BOULDER – As a home inspector I can tell you most inspections take between two and three hours at the site. There are several variables that effect the time an inspection will take: The size of the home, number of systems to be inspected, condition and age of the property, ease of access to areas to be inspected (crawl space and attic for example); weather conditions (rain, snow or extreme heat can slow the inspection time). The amount of questions the client has during the inspection is also a factor. It is recommended the client have a list of questions for the inspector about the property. The inspector can then address those questions or investigate a specific area further.
An average report will take two to three office hours to complete including research, editing/inserting photos and proof reading the report. A home is a huge investment and you should expect a good return on your investment. If you do not have all the facts up front it reduces your ability to negotiate the sale price and could cost you more in repairs later.
The same factors that determine how long an inspection will take also determine the cost of an inspection.
Most home inspections fall between $300 and $500. Much larger and very old homes can be even more. Buyers can expect to pay extra for such items as radon testing and sewer scopes.