How Long Will the Inspection Take?
Inspections typically take 3 to 5 hours, however they can take more or less depending on:
The Size of the Home
- The larger the home – the longer the inspection will take.
- Smaller homes and condos will take less time.
The Age of the Home
- Older homes typically have different wiring or piping systems, which can be more time consuming to inspect.
- Older homes also have to be inspected to look for signs of wear and tear over the years.
- Newer homes are inspected just as much, but may take less time because of updated technology and engineering aspects that will allow for easier access to parts of the home.
- Additional services such as radon or mold testing will also increase the time that it takes to inspect a home.
- These practices are a good idea to have done during your home inspection, to assure that your future home is safe for you to live in.
The Cost is Less than the Gain
Getting a home inspection may be an added expense that is tempting to brush off when purchasing a home, but a home inspection is an important part of the home-buying process.
Skipping a home inspection is an almost guaranteed way to buy a home with a lot of problems. The home inspection will cost you a couple hundred dollars, but not getting one can cost you thousands in repairs in the future.
- Home inspectors are trained professionals, and are able to notice small defects that are invisible to those who are not used to looking for issues.
- If the inspector finds any issues with the home, you can also use these damage points as leverage for negotiation in the price of the home, which can be a big advantage.
In addition, a home inspection is meant to give you – as the buyer – peace of mind. Once you get the home inspection report back, you can move forward with the purchase knowing that you and your family will be living in a safe home for many years to come.