How Long Should a Home Inspection Take?

One question we often get in regards to our potentially doing a home inspection for a home buyer is this, “How long does it take to inspect the house?”. It varies on the size of the home of course but there is a common range of time needed.

I have been a home inspector in Central Ohio for years. Habitation Investigation was formed in 2002. Ever since then I occasionally hear of a an inspector that spent only 45 minutes at a home and was done. I personally can not see how that is possible. This type of story is sometimes told to me by the seller of the home. Most of the time the seller is not present at the home inspection except for the very beginning sometimes. The sellers have also told me that they wished they had an inspector that spent more time and did a more thorough job of inspecting when they bought the house.

I hear of the stories of things missed and and how the report was just a few sheets of paper with no photos. When you are looking for a home inspector for your next home purchase be sure to ask the inspector how long does the inspection at the property take. It should take 2.0 to 3 hours to do a thorough home inspection. Inspectors will take notes during the inspection. The home inspectors at Habitation Investigation use tablets to take notes, photos and to type in any concerns and observations.

Some inspectors will offer the report immediately others will have it completed in a day or so. We have the report done the same evening as the inspection or sooner. We still hear of inspectors not having reports delivered 2 to 3 days after the inspection. Taking 2-3 days is not acceptable. There are time limits that need to be met when buying a home and waiting days for a report is risky.

Home inspection reports created with some form of software with images makes a more detailed report that is easier to read. Hand written report can be illegible and not very descriptive. Computer reports which have pictures also take some extra time to create. Your home inspector should take 2.0 to 3 hours on site and then some time to proofread and finish the report. The report should be delivered the same day as the inspection.

Jim Troth is a full time home inspector in Ohio and the former Education Coordinator for InterNachi Ohio. He has grown his home inspection business consistently and now has a multi-inspector company. He attributes the growth to excellent customer service and referrals from satisfied clients. He provides home inspections in the Columbus, Hilliard, Powell, Pickerington, Pataskala, New Albany, Delaware, Gahanna, Westerville, Galloway, Grove City, Worthington, Dublin, Marysville and other cities surrounding Columbus, Ohio. His home inspection company is Habitation Investigation LLC.