How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

by | Jan 1, 2023

When it comes to purchasing a home in Calgary, a home inspection is a crucial step that can help you make an informed decision. A professional home inspector can identify potential issues and ensure that the property is safe and sound. However, many homeowners and buyers are often left wondering about the cost of a home inspection in Calgary. Investing in a home often represents a significant portion of a person’s life savings, with many spending 25–30 years to own a property. In Calgary’s current market, home purchases frequently exceed half a million dollars. The cost of a home inspection, averaging around $500, is a minor expense compared to the overall investment, equating to just 0.001% of the home’s price—far less than what you’d paid for mutual fund management on the same investment. 

Skipping a home inspection can lead to severe consequences. Most purchasers spend only 15–30 minutes viewing a home, and some out-of-town investors buy properties sight unseen. This leaves them unaware of potential issues, required maintenance, or preventative measures needed to protect their investment over the next 25–30 years.

Home inspections are crucial for uncovering hidden problems and ensuring that buyers are fully informed about the condition of the property they are purchasing. In Calgary, choosing a qualified and experienced home inspector can provide peace of mind and protect your substantial investment.

Factors Affecting the Cost of a Home Inspection in Calgary

The cost of a home inspection can be influenced by several factors, including:

    Size of the Home:

    The size of the house significantly impacts the cost of a home inspection. Larger homes require more time and effort to inspect thoroughly, leading to higher overall inspection costs. For instance, our rate for inspecting a single detached home up to 2000 square feet is $495. However, with every additional 500 square feet we add both an additional $70 and more time to the inspection.

    Age of the House:

    Older homes typically have more maintenance issues and outdated systems. Common problems found in older homes include outdated electrical systems, plumbing issues, and structural wear. These factors can increase the inspection cost due to the need for a more detailed examination.

    Type of Home:

    The type of house can also affect the inspection cost. Our rates for reference, are $340 for inspecting a condominium, while a townhome or duplex inspection costs $465. Single-detached homes, due to their larger size and complexity, generally have higher inspection costs.


    The location of the house influences the inspection cost. Homes in remote or hard-to-reach areas may incur higher fees due to travel time and accessibility issues. Urban settings might have different considerations compared to rural areas. We’re happy to extend our services to the greater Calgary areas of Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane and Okotoks at no extra charge.

    Additional Services:

    Additional services, such as radon testing, mold testing, and sewer scope inspections, can increase the cost. These services are helpful for a thorough assessment of the property, even though The Calgary Home Inspector Corp. does not directly offer them. Typically, services such as these are charged separately. They are not included in the standard inspection fee.

    A cover photo of a townhomes upper floor for a blog addressing the cost of home inspections in Calgary.
    Photos from a Condo Inspection; which is typically carries a less expensive inspection fee
    We Offer New Construction Home Inspections from the Greater Calgary Area; this home is located in Chestermere

    Our Inspection Pricing Structure

    Updated, 2024:

    Understanding the pricing structure for home inspections can help you budget effectively. Below are the detailed rates offered by The Calgary Home Inspector Corp.:

    Standard Home Inspection Costs

    • Condos: $340, 2 hour inspection time.
    • Townhomes & Duplexes: $465, 3 hour inspection time.
    • Single Detached Homes: $495 (up to 2000 square feet), 3 hour inspection time.
      • Homes larger than 2000 square feet, an additional $70 is charged per 500 square foot increment. For example:
        • 2000-2500 sq. ft.: $565, 3.5 hour inspection time.
        • 2500-3000 sq. ft.: $635, 4 hour inspection time.

    Each increment adds 30 minutes to the expected inspection time to accommodate additional areas and amenities, such as extra kitchens, wet bars, or secondary furnaces and water heaters.

    Specialty Inspections

    • 11 Month Warranty Inspections: $465
      • Applies to townhomes, duplexes, and single-family homes, as these newer builds usually have fewer issues.

    New Construction:

    • Pre-Drywall: $340
    • Pre-Possession: $465 for townhomes/duplexes, $495 for single detached homes

    Our pricing is listed in our booking portal here, or you can check out our home inspection quote feature.

    Additional Notes

    These are the fixed offerings and rates, but we are happy to work with our clients to tailor our inspection services. This includes adding additional services or having a greater presence during new construction builds to ensure comprehensive oversight.

    What is the Average Cost of a Home Inspection in Calgary?

    Given the aforementioned, the cost of a home inspection in Calgary typically ranges from $300 to $700, depending on the size, age, type, and location of the home as well as additional services. To provide a comparative analysis, let’s look at home inspection costs in other regions, such as Ontario.

