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Dec. 18, 2020

How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost In Virginia?

Updated December 2020

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Incorporating the home inspection cost in Virginia into your budgeting when purchasing a home is very important. Many people forget to account for these costs when they are planning to buy, and that can lead them feeling overwhelmed when it comes time to handle the inspection.

Your home inspection costs in Northern Virginia will vary, depending on the quality of your inspector and the type and size of property you’re purchasing.

No matter which inspector you choose, you should always get a home inspection when purchasing real estate in Northern Virginia. You worked hard to save money for your home, so you should protect your investment when you go into your purchase contract.

To make sure you can make the most out of your home inspection, it’s important to understand how much they cost on average, what goes into a home inspection, and who is paying for the inspection.

A Table Of Contents For Home Inspection Cost In Virginia

How Much Is A Home Inspection In Virginia?

Many buyers have the same question: how much does a home inspection cost in Virginia?

The average price is going to depend on a number of factors:

  • Property size
  • Inspector experience
  • Type of home
  • Home location

Let’s break down the average costs based on the size and type of property you are having inspected.

How Much Is A Home Inspection In Virginia?

The biggest factor is going to be square footage, but single-family homes that have their own electric, plumping, and other systems that are completely separate from others will also cost more because of these factors. Townhomes and condos sometimes cost less when there are fewer systems to inspect, but this will depend on the specific property.

If you’re buying a single-family home, you should expect to pay anywhere from around $450 to $900, depending on the size of the property. For homes that are under 3,000 square feet, $450 to $600 is common, and townhomes that are around the same square footage often have comparable home inspection costs.

For larger homes that are over 4,000 or 5,000 square feet, your inspection will probably run you around $750 to $900. For a one-bedroom condo in Northern Virginia, $350 to $450 is common, and for a larger condo, it’s typical to pay around $400 to $500, depending on the square footage.

The range of home inspection costs in Virginia is likely to fall in the range of $350 to $900 depending on the specifics of the property. This is slightly above the national average.

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Home Inspection Fees FAQs

What’s Included In Home Inspection Fees?

Generally speaking, home inspection fees typically cover investigative inspection of the four major things:

  1. Roofing
  2. Structural/foundation
  3. Plumbing
  4. Electrical

Beyond these things, the inspection will usually cover included appliances as well as any other glaring safety hazards the inspector may come across.

Structural / Foundation

While inspecting, the inspector will be checking the structure to ensure there are no water leaks or cases of water intrusion in the home. Leaks can be a serious issue that leads to many problems, so this is incredibly important.

Roof Condition

The roof condition is important for the overall integrity of the home as well, so the inspector will evaluate the roof’s condition and ensure they do not see any leaks.

What’s Included In Home Inspection Fees?

Electrical System

Electrical problems can be a severe safety hazard and they can also be very costly to repair if they are left for too long. For this reason, inspectors typically take extra time and care while inspecting the electrical system to catch any problems early.

Additional Systems

While those four areas listed above are the most important systems that home inspections should include, the complete report needs to cover a lot of ground:

  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Plumping
  • Electrical system
  • Roof condition
  • Attic
  • Insulation safety
  • Walls and ceiling condition
  • Floor condition
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Safety codes
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Other structural components

Some homebuyers may also want to consider adding specialty inspections to their inspection. These inspections are not necessary for every property but can be helpful in special cases:

  • Septic system
  • Well water supply
  • Radon risk
  • Asbestos risk
  • Termite risk
  • Foundation specialist

These specialist additions will add on to the inspection cost, and the cost can vary widely.

Who Usually Pays For Home Inspection Fees?

In most situations, the buyer is the one who will pay for the home inspection fees. The buying process is, however, a negotiation. It’s possible for a buyer to ask the seller to take on the cost of the home inspection as part of their offer, but this wouldn’t be typical.

How Do Condo Inspection Costs Compare?

When thinking about buying a condo in Northern Virginia, you might be wondering how the home inspection costs are going to compare to the usual home inspection costs.

Condo inspection cost can vary a lot depending on the type of condo, the layout of the condo, the size of the condo, and the structure of the building. Additionally, you will need to decide if you want to do a full condo inspection or just an interior inspection.

