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Home inspectors in Washington make an average annual income of $65,935. The earning typically ranges between $48,934 and $74,209. Top earning Washington home inspectors make over $86,039. (*)
Washington home inspector income depends on several factors such as experience, geographical location, size of the property, the inspection type, and the number of inspections that can be completed.
Home inspectors in Washington who have been in the business for several years can expect to earn more than those just starting out. Inspectors who work in areas with a high real estate transactional volume can also expect to make more than those who work in other parts of the state.
(*) source: ZipRecruiter (Sept 20, 2022)
Table of Contents
- Income Distribution of Home Inspectors in Washington
- How much do home inspectors make per inspection in Washington?
- Different data sources report different Washington Home Inspectors Income figures
- Tips to Increase Your Income as a Home Inspector in Washington
- How do salaried home inspectors get compensated? and what about self-employed?
- Other Helpful Resources:
Income Distribution of Home Inspectors in Washington
How much do home inspectors make per inspection in Washington?
Home inspectors typically charge per inspection, and the inspection fees are generally paid at the time of the inspection. But some home inspection companies may require a deposit to be paid upfront.
According to ProMatcher, the average fee of a home inspection in Washington is $310.08 and it typically ranges between $258.40 – $361.75. This is for a house with 2,000 square feet. Typically speaking, the greater the subject property, the higher the fee.
However, as I checked with numerous home inspection companies in Washington, their home inspection fees are significant higher than $310.08.
|Home Inspection Company in Washington||Home Inspection Fee for a 2,000 square feet house|
|Details Home Inspections LLC||$525|
|Interstate Inspection Services||$400|
|NorthBank Home Inspections||$450|
Besides the size of the property, its age could also be a pricing factor. Typically speaking, the home inspection fee would be more expensive for older houses. Also, if extra testing is needed (i.e., pool and spa, termite inspection), there will be extra charges.
But some home inspector companies may offer discounts when multiple inspection services are ordered at the same time.
Different data sources report different Washington Home Inspectors Income figures
|Average annual income of home inspectors in Washington||$65,935||$57,337||$75,827|
Most of the data in this article are obtained from different sources such as ZipRecruiter, Salary.com and Indeed. As you can see, there is quite a discrepancy among various sources.
Perhaps, it really depends on the home inspectors in the sample. After all, their experience in the home inspection field, geographic location and the real estate niche they specialize in could be different from one another.
But to confirm the validity of the figures, I also reviewed figures from other different sites (i.e. glassdoor, indeed, LinkedIn, SimplyHired, Google). Below is one I found, which should give you a clearer idea of home inspectors’ income in the current market.
|Job Title||Income Range||Employer||Location|
|Home Inspector||$350 – $1,000 a day||A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections||Bellingham|
|Residential Home Inspector (State License Required)||$40,000 to $55,000 a year||Boggs Inspections Services||Tacoma|
Tips to Increase Your Income as a Home Inspector in Washington
- Bring on more business through referral partners with real estate agents. You may connect with them by attending local events or workshops put on by real estate offices, or join the Washington REALTORS.
- Focus on areas with large real estate transaction volume.
- Rather than reinventing the wheels for each case, have a systematic and standardized approach throughout the entire business process. This includes how you take on orders, a checklist for inspection, and a template for generating a home inspection report.
- Invest in good home inspection software that can streamline the business process. It should automate tasks such as prefilling clients’ info into the report (i.e., name and address), scheduling appointments, generating an invoice, and an option to send out a standardized email with the inspection report.
How do salaried home inspectors get compensated? and what about self-employed?
As a salaried home inspector, you could enjoy a stable salary. In addition to the base pay, I have seen companies offering 401k, health and dental insurance to their employee. But as you can imagine, you need to continue to demonstrate your productivity by completing the required volume of inspections.
On the other hand, if you run your own home inspection business, you are able to set your own work schedule and run the business the way you want. Your income is going to be dictated by the number of inspections you are able to complete. In other words, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.
Rather than just inspecting homes, you also need to prospect for new businesses, make connections with referral partners and handle business administrative duties.
Although you may keep the entire inspection fee as a home inspection company, there are also different business expenses you need to account for – for example, advertising& marketing, surety bond, insurance, E&O, home inspecting equipment, business software, accounting and legal fees.
But as your business expands, you may be able to take on other home inspectors and make it a scalable business.
There are pros and cons to both salaried and self-employed positions, so it really depends on what is important to you and what you want to achieve.
Other Helpful Resources:
- How to Become a Home Inspector in Washington? (Complete License Guide)
- What it is like to be a Home Inspector? (Career talk with Ford Shadwell, a licensed home inspector)
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- ZipRecruiter – Home Inspector Washington (source)
- Salary.com- Home Inspector Salary in Washington (source)
- Indeed – Home inspector salary in Washington (source)
- RedFin – Washington Housing Market (source)
- Promatcher – Washington Home Inspection Costs & Prices (source)
- Details Home Inspections (source)
- Interstate Inspection Services (source)
- NorthBank Home Inspection (source)