    Home Inspection Costs in Ontario

    In Ontario, the cost of a home inspection generally falls between $300 and $600, depending on the size and condition of the property. Where homes under 1,000 square feet, costs range from $300 to $400. As we scale up, homes between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet cost approximately $400 to $500. For larger homes (2,000 to 3,000 square feet), the inspection can cost between $500 and $600. When comparing these costs, it’s essential to note that both Calgary and Ontario have similar price ranges for home inspections.

    Sources: Justo & Homecore Inspections.

    Not every inspector will go up on a roof such as this one; those who do add value to the home inspection.
    Inspecting Interior Elements such as windows adds tremendous value to a home inspection.
    An attic inspection uncovering defects; well worth the cost of a home inspection.

    Choosing the Right Home Inspector in Calgary

    Selecting the right home inspector is crucial for ensuring a thorough and accurate evaluation of your property. Here are key factors to consider:

    Certifications and Licenses

    Ensure your home inspector holds relevant certifications and licenses. At The Calgary Home Inspector Corp, our inspectors are certified by CAHPI (NCH), InterNACHI (CPI), and are boast a background as Architectural Technologists. We are also fully bonded and insured, licensed to operate throughout Alberta.


    Experience is vital in a home inspector. Our lead inspector has over 10 years of experience designing and overseeing construction for residential homes through an architectural practice, and two years specifically in the home inspection industry.

    Client Testimonials and Reviews

    Reviews and testimonials provide insight into an inspector’s reliability and thoroughness. Checking online reviews can help gauge past clients’ satisfaction and the inspector’s performance.

    Sample Reports

    Reviewing a sample home inspection report can give you an idea of the inspector’s thoroughness and attention to detail. A comprehensive report should include detailed findings, recommendations, and photographs.

    In addition to qualifications and experience, transparency and communication skills are crucial. Quality inspectors take the time to answer any questions you may have, and provide a detailed report highlighting their findings from the inspection.

    New Home Mechanical System; Free and Clear of Clutter and easily accessible to a home inspector
    New Construction Kitchen provided uninhibited access for a home inspection

    The Inspection Process

     Preparation Tips for Homeowners

    To ensure a smooth and efficient inspection process, here are a few tips that might help prepare the property:

    • Accessibility: Ensure all areas of the house are accessible, including the attic, basement, and any utility rooms.
    • Utilities Connected: Confirm that all utilities (electricity, water, gas) are turned on so that all systems and appliances can be thoroughly checked.
    • Clear Workspaces: Clear areas around major systems (like the furnace, water heater, and main electrical panel).
    • Pets Secured: Make arrangements to keep pets secure and out of the way during the inspection.
    • Important Documents Available: Have any home repair or maintenance records available for review.

    The goal of the inspection is to provide a comprehensive and fair assessment of the property’s condition. Both the seller and the potential buyer should respect the importance of this process.

     What to Expect During the Inspection

     During the inspection, you can expect a thorough examination of the property, covering all major systems from foundation to roof. A typical inspection takes about 3 hours, depending on the property’s size and condition. It is highly recommended for clients to attend the inspection as it is an excellent opportunity to learn about the home, ask questions, and gain insights on maintenance.

     Post-Inspection Steps

    After the inspection, clients will receive a detailed report, usually within 48 hours, including findings, recommendations, and photographs. If you need the report urgently, please inform the inspector, and efforts will be made to accommodate your timeline. The report serves as a resource for understanding the current state of the home and planning for any necessary repairs or maintenance.

    Consider Value over the cost of a home inspection

    Investing in a home inspection is a minor expense compared to the overall cost of purchasing a home, but it provides significant value by identifying potential issues early on. By budgeting for a thorough home inspection and considering the cost of additional services, home buyers can make informed decisions and avoid costly surprises in the future.

    Additional Resources

    When selecting a home inspector, it’s essential to verify their credentials and read the inspection report thoroughly. Here are some valuable resources:

    • Inspector Licensing: To check if an inspector is licensed in Alberta, visit Service Alberta Business License Check. Under the license type field, select home inspector or home inspection business and include your area to verify their information.
    • Reading Your Inspection Report: For more detailed guidance on reading your home inspection report, please visit our How to Read Your Home Inspection Report page.

    For any inquiries or to schedule an inspection, feel free to email us at, text 825-863-2372, or book a time slot online.


    Home Inspection Costs for Townhouses such as these is available when you make a booking.