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Joe Folsom, Agent, Ellijay, GA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Ann: John brings up some good points in his comments. Tennessee does license home inspectors and you would want to make sure you hired one that is licensed as an inspector and experienced as a builder. These two talents go hand in hand.

Our in house Builder/Manager/Inspector is licensed both as a builder and as an inspector. He often refers to the difference between a Contractor and an Builder (which has a similar parallel to you looking for an inspector). Here is the difference. A Contractor has the knowledge to build a home, understands the logistics and has the ability to manage the business side, but may or may not have ever built a home themselves. A Builder on the other hand, has the same skills as the Contractor with the additional skill of having been there done that. A Builder knows how to swing a hammer and how to select qualified subcontractors to do the same.

Here is my point: You need an inspector that knows what he/she is doing from experience and has a license. One without the other is not complete and can not provide you with the quality of service you deserve as an informed Trulia consumer.

Good luck and let us know if we can be of service with this or any of your Real Estate, Building or Inspection needs.

Joe Folsom
Modern Rustic Living
Lifestyles & Real Estate
Office: 423-443-4638
eMail: JoeFolsom@ModernRusticLiving.com
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April Kass, Agent, Pasadena, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
I'm in Los Angeles, so prices may be a little higher here but I generally charge $295 for a condo/townhouse and $350 for homes under 2600 sf. I also charge additional prices for extras like a guest house, pool or spa.

In California, their is no licensing for home inspectors and the same is true for most states. When hiring your inspector its a good idea to ask them if they are a licensed general contractor and a member of a statewide or national inspection association such as ASHI.
Web Reference:  http://www.ashi.org/
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Patrice & Je…, Agent, Chattanooga, TN
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Ann,

A home in your price range will typically cost $275 to $300 for a home inspection. If you like visit our website http://www.ChattanoogaHomes4Sale.com and click on the left hand link "Preferred Vendors", you will find several inspectors listed that are very good.

I trust this helps,
Jeff
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Joe Folsom, Agent, Ellijay, GA
Thu Feb 19, 2009
Ann: I forgot to mention that everything in a Real Estate transaction is nonnegotiable (including the inspection fee). We have gotten the seller to pick up this fee on many occasions which would mean it would cost you nothing. For more info on this, just give us a call or email me any time.

Joe Folsom
(423) 443-4638
JoeFolsom@ModernRusticLiving.com
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Julia Odom, Agent, Cleveland, TN
Thu Feb 19, 2009
Usually $250-$450 depending on the inspector and how in-depth the report is.
Web Reference:  http://www.JuliaOdom.com
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Joe Folsom, Agent, Ellijay, GA
Thu Feb 19, 2009
Most inspectors run from a $200 to $500 depending on the size and location of the property. We have two Inspectors available to help you. Just give us a call or email me for details.

Joe Folsom
(423) 443-4638
JoeFolsom@KW.com
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