Interior inspections for a 1,000-square foot condo may cost as little as $300 to $350. Condos that have attached attics or garages will cost more. Contact a local inspector to get a more specific idea of what you can expect.

Is A Home Inspection Required In Virginia?

While most lenders will not require a home inspection for a buyer who is getting a home loan, home inspections are advisable in all cases to ensure you know what you are getting into with a new property.

Inspections Will Save You Money!

Though a home inspection is going to cost you upfront because of home inspection fees, you can expect to save money in the long term. Inspections may help you to identify problem areas to get the sellers to fix the issues before you buy, or you may be able to negotiate a better deal on your dream property thanks to the inspection.

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Nov. 11, 2020

Just Listed! - 11717-C Karbon Hill Ct #708B, Reston, VA 20191

Spacious Ground Floor Condo w/ Stunning Wooded Views! - Now For Sale in Reston, VA!

Reston, VA Condo for Sale - Stunningly Updated 2Bed/1Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this stunning townhome!

**OPEN HOUSE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 1-3PM**

FEATURES & UPGRADES

  • CORNER unit w/ spacious & inviting open floorplan!
  • Gorgeous wide plank LVP flooring throughout!
  • Dramatic wood panel accent wall
  • BEAUTIFULLY updated kitchen featuring:
  • Creamy off-white cabinets
  • Stunning granite counters
  • Stainless steel double door refrigerator & range!
  • On-trend neutral paint
  • Huge primary bedroom w/ large walk-in closet, separate vanity area, & walkout to private patio!
  • Large dual-entry bathroom w/ gorgeously updated shower tile
  • Built-in bookcase
  • Washer/dryer in unit 
  • Expansive private patio w/ serene wooded VIEWS!

COMMUNITY & AMENITIES

  • Gorgeous wooded condo community w/ lots of trees!
  • Amenities include:
  • Tennis courts 
  • Woodland trails
  • Tot lot
  • Access to FANTASTIC Reston Assoc. amenities, including pools, walking trails, tennis courts, lakes & more!
  • Pet-friendly community
  • Assigned parking
Oct. 29, 2020

Under Contract! 2772 Manhattan Pl, Vienna, VA 22180

Stunning End Unit Townhome Steps from Metro! - Now For Sale in Vienna, VA!

Vienna, VA Townhome for Sale - Stunningly Updated 3Bed/2.5Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this stunning townhome!

INTERIOR FEATURES

  • Inviting open layout FLOODED w/ natural light!
  • Gleaming hardwood flooring throughout THREE LEVELS!
  • Cozy gas fireplace
  • Elegant 9 ft ceilings
  • Neutral paint throughout 
  • Crown molding
  • Chair railing
  • Updated light fixtures
  • Recessed wall accent niches 
  • TONS of windows throughout!
  • BRIGHT & ROOMY open kitchen featuring:
  • Granite counters
  • ALL stainless steel appliances
  • Kitchen island
  • Pantry cabinets
  • Desk nook
  • Expansive master bedroom w/ large walk-in closet & en-suite full bathroom
  • Second master w/ walk-in closet & attached dual entry bathroom
  • Large third bedroom w/ walk-in closet
  • Welcoming foyer entry w/ half bath, coat closet, & secure garage access

 

EXTERIOR & OTHER FEATURES

  • Private balcony - perfect for grilling out!
  • Attached TWO CAR GARAGE 
  • Attractive brick front exterior
  • Low HOA fee!

 

LOCATION

  • FANTASTIC location - short walk to Dunn Loring Metro!
  • Walkable to shopping, dining, & entertainment at the Mosaic District!
  • Harris Teeter just steps away; MOM's Organic Market & Target very nearby!
  • Minutes from commuter routes including I-495, I-66 & Lee Hwy!
Oct. 28, 2020

Just Listed! - 1034 Valley Dr, Alexandria, VA 22302

Spacious Top Floor Condo with Wooded Views! - Now For Sale in Alexandria, VA!

