There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer. The length of a home inspection may be determined by several factors:
I’ve inspected many homes in the rain (the first inspection I ever did was during a heavy downpour). For instance, rainy day inspections give you a better feel for how well the roof system is functioning or if there are any drainage or foundation issues. Just be aware that bad weather can add to the time it takes to do a thorough inspection.
A less-experienced inspector may take longer because they are still learning and want to get it right. An inspector who is more thorough would obviously take longer than a “hit and run” inspector who is in and out in a hurry (true story – I had a recent client tell me he once had a home inspection where the inspector was done in just over an hour!).
As a general guideline, we allow at least 3 hours for our inspections and our clients and realtors understand and appreciate that.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question “how long will my home inspection take?” The key is to hire an inspector who can provide a high-quality, thorough inspection in a reasonable amount of time.
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