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Old 07-16-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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Default How long does it take for a home inspection report to come back?

We had our house inspection done Tuesday morning. The buyer's agent contacted the inspector to make sure everything looked all right before he ordered the appraisal. The home inspector said it looked good, and that he should have the report out by this morning. It is noon now, and it still has not come in. While I am glad that there are no major things to be done, I still realize there might be small things that needs to be taken care of. We are scheduled to close first week of August, and I am just curious as to why a report takes so long. Is this time taken normal?

Beth
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: MN
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Our inspector gave us instant results and the report was printed. Are you buying or selling? If selling, do the buyers have a few days to review?
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We had ours on a Tuesday afternoon and we got it Thursday morning. But it takes time to create a report. Ours was 22 pages long. Give it another day. Sometimes people have computer problems, ya know?

I think these days since people think email is instantaneous, that reports should be instantaneous also. But it doesn't work that way!
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Every inspection my clients have had done has had the report back by that evening, emailed to them and to me for our review.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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The inspectors that I have worked with have both a summary or checklist type of report of "stuff that I saw" and a more text oriented format. Some add photos and such of things that may be helpful.

This report should not be a "throw away" but sort of a guide to areas that you ought to continue to check on / maintain both for your own peace of mind and long term resale potential.

If it takes the inspector a few days that ought not be a problem, but you have to have some empathy for the seller too -- if there were any concerns that your would want addressed the SOONER after the actual inspection that you communicate these concerns to the seller the MORE LIKELY that they can get them solved...
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The reports that we get have a summary that is a page or two, then a longer multi-page section, with photos of any problems observed and explanations. They tend to be in the 15-20 page range, depending on the inspector.

Quite thorough, actually. But, in our area, the inspection is done during the buyer's option period, during which time any repairs must be negotiated, and we NEED them back quickly so that we can get estimates for repair negotiations - both buyer and seller may need to arrange for estimates. So an inspector who didn't get the report back for "a few days" wouldn't last long around here.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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That's exactly what's happening here. Once we get the report, we need to get the repairs done...and closing is not that far out...and it is not always easy having a handyman come in and do work on a day's notice.

I am surprised that it takes over 2 days and the report is still not here.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Barrington
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The buyer's agent contacted the inspector to make sure everything looked all right before he ordered the appraisal.
The buyer's agent is ordering the appraisal? If the house is being financed, the bank orders the appraisal.

My preferred home inspector dictates his findings and creates and issues the report in 24-48 hours. Others issue it, on the spot.

I am in an attorney review state which means inspections issues are usually negotiated between buyer and seller attorneys, not the principals or agents. Invariably, the buyer's attorney sits on the inspection until the 11th hour of the inspection notification period.

What's the custom in your area?
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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The inspectors I use get it to me in 24 hours. They do need to upload the pictures they took during the inspection and write notes and such.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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The buyer's agent is ordering the appraisal? If the house is being financed, the bank orders the appraisal.

My preferred home inspector dictates his findings and creates and issues the report in 24-48 hours. Others issue it, on the spot.

I am in an attorney review state which means inspections issues are usually negotiated between buyer and seller attorneys, not the principals or agents. Invariably, the buyer's attorney sits on the inspection until the 11th hour of the inspection notification period.

What's the custom in your area?
My agent had called the buyer's agent and if I heard him right, that's what he told me. I will reach out to him again and see what is going on. I am in NC by the way.
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