Alexandria, VA Condo for Sale - Stunningly Updated 1Bed/1Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this remodeled condo!

**OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, October 31st: 1-3PM**

FEATURES/UPGRADES

  • Spacious open floorplan offering lots of natural light!
  • GLEAMING hardwood floors throughout!
  • Fresh neutral paint throughout!
  • BEAUTIFULLY remodeled kitchen featuring:
  • Fresh white cabinets
  • Stunning granite counters
  • All stainless steel appliances!
  • Huge bedroom w/ large closet
  • TONS of storage space - coat closet & walk-in hall closet!
  • Washer/dryer in unit 
  • NEW light fixtures & updated white blinds
  • Serene wooded VIEWS
  • Private entrance to unit
  • Gorgeous community w/ lots of GREEN SPACE!
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COMMUNITY/AMENITIES

  • TERRIFIC amenities:
  • 3 swimming pools
  • 7 tennis courts
  • 2 volleyball courts
  • Basketball court
  • Exercise facility
  • Woodland trails
  • Tot lots
  • Pet-friendly community
  • FANTASTIC Alexandria City location - near Shirlington, Potomac Yard, Reagan Nat'l Airport & more!
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Oct. 23, 2020

Under Contract! 7598 Lakeside Village Dr #I, Falls Church, VA 22042

Newly Remodeled Condo in Serene Lakefront Community - Now For Sale in Falls Church, VA!

Falls Church, VA Condo for Sale - Stunningly Updated 2Bed/2Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this remodeled condo!

**OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, October 24th, 1PM-3PM**

**OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, October 25th, 1PM-3PM**

FEATURES/UPGRADES

  • Spacious open floorplan offering lots of natural light!
  • Expansive living/dining room w/ cozy wood burning fireplace & walkout to patio
  • GORGEOUSLY remodeled open kitchen featuring:
  • NEW stainless steel appliances
  • NEW quartz counters
  • Fresh white cabinets
  • Custom kitchen island bar w/ quartz counter & built-in wine storage
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • FRESH neutral paint 
  • Custom faux-wood blinds
  • Huge master bedroom w/ en-suite bathroom, separate vanity area, built-in storage, & lots of closet space!
  • In-unit washer/dryer
  • High-end lighting controls throughout
  • Large private wood patio w/ beautiful VIEWS!

COMMUNITY/AMENITIES

  • STUNNING lakefront community
  • Exclusive access to outdoor community pool & lakefront community center
  • Ample parking - 1 owner space & 2 visitor passes
  • Pet-friendly community

LOCATION

  • FANTASTIC LOCATION inside the Beltway!
  • Steps from Providence Rec Center; convenient to Dunn Loring Metro & Mosaic District shopping & dining!
Sept. 24, 2020

Just Listed! - 6574 Weyanoke Ct, Alexandria, VA 22312

Enchanting Cape Cod on Lush Half Acre Lot! - Now For Sale in Alexandria, VA!

Alexandria, VA Home for Sale - 3Bed/2Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this gorgeous home in Alexandria

 

 

MAIN LEVEL FEATURES

  • Charming open layout w/ lots of character!
  • Gleaming hardwood flooring
  • Dramatic exposed wood beams
  • Cozy brick fireplace
  • Remodeled kitchen
  • On-trend gray cabinets
  • Granite counters
  • All stainless steel appliances
  • Stunning stone backsplash
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Fresh neutral paint throughout
  • Spacious family room off living room w/ terra cotta tile flooring
  • Lots of windows bringing in tons of natural light!
  • Sought-after main level bedroom & updated full bathroom
  • Plantation shutters

 

UPPER LEVEL FEATURES

  • Two additional large bedrooms 
  • Spacious, updated full bathroom 
  • Plenty of storage space

 

LOWER LEVEL FEATURES 

  • Bright finished basement
  • Fresh neutral paint throughout
  • Huge rec room w/ recessed lights
  • Large bonus/guest room w/ closet 
  • Finished laundry room w/ concrete double utility sink, separate vanity, & storage closets
  • Lots of extra storage space!
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EXTERIOR & OTHER FEATURES

  • STUNNING private lot! Half acre of lush grounds w/ green grass, mature trees & flowering shrubs - your own private oasis!
  • Expansive deck w/ pergola - an entertainer’s dream!
  • Large, picturesque front yard 
  • Long driveway for plentiful off-street parking

 

LOCATION

  • FANTASTIC location - easy access to freeways, shopping, dining & more!
  • Short walk to Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Technology!
Sept. 24, 2020

Sold Over List! - 6402 The Parkway, Alexandria, VA 22310

Gorgeous One-Level Living in Your Own Private Retreat! - Now For Sale in Alexandria, VA!

