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How Much Should Your Home Inspection Cost?: An Interview with Cory Wright of Built Wright Home Inspection

By Cory Wright

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We have been in business for seven years and have hundreds of satisfied clients. We are also a CSLB licensed general contracting firm.

Is there something important that most people don't know about the cost of a home inspection that they should know?

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. A home inspection will typically pay for itself by exposing necessary repairs that otherwise would go unnoticed in the short time a potential buyer visits the home prior to making an offer. These repairs can then be brought into the negotiation prior to closing, rather than crop up as unwanted surprise after the deal is done.

How do you calculate what the charge for a home inspection should be?

For most homes pricing can be based on simple square footage, with additional charges for swimming pools, crawl spaces, and radon and mold tests. Higher-end luxury homes will typically require a site visit and custom-tailored pricing.

What are some of the things that might account for higher or lower home inspection prices from other companies in the Bakersfield area?

Inexperience, or new companies trying to break into the market. When I first started out I had discounted pricing in order to grow my business. But that did not last long, as demand and overhead grew. With lower pricing comes a less informed client as well. People who hire simply based on price have a tendency to be higher maintenance and a higher liability risk. It is simply not worth it.

After people receive a price or a quote, what questions should they ask the home inspector to help make their decision about who to hire?

They should qualify them base on experience, years in the business, liability and E&O (professional) insurance, and most importantly, personality. Will your inspector take the time to go over the report with you, point out things onsite, and be available for questions after you move in, when the real questions come up?

What advice do you have for a prospective homeowner who needs an inspection but doesn't really care who does it as long as the price is decent?

I would warn them that they are setting themselves up for problems. The low-rate companies constantly come and go. They are probably low priced because they are uninsured or underinsured, have little experience, or simply don't take the necessary time to complete a thorough inspection. Our inspections typically take 4-5 hours. I have seen checklist inspections that take the inspector about one hour to complete. There is simply no way to do a thorough home inspection in an hour, but the price was low. That person shouldn't even have wasted the money on that inspection as the value they received for their money was zero. A good home inspection will typically pay for itself by exposing problems before you close the deal. Don't risk one of the biggest purchases of your life by trying to save a few bucks.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We have a great office number 661-377-7777 or email at

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