Local Inspection Fees

Just curious what everyone is charging for fees here in Florida? Im in Tampa Bay. I do not use check list type reports, mine are detailed and informative. I do not rush through the home inspection, I take my time. Multiple realtors and clients have told me that Im the most thorough inspector they have used, and appreciate that.
Every price shopper has went with someone else after I gave them my quote. Its sad that customers will use a company that is 50$ cheaper than me but has 2star reviews… The economy is (was) booming, the houses are up in price, the realtors and other tradesmen are making more, whyyyy are some home inspectors charging so low? (Don’t get me started on the guys doing stand alone wind mits and 4points both for 99$!)
Im using the Nachi Fee calculator set to average (I dont charge for travel), I include 4point, and sprinklers free with my inspections. I charge $50 extra for wind mitigaion, pool, crawlspaces. Are my prices similar to anyones?

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I charge 275 for anything under 200 sqft. Then 300 starting with 200 and for every 250sqft I charge 25 dollars more. My average time on inspections is usually 2-3 hours. My Inspection includes everything the 4 point would but if I have to fill out the form I charge 50 dollars more. For wind mit add ons I charge 50. When those two are stand alone I charge between 100- 150 depending how busy I am. I am also wondering prices on other things like mold testing and radon testing.

Thanks for the reply Josh, did you mean $275 for anything under 2000sqft? I have never came across a home under 700sqft.
What do you mean by “My Inspection includes everything the 4 point would but if I have to fill out the form I charge 50 dollars more”? Do you have a section on your full report that lists the 4point deficient items?
I charge $100 each for stand alont wind mit and 4point. $180 if together.

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lol Yes, sorry about that. Anything under 2000 sqft is $275.00 right now. The 4 point items and deficient items are included on my residential inspection buy I have had clients where they have come back to me and told me that the insurance company absolutely requires the 4 point inspection form which I charge $50 to do. The stand alone prices you have seem very fair. I have no idea why some people are doing these for $50 dollars by themselves. Doesn’t seem worth the 30 min drive there and then back.

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I am new though as a business owner and I have changed my prices several times but this seems to be really working for me. So far I am having what I would consider a great month.

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One may desire to call, or have someone else call, around the area served and get pricing. And, then, place yourself above the middle pricing somewhat.

That is how I did it when I started out. :smile:

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Thats a good idea, Larry, thank you.

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Another idea Curt:

Thanks Larry, that was a great read. I think my pricing is pretty justified after reading that article. I just have to shrug off the price shoppers. I will still call around and get the competition’s prices, and evaluate my pricing, can’t hurt.

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Usually, they are a headache down the road anyway!

Good job, Curt! :smile:

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Curt, I met you at the Dock & Seawall class last year. Still have your card… I think we should sit down with as many of us independent guys and ‘conspire’ about the pricing in the area. I’m keeping steady but still working to get established and have plenty of ‘shoppers’ passing me up for the ‘cheaper pricers’. My pricing is close to you. Been researching a lot of others in this area and seeing biggest difference is establishment.

Let me know if you’d like to meet for lunch and chat about the business. I’m sure I can learn a lot!

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Hey Robert! That sounds like a great idea, I was thinking about starting a local Home inspector FB page possibly too. Shoot me a txt so I have your number. Everything is pretty crazy around here as you see with the corona, but I’d love to meet up soon and talk about the inspection biz!

Be aware:

" Price rigging is an illegal action that occurs when parties conspire to fix or inflate prices to achieve higher profits at the expense of the consumer."

and

" When competitors agree to restrict competition, the result is often higher prices . Accordingly, price fixing is a major concern of government antitrust enforcement. A plain agreement among competitors to fix prices is almost always illegal , whether prices are fixed at a minimum, maximum, or within some range."

…from Google

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I have my prices set and stick with it. Shoppers come-shoppers go!

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Good looking out Larry!

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Getting into “Hot Water” is no fun, Curt…

I’m not in Florida but my fees start at $320 (up to 1100sqft) and go up from there. A 2100 sqft house is 420, 3100 sqft house is $530. Fees range in different levels but those couple numbers should help.

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When I retired about 7 years ago, my condo was $475 + or - and I was booked as solid as I wanted to be.

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Thanks Michael, I like those numbers!

It’s crazy how the cost of everything goes up, but inspection fees hang low!

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