How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?

A typical home inspection, based on a 2,000 square foot home, should take around 2-3 hours. If your home is larger or smaller than 2,000 SF, that estimate may go up or down.

It will cost you anywhere from $400-$1000, depending on where you live and the experience of the home inspector.

A home inspector delves deep into the home and its condition, and alerts the buyer to any potential concerns. A home inspection increases the confidence of the buyer, and may relieve the anxiety of the seller in the event of a future legal action for an undisclosed problem with the home.

Regulations and requirements vary by state regarding what exactly is included in a home inspection. For example, California requires an inspection of energy efficiency as part of the home inspection.

Can buyers attend the inspection?

Yes. In most cases you can and it would be to your benefit! It gives you one more chance to walk around the home and really spend time looking at all the details. Furthermore, you can ask the inspector to show you all of the home’s systems and see how they work.

If you’d like to bring a family member, contractor, or a knowledgable friend or two along with you, that is also allowed. After all, you are making an important and very expensive decision! You should enlist all the help you need.

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