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Dear Barry, As a home inspector, I've had a complaint from some of the agents who refer me to their buyers. They say I take too long to do my inspections. In order to save time, I don't carry my cell phone, and I do minimal small talk with the clients. On average, I spend about 3 to 3 1/2 hours per inspection, including time to review the report with the buyers. This seems to be a reasonable and necessary time allocation for a thorough inspection, but not everyone agrees. What are your thoughts in this regard? - Ron Dear Ron, Home inspection is about total disclosure of property defects, not maintaining a time schedule. Most average size homes take approximately 2 1/2 to three hours to inspect, plus 30 to 60 minutes to review the findings. From this we can draw one of two conclusions: Either you and I are both inefficient in our use of time or a minimum time allotment for a thorough inspection is unavoidable. Obviously, we would tend toward the latter conclusion. Additionally, we could...