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Are you about to purchase a home and need to schedule a home inspection? You may have a few questions you’d like answers to beforehand.  A couple of questions you might have are: How long does it take to have the home inspection performed? And should you be present for it?

To answer the first question, the length of time it takes to complete a thorough home inspection will depend on a variety of factors such as the size of the home, how old it is, where its located and whether other areas like outbuildings etc. need to be looked at also.  In general, though, you ought to expect the home inspection to take roughly three hours.  Be wary of anyone who takes significantly less time to do it, as it may not be as thorough as it needs to be.

Should you be there for the home inspection?

It is always a good idea for you to be there for the inspection. There are a few reasons for this, one is that as you go through the home with the inspector, you will be getting to know a lot about the house you are wanting to buy.  The home inspector will point out areas of concern or any defects with the property.  That way, instead of just reading the findings in a report, you will have seen everything with your own eyes.  

You will also get to know important features of the home such as heating, cooling and plumbing systems etc.  It’s sensible to know as much about the property you are purchasing as you can.

A good home inspector will be happy for you to be there during the home inspection, but if they are not, this is possibly a caution against using them.  If you would like to schedule a home inspection or have any other question, please don’t hesitate to contact us.