Alexandria, VA Home for Sale - 4Bed/3Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this stunning updated home in Alexandria

**OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 26th: 1-3PM**

**OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, September 27th: 1-3PM**

 

INTERIOR FEATURES

  • Open layout w/ lots of natural light
  • Gleaming engineered hardwood flooring throughout
  • Neutral designer paint throughout
  • Recessed lighting 
  • Crown molding
  • Fully remodeled, roomy & inviting kitchen:
  • Rich wood cabinets
  • Granite counters
  • Subway tile backsplash
  • LED under cabinet lighting
  • All stainless steel appliances 
  • Pantry cabinet 
  • Breakfast bar
  • Bay window
  • Walkout to back patio
  • Large laundry room w/ newer GE washer & dryer (2018)
  • Spacious master bedroom w/ large walk-in closet & STUNNINGLY renovated en-suite bathroom:
  • Luxurious, oversized walk-in shower w/ glass enclosure & premium tile
  • Double vanity w/ marble top
  • Stylish tile flooring
  • Updated on-trend fixtures
  • Two additional bedrooms
  • Second updated bathroom
  • Huge in-law suite (w/ 4th bedroom):
  • Updated full bathroom
  • Full kitchen
  • Separate entrance
  • Lots of space - great to use as a vacation rental or guest suite!

 

EXTERIOR & OTHER FEATURES

  • Picture-perfect front porch!
  • Your own private retreat w/ lots of privacy- peaceful & secluded!
  • Professional landscaping & hardscaping throughout the front & back yard
  • Expansive, low maintenance paver & gravel patio area (2018), as well as concrete patio off kitchen
  • Expanded 2-car wide driveway (2020)
  • Newer wood privacy fence (2019)
  • Large 10’x8’ shed (2018)
  • Slate walkway on side of house (2019)
  • Newer roof (2017)
  • Newer Andersen glass storm door (2019)
  • Newer screens throughout exterior windows/doors (2019)
  • Many newer exterior light fixtures
  • Newer sewer line leading to street w/ two new cleanouts (2019)
  • 160 ft French drain leading out to the driveway (2018)
Aug. 27, 2020

Sold Over List! - 7748 Willow Point Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

GORGEOUSLY Remodeled Condo in Peaceful Willow Point!  - Now For Sale in Falls Church, VA!

Falls Church, VA Condo for Sale - Stunningly Updated 1Bed/1Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this remodeled condo!

**OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 30th, 1PM-3PM**

GORGEOUSLY remodeled condo in peaceful Willow Point! Stylish new luxury wide-plank vinyl flooring, fresh neutral paint, and new light fixtures throughout! STUNNINGLY remodeled kitchen w/ updated white cabinets, NEW white quartz counters, NEW premium backsplash, NEW fixtures, and suite of NEW stainless steel Samsung appliances! The spacious open concept layout includes large dining room w/ pass-through window to kitchen, and large living room w/ fireplace , built-in bookcase, and walkout to patio. Roomy bedroom w/ huge walk-in closet, and large bathroom w/ new fixtures, fresh paint, and updated tile and vanity. Laundry closet w/ full size washer/dryer and shelving for extra storage. Huge private patio for relaxing or entertaining outdoors! Willow Point is a beautiful, pet-friendly community filled with lush green space and backing to trees! Amenities include outdoor swimming pool and assigned parking. FANTASTIC location, convenient to Route 50 and I-495, Mosaic District, Providence Rec center, grocery stores, dining, shopping & more!

