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how long do inspections take?

so we are about to buy our first house...and the inspection is wed long do they usually take? and what are some things i should look for myself or ask the inspector about? i am all new to this and have no idea about anything house wise. the wait is killing me lol..

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:01 AM on Jun. 22, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • The inspection took about an hour for our small house and a couple of days to get the written report.


    Answer by Gailll at 3:36 AM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Our inspection took over 2 hours, but we have a 2 story house with crawl space and two A/C units. Our 1st house took about an hour because it was a smaller house. Both reports took about a week to get back to our Realtor.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 8:56 AM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Ours took a few hours. They took digital pictures of trouble areas and put it in a binder. We asked our inspector if the house is good or bad. He was not allowed to answer that question and we are inexperienced.. So next time, Im going to be clever lol and ask "On a scale from 1 to 10, how do you rate the house in this neighborhood?"

    You should ask about foundation problems, AC/Furnace units, water damage, and how well attached the roof is. These are extremely expensive items to fix. Most other problems are cosmetic and you can negotiate and ask a lower price for the house.

    GL. Buying a home is exciting!

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 12:27 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • At least three hours, mostly because my spouse wouldn't leave the poor man alone (he even climbed up on the roof with him)

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:04 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • Most inspectors actually prefer to work alone because where they go isn't always safe for the home buyer AND because someone else slows them down. The inspector can never tell you not to buy a house nor tell you if it is good or bad or how it compares with the neighborhood because they may or may not have inspected the other homes in the area. They can only tell you in their report what isn't up to "par", what needs repairing and what doesn't.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 4:12 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

  • awesome...thank you so much for the help ladies....i am excited but worried it might have some problems we just arent seeing on the outside. its a little bit older home and is only one floor so that should save some time. thanks again!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on Jun. 22, 2010

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