Building Inspection: How much does it cost?

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The Building Inspection does not have prices established by the regulations. For this reason, qualified professionals have the freedom to mark the rates when carrying out this type of work. In any case, it is important to know that the cost of the ITE  will depend on the type of property and, of course, on its dimensions and characteristics. Its state of conservation or its age can also influence.

The cost of carrying out a building inspection in a single-family home usually starts at $ 150-200: in general, it is not mandatory to carry out building inspection in this type of buildings, although some municipalities do require it.

In the case of community buildings or blocks of flats, the price can be around $ 50 per home. For a small building, the cost of the ITE can be from  $ 350. If it is a question of big buildings, of from 50 houses, the price per house can go down.  Thus, in a large building, the building inspection can cost up to $ 900-1,000.

  • Some companies add an extra cost for the trip and for the presentation of the report at the corresponding Town Hall : these services can cost an additional $ 50-100 .
  • If the building inspection collegiate visa is requested , the price may be another $ 100-200. The visa is voluntary, and it accredits that the technician who signs the ITE is registered and authorized for this type of work.

It is always advisable to request quotes from several specialized companies and compare the prices and services included.

Why is the Technical Building Inspection (ITE) necessary and what are its advantages?

  • More expensive repairs are prevented if something is wrong. Upon passing the ITE, the entire condition of the building is thoroughly examined. In this way, small deficiencies can be detected whose repair is simpler and cheaper than if time passes and they are not noticed until they have caused serious damage. Damage that can affect structural elements of the building and whose repair can be really expensive.
  • Improves the overall efficiency of the building. The Technical Inspection of Buildings for more than 50 years includes an important section: energy efficiency in general. In this way, it is evaluated if the building has insulation problems or energy losses due to some factor. Thanks to this, corrective measures can be introduced to avoid this unnecessary waste of energy. An aspect that will save on consumption and, of course, on bills. In addition, the owner will obtain the Energy Efficiency Certificate of his property, established in Royal Decree 235/2013 Basic Procedure for the Energy Certification of existing buildings. An essential document, for example, to request certain grants or subsidies.
  • Revalue homes and offices. Upon passing the ITE, the value of the home, building, office, or premises is revalued. There is an official certificate that justifies that the state of the property is in habitability conditions, that it is safe, and that it complies with the regulations. In this way, the new tenant (for purchase or rent), will have the certainty that they will not have to face repairs or spills to deal with them for a while. Nor should we forget the tranquility of living in a safe space.
  • Improve security. The main reason why a building has to pass the ITE is for security. Any construction, due to the passage of time, poor maintenance, or the poor quality of the materials used, can suffer serious deterioration. The Technical Building Inspection seeks, precisely, to detect these situations to avoid possible risks to the stability and habitability of the building and, therefore, to its tenants and owners. By undergoing this inspection, the safety of all neighbors is improved. Passing the Technical Inspection of Buildings for more than 50 years is, therefore, a guarantee.

Grants can be accessed

Having passed the ITE is an essential requirement for administrations to be able to offer certain subsidies to carry out improvement and conditioning works in buildings, for example, to improve their accessibility conditions or their thermal insulation. It must also be taken into account that aid can be requested to undertake reform work when the ITE report has been negative and it is essential to carry out works in order to pass the inspection.