This is a very important question to ask the inspector you choose as well as how long it will take?  A good home inspector will be up front with exactly what is going to be inspected or within the scope of the inspection and you want to make sure that they are following a standard of practice at a minimum set forth by the state of Florida

This is a very important question to ask the inspector you choose as well as how long it will take?  A good home inspector will be up front with exactly what is going to be inspected or within the scope of the inspection and you want to make sure that they are following a standards of practice at a minimum set forth by the state of Florida ( or state the inspection is being performed in) and also by an association of the home inspection industry adhere to a code of ethics and Standard of Practice. FABI maintains an active Standards of Practice and Ethics Committee to ensure compliance with the Association’s ethical, moral, and industry standards.  FABI’s standard of practice can be found here http://www.fabi.org/fabi-standards-of-practice/  and I follow these standards on every home inspection I preform and make sure the inspector you hire does too and provides you the information at the start.  I really good inspectors will go even a step further and even point out routine maintenance items that should be performed, which can be a great help to folks moving down to the tropical vacation home from up North and even the first time home buyers looking to start a family.

How long should the home inspection last?

Typically, thorough home inspections will take several hours and a good judge of a thorough inspection would take approximately 1 hour for every 500 Square Feet of living space, so 2000 Square foot home would take approximately 4 to 5 hours as a minimum, and it might be longer for instance if the home needs a swimming pool & spa inspection, Boat Dock & Lift inspection, Seawall Inspection ( both above and below water), Fireplace Inspection, Insurance Inspections ( What you potentially may or may not need to purchase homeowners) Wind Mitigation Inspection, 4 Point Inspection, and Roof Certification.  Any addition item may take a little longer and the best inspectors will be able to take care of everything needed with a couple exceptions depending on the inspector’s credentials and a experience.

Kenton Heiden/ Inspector

FL Home Inspector License #HI-7860

FABI Registered Professional Inspector #RPI-0838