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Serving Berks County, Lehigh County, Reading, Allentown, and Surrounding Areas
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Standard Home Inspection (Single Family Dwelling):

Up to 1500 sq. ft. ------------------------- $350
1501 to 2000 sq. ft. ---------------------- $375
2001 to 2500 sq. ft. ---------------------- $400
2501 to 3000 sq. ft. ---------------------- $425
3001 to 3500 sq. ft. ---------------------- $450
3501 to 4000 sq. ft. ---------------------- $475
4001 to 4500 sq. ft. ---------------------- $500
Over 4500 sq. ft. --------------- Call for quote

Age 100 years or older: additional $25

Limit one garage (up to 3 cars)

Multi-Unit Dwellings (Apartments):
Square foot prices as above, plus $50 per unit over one unit. Example: 3 unit, 3020 sq. ft. would be $450 plus $100 = $550

Commercial Inspections:
Call for quote, Minimum of $400

For inspections outside of Berks and Lehigh Counties add $50.00 mileage fee

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Listed Prices are effective April 1, 2015



The home inspection will be conducted according to the standards established by ASHI , the American Society of Home Inspectors. The inspection is a non-invasive, visual inspection of the major systems of the home.

Our standard home inspection report consists of approximately 300 individual items covering 13 primary areas of the building. Some of the major components are HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing, as well as Interior and Exterior conditions.

We strongly encourage our cleints to attend the home inspection. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the inspector and hopefully learn a few things in the process. When we are finished, you will have a much better idea about what you are buying.

Please note that our inspectors are well trained and you are paying for the inspector to give you his professional opinion of the property as it exists on the date of the inspection. We do not provide a warranty or guarantee on the property. 

Pricing

The Scope of the Inspection

Wood Destroying Insect       $100 or $90.00 if with a home inspection
Inspecting for wood destroying insects is common when making real estate transactions. The inspection evaluates the presence of wood destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood destroying beetles, and normally lasts about 20 to 45 minutes. It is a visual inspection. Our inspectors are certified by the PA Department of Agriculture and are approved to do FHA/VA Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Reports. Company Business License Number BU1197.
Radon Gas Test       $120.00 or $100.00 if done with a complete inspection
Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas that is a result of the radioactive decay of radium in the soil. According to the EPA, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is present in about 1 of every 15 homes in the U.S. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon. The test offered by Berks Realty Services involves the placement of two (E-perms) electret ion chambers in the home for 2-3 days. It is required that the windows of the home be closed 12 hours prior to and during the testing period. We analyze the results of the test, in our lab, the same day the equipment is picked up. It is recommended that remediation steps be taken if the result of the test is a radon reading above or equal to 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).
Radon Mitigation       
Radon mitigation systems are available through our sister company Gold Star Radon . Please call them at 610-683-0820 for free quotes.
Water Test       $90.00 Basic coliform/bacteria
                            $150.00 FHA/VA Scan
Berks Realty Services collects water samples for coliform and FHA (Federal Housing Authority) tests. The collection process takes about 10 minutes after which the samples are tested by a separate laboratory. The FHA/VA Scan includes tests for lead, nitrate, nitrite, nitrate/nitrite, total coliform, and fecal coliform. Other water tests than the FHA and coliform are available upon request.
Well Flow Test       $90.00
This inspection involves inspecting the visible parts of the well system, measuring the water pressure, and the water flow rate for the property. It is not a well draw-down test.
Structural Inspection      $325.00
This inspection is a sub-set of a complete home inspection. It is done according to the standards written by ASHI. However, during this inspection only a specific problem area is evaluated. It is not a complete structural evaluation of the entire home. It is a visual, non-invasive inspection done by a civil/structural engineer. Typical structural inspections are done to evaluate damage done by wood destroying insects, cracks in walls and foundations, or cracks in structural members.
Single Item Inspection        $150.00
(i.e. roof, electrical, plumbing, etc.) If only part of the complete home inspection is desired, that part will be done according to the ASHI Standards.
Re-Inspections      $150.00 per visit
Sometimes we are asked to return to a property to re-inspect something that was not ready for inspection during the first visit. For example, if the gas was not on during the first visit, a second visit may be requested to be sure the furnace runs properly.