How long does a home inspection take?

It’s important to understand the entire process when you’re buying a new home. From finding the right mortgage to closing on your dream house, there are a number of steps you need to get through before you can move in. One of the essential steps is getting a home inspection. But when you’re trying to figure out how long it will take, should you plan for an hour or an entire day? Let’s find out! 

The average home inspection takes between 2-3 hours. This depends on the size and age of the house. Home inspections typically focus on the structure of the building and its overall condition. An inspector will check for any signs of damage or wear-and-tear that could affect its value or safety. This means they’ll be looking at things like walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, as well as any visible insulation, electrical wiring and plumbing fixtures. 

When scheduling your home inspection with Sound Structure Home Inspection Services, you can expect them to take about two hours for smaller homes and up to four hours for larger ones. Their inspectors also offer additional services such as radon testing and mold/air quality testing. These may add additional time onto your home inspection appointment if requested. During each visit they conduct their industry leading service. This includes not only inspecting the physical attributes of a property but also providing you with helpful information.  The information found during their inspections is so that clients can make informed decisions about their purchase or sale. 

Inspectors take their time because they want to be thorough. However, there are some other factors that can cause delays during your home inspection appointment. For example, if there are pets in the house (or even just outside) they may need to be taken care of while Sound Structure Home Inspection Services conducts their work safely and efficiently. Additionally, if certain areas of the house are blocked off due to furniture or other items being stored, then those areas will not be able to be inspected properly.  It is best if those items are moved away from blocking access points – which could delay results until those items have been removed from storage areas by either someone else in the family or by Sound Structure Home Inspection Services themselves if asked ahead of time by clients in advance (included in select packages). 


Ultimately, it’s hard to predict exactly how long a home inspection will take due to potential delays caused by external factors. These may include pets or blocked access points within homes. However, Sound Structure Home Inspection Services’ experienced inspectors strive for excellence in both performance and customer service satisfaction. You can usually expect anywhere from two to four hours depending on size and age of property being inspected! Contact us today for more information about our services and how we can help make sure your next real estate transaction goes smoothly!