deal with a home inspector. Some people think that they can negotiate with the home inspector to lower his price while he is at the property since he already went through the trouble to arrive at the property. People also think that if an inspector seems to be light on bookings they can pressure him to lower his price since he needs the booking.

All these people forget one thing. Almost all the home inspectors would have you sign a contract beforehand. In most cases, you will receive the contract via email for you to sign and agree on items relating to conditions, liability, and price. They will only show up at the property if you signed the contract which also means that you can’t really change the price anymore.

So while the cost of getting a home inspection is very small in terms of the total costs involved in buying a house, it is important to have an idea about how much you should be getting charged and make sure that you don’t end up overpaying.

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 What is Thermal Imaging?

     Thermal Imaging tells you the story of what’s happening behind the walls in your home. Thermal imaging is done with a thermal camera. It is a non-invasive way to detect differences in temperature behind walls. Thermal Imaging can pick up a difference of .6th of a degree.  This difference of temperature could be the result of:

Water leaks:

     Moisture from water leaks could lead to mold which ruins the home foundation or building. Any plumbing leaks, foundation leaks, roof leaks can be easily detected by a thermal camera because the time for temperature change in water is longer than the building itself. This temperature difference is easily picked up by thermal imaging.

Electrical faults:

     An overloaded or failing circuit will generate excess heat which could, in the worst-case scenario, cause a fire. Thermal imaging is able to pick up on an increased heat production near electrical wiring.

Insulation problems:

     If some parts of your walls or rooms are missing insulation, you can find out with thermal imaging. It is always better to find missing insulation during a home inspection than in the middle of winter.

Air leakage:

     Outlets, electrical panels, vents, chimney chases that are bringing in cold air can be found through thermal imaging.

 

Skipping Thermal Imaging?

     The problems caused by mold, faulty electrical wires or insulation can be financially detrimental. In addition, they can cause foundational and structural damage to your house. Dealing with these issues can be hugely disruptive to your everyday life. Getting your house checked for these potential issues during the home inspection will save you that nightmare.

Equipment and Samples

     Thermal Imaging is done using an infrared camera or imager. The most popular brands of infrared cameras for thermal imaging are FLIR, Fluke, and Keysight/Agilent. The higher the infrared resolution of the camera, the better the clarity of images it produces.

 

     One of the more popular cameras is the FLIR E5. With a resolution of 120 X 90, this camera can detect .10th of a degree difference.  Some examples of images produced by these cameras are:

     Seemingly normal to the naked eye, the infrared camera brings out the problems in this room. The area marked 1 shows a stark temperature difference, the area is warmer than its surroundings. Area 2 is colder than the surrounding areas indicating moisture due to a plumbing leak.  

     The darker coloured area indicates is colder and this can be due to moisture coming from roof leaks, plumbing leaks, or poor ventilation.

     The yellow coloured area represents hot or cold spots which can be due to missing or inadequate insulation, air leaks, or leaks in ducts.

 

Places that offer Thermal Imaging in Edmonton

     Now that we’ve established the benefits of thermal imaging, where can you get one? Below is the list of some of the places in Edmonton that offer it as part of their home inspection package. This means there is no added cost to you!

List:

Access Home Inspection Services:

Contact: 780-868-3152

JBR Inspections: 

Contact Office: 780-757-4988

John Rennie

780-221-1179

Brent Rennie

780-267-4411

Welcome Home Inspections: 

Contact: 

780-628-7117

Admirable Inspection Services Ltd: 

Contact: 780-218-7697

Braun Home Inspections: 

Contact: 780-908-0606

East Side Home Inspection:

Contact: 780-477-2666

Executive Home Inspections: 

Contact: 780-651-3608

Authorized Home Inspection Services: 

Contact: 780- 409-8099

 

Do you know of any other Home Inspection Companies in Edmonton that offer Thermal Imaging with their standard package? If so let us know and we will gladly add it to our list.

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