How Long does a Home Inspection take?

April 7, 2021

You may be looking into selling your home or perhaps on the market to purchase a home. This being said, it is important to make sure that you have taken the necessary steps and precautions with your home. Having a home inspector helps in taking the guesswork out of if the home is up to par to be on the market. A home is an investment, make sure that all is in order before putting it on the market and before purchasing a new home. A home inspector can assist with that. You may be wondering what home inspectors do and how long it may take them to accomplish their tasks. Another question you may have is what to look for in a home inspector. Although the official home inspection itself may not take very long, there is still a process that you need to go through prior to the home inspection. Continue reading for a look at what home inspectors do and the approximate timelines!

Choosing Your Home Inspector

It is important to select a qualified home inspector. A qualified home inspector may have an Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI) certificate. Home inspectors should possess knowledge regarding residential structures as well as some knowledge surrounding real estate. Something to consider when seeking a home inspector is their experience, their reviews and if they have insurance. You may need insurance to protect yourself in the event the inspector misses something. Another method to consider is asking friends or family to refer a home inspector for you.

When Should I get the Home Inspected?

As a buyer, it is recommended to have the home inspected as soon as possible. Try to select a home inspector prior to creating and offer and contract so that the inspector is available for you. Often the home inspection happens 5 – 14 days following an accepted selling and buying contract.

How long does the inspection take?

There are various factors that can influence the duration of the inspection. Depending on the expertise and knowledge of the inspector, the duration may vary. However, on average an inspection can be completed within 2 or 3 hours. Another factor is the size and the age of the home. Keep in mind that if the home is larger than average, this process can take longer. Additionally, an older home may have more damage, outdated plumbing and electric systems. The inspector needs to assess electric systems, damages and code violations. Be sure to allow them time to proceed and inspect thoroughly.

Do I Need to Attend the Inspection?

It is recommended to attend the inspection. In order to gain a better understanding of the house you are looking to purchase; it would be wise to attend the inspection. Attending the inspection during daylight hours is also recommended, in order to get a better sense of the house and its positive and/or negative components. Also, when attending the inspection, you can gain additional insight by speaking with the inspector and asking any questions you may have. It’s best that you completely understand the condition of the home you are investing money your into.

What should I Look for in a Home Inspection?

In addition to searching for a professional and knowledgeable inspector, you should also look into what services they offer. Your home inspector should be inspecting the following:
Plumbing, electrical, structure, foundation, basement, roof, heating, cooling, ventilation, drainage, windows, kitchen, bathrooms, gutters, driveways, decks, doors, walls, ceilings and more!
There is a lot of ground to cover during the inspection and you want to ensure that you are covering your bases. Following the inspection, some inspectors may provide a checklist with little to no additional information. When you and the inspector are finished with the home inspection, ask them to provide both oral and written report on the home. This way you can have a conversation with the inspector and also have a written piece to turn back to if needed.

Knowing where to start with home buying, selling and inspection can be difficult to wrap your head around. When working with Elviano we aid in managing your property by performing regular inspections. This will help in maintaining the value of your home over time. Contact the professionals at Elviano for support in planning, building and assessing your home. Here at Elviano we are a team of expert and professional architects and designers. We can support you in building your dream home or assessing and renovating your current home. We are a full-service contracting business serving the Greater Toronto Area since 2006. Our knowledge and expertise have led us to be a trusted contracting business in our area. If you are interested in building a home or renovating your home contact us at (416) 901 5001 or Toll Free at +1 888-ELVIANO.


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