Aug. 26, 2020

Sold Over List! - 9216 Battle St. Manassas, VA 20110

Historic Colonial Home in the Heart of Old Town Manassas - Now For Sale in Manassas, VA!

Manassas, VA Home for Sale - 3Bed/2.5Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this stunning home in the heart of Old Town Manassas

**OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 30th: 1-3PM**

 

GENERAL FEATURES

  • STUNNING curb appeal! Stately white colonial w/ crisp black shutters & red door elegantly seated on lush lot w/ mature trees & shrubs
  • High ceilings, crown molding, & deep baseboards
  • Plentiful elongated windows pouring in natural light from all directions!
  • Expertly refinished oak & pine flooring
  • Charming period accents throughout!
  • Neutral gray paint throughout

MAIN LEVEL FEATURES

  • Exceptional layout w/ great FLOW!
  • Updated light & bright kitchen
  • White cabinetry
  • Granite counters & island
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Walk-out to covered porch
  • Lots of cabinet/pantry space
  • Foyer entrance w/ coat closet
  • Living room w/ cozy fireplace & ornate mantel
  • Formal dining room w/ chair railing & built-in corner china cabinet, opening to covered porch
  • Study w/ tall wooden built-in bookcases 
  • Main level half bathroom

UPPER LEVEL FEATURES

  • Another light-filled level!
  • Expansive master suite w/ private fireplace & ensuite full bathroom w/ dual vanities, separate tub/toilet area, dual walk-in closets, & full length mirrors
  • Two additional bedrooms w/ lots of closet space!
  • Second full bathroom w/ arched tub wall & built-in linen closet
  • Bedroom-level laundry

EXTERIOR & OTHER FEATURES

  • BREATHTAKING grand covered porch w/ two-story ceiling, dramatic columns, three ceiling medallions (one w/ light, all three wired), low-maintenance composite decking
  • Entertainer's PARADISE! Host guests in formal dining room, or let your party flow through the french doors onto the large porch, or even down to the spacious brick patio below! 
  • Wine cellar below home
  • Long brick driveway offering plentiful off-street parking
  • Private backyard w/ trees & greenery

LOCATION

  • FANTASTIC Historic District location in Old Town Manassas! 
  • Walk to shopping, dining, VRE & more!
Aug. 21, 2020

Under Contract! - 10646 Winfield Loop, Manassas, VA 20109

Light and Bright Townhome with Open floorplan - Now For Sale in Manassas, VA!

Manassas, VA TownHome for Sale - 3Bed/3.5Bath

Call us at 703-462-0700 or email us at Darren@DarrenRobertsonHomes.com to schedule a time to view this charming townhome!

 

**OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, August 29th, 1PM-3PM**

**OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, August 30th, 1PM-3PM**

 

MAIN LEVEL FEATURES

  • Spacious open layout!
  • Light, neutral paint throughout
  • NEW wide plank flooring!
  • Crown molding
  • Beautifully updated kitchen:
  • Wood cabinets
  • Granite counters
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Stylish backsplash
  • Tile flooring
  • Bay window offering lots of natural light!
  • Dining room w/ pass through window to kitchen
  • Large living room opens to deck
  • Main level half bathroom

UPPER LEVEL FEATURES

  • Expansive master suite w/ updated ensuite full bathroom, extra vanity area, & walk-in closet
  • 2 additional bedrooms & full bathroom
  • Fresh neutral paint
  • NEW neutral carpeting throughout 

LOWER LEVEL FEATURES 

  • Finished walk-out basement
  • Recreation room, full bathroom, bonus room w/ large wet bar/mini kitchen area
  • Fresh neutral paint
  • NEW neutral carpeting
  • Walkout to back yard
  • Full size washer & dryer

EXTERIOR & OTHER FEATURES

  • Large deck - perfect for entertaining!
  • Fenced & well landscaped back yard!
  • Lower patio & storage area
  • 2 parking spaces (assigned & permit)

COMMUNITY & AMENITIES

  • Pool, tennis court, gym, basketball, tot lot & more!
  • Convenient to major shopping center, dining, parks & much more!
  • Easy access to Rte 66, 29 & 234