You’ve found a home and your offer has been approved. Now is the time to begin the process of closing the transaction, which involves obtaining a property inspection. You may be wondering how long the house inspection and report delivery will take because inspection contingency periods are normally 7-10 days. Because this varies based on several circumstances, we’ve outlined what to expect from a house inspection below:


What factors influence the length of a house inspection?

Buyers, sellers, and brokers may be perplexed as to why inspection durations differ when respectable suppliers adhere to the same standards and procedures. The length of time for a home inspection is determined by several factors. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. We’ll look at some of the aspects that influence how long it takes to inspect a house. We’ll look at the following topics in this article:

  • House size: Most homes in our neighborhood are between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet in area. If the home is new and in good shape, the inspection will take about 2-3 hours on-site, plus time to complete the inspection report. Adding 30 minutes to the expected time for each additional 500 square feet of living area is a good rule of thumb.
  • Weather: The time it takes to conduct a thorough house inspection will be affected by the weather conditions on the day of the investigation. If it’s raining or snowing, the inspector’s ability to evaluate exterior systems like the roof, siding, doors, and windows may be jeopardized depending on the amount of rain or snowfall. The inspector may need to be rescheduled if the weather is bad enough.
  • Age of the house: The home’s age is most likely the most crucial element in determining how long the inspection will take. Because newer homes have fewer concerns than older ones, there are fewer items to report. Older homes have particular difficulties to inspect, due to which the home inspection will take longer. Older electrical wiring, plumbing, and additions/repairs performed throughout the years could all be contributing factors.
  • The number of appliances in the house: Small to medium-sized homes often have one water heater, one electrical panel, and so on. Multiple HVAC systems, electrical panels, water heaters, and other systems may need to be inspected in larger homes. The time it takes to investigate these additional items will be added to the overall inspection duration.
  • Report distribution: Our digital home inspection reports have a user-friendly interface with high-resolution images and video, allowing us to finish the majority, if not all, of the inspection report while on-site. Your inspection report will be accessible within 24 hours, and in many cases, the same day as the inspection.
  • House condition: A house in unique circumstances requires less documentation. As a result, it may be examined in less time. A home with severe flaws will take much longer to sell.
  • Home inspector: The number of persons present during the inspection can extend the time it takes to complete. Contractors, cleaning workers, and movers are occasionally present at the investigation, which isn’t ideal. Working near one another takes time.


As you can see, numerous elements influence the length of a house inspection. The mentioned factors will give you a decent indication of what to expect during your home inspection. Visit RSH Engineering today for high-quality home inspection services!

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