I booked an inspection and let the buyers know that is should take about 3 hours. I just got back from the inspection and this is what happened. I started the inspection at 10:00am. The homeowners were not home so the listing agent’s assistant was there. The house was about 3000 square feet. I like to explain the systems of a house which does make my inspections longer. The buyers left around 1:30. The buyers loved my inspection so much, they gave me an extra $50.00 in my check. All I had left was to inspect the attic and the sprinkler system. It was about 2:00pm four hours into the inspection when the home owner called and said that four hours was long enough and to leave. The owner was a real estate broker and he has been on many inspections and it has never taken four hours to do.
I called the buyers from my truck while I was still in front of the house and they said that was okay and they loved my inspection and will be waiting for my report.
The way I feel about my inspections is that I am there for the buyer to do the best job I can do no matter how long it takes. Did I do anything wrong? Has this ever happened to you? Should I try to do this in less time and miss defects while rushing? The house had a lot of things to inspect.
In my report I will note about the limitation of not going into the attic and testing the sprinkler system.