Inspection Services in Costa Rica

  • Property, Mold  and Termite Inspections
  • Residential & Commercial 
  • Infrared Inspections
  • Serving All of  Costa Rica


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Sample Inspection Report

This is what a typical home inspection report looks like.

SampleReport (pdf)


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How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?


Prices vary by type of property, the size of the property, the type of service requested and distance traveled. Call or email to get an accurate price quote.

Mold in Your Home?


Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric and upholstery. 

Testimonials From our Google Listing


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 My husband and I used Mike to inspect our condo in Playa Flamingo. He found a roof leak into our unit as our unit is the top floor. His infrared camera is quite the tool to have! The seller had painted over the stain but you could smell a foul odor in the master bedroom which Mike stated was mold. The camera showed us where the leak was and my attorney contact the HOA and we got the leak fixed, drywall replaced and were able to close.

Thanks PVHI

-Joni Radaszewski

My husband and I recently purchased a property in Playa Flamingo. Mike came out and inspected our condo. With his infrared camera he was able to find a leak that wasn't visible to the naked eye.

It tuned out the bathroom ceiling was wet and moldy and had been recently repainted by the seller in an attempt to hide the mold and stain. The unit above had a bathroom tub that was leaking down onto the ceiling and rather than fixing it the seller opted for paint.

Our agent was able to speak with the listing agent and the leaky tub got fixed and the seller agreed to replace the ceiling.

We are closing just after Thanksgiving and couldn't be happier. Thanks Mike :-)

-Alexandra Burrell 

Okay Mike. I told you I was going to write after after we closed and were in the property for a month so here it goes.

My wife and were referred to Pura Vida Home Inspections by our current neighbors in Reserva Conchal as Mike did their home inspection recently. Mike was very detailed and took ample time to explain he process before we started and kept us informed over the two hours he took to inspect our villa.

The pictures some of the pictures posted are actually from our unit's electrical service panel. It turned out the panel was overheating and Mike found the issue with his infrared thermal camera.

We got he issue addressed by a local electrician and we closed on the property with all issues resolved.  His report was very detailed and even the attorney said that nobody down here really does reports like Mike at Pura Vida.

-Justin Dersingham


Mike inspected a home in Manuel Antonio for me and my wife. He came on short notice and drove from Tamarindo to accommodate our needs.

Mike found out our roof was bad and there were termites in the attic area due to an adjacent tree.

Between his reporting and my attorney we were able to get the items addressed prior to closing.

Mike saved us close to $12,000.

Jose Reyes



What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s central air conditioning system;  plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; structural components.The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.

Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age.

Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.

Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.

Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.



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