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When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?

Before putting an offer
18%
Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
23%
Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
56%
Not sure
1%
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Question: When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?
Top Answer (56% of 249 votes): Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency).

Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Inspection contingencies help buyers should adverse condition(s) be discovered, it also helps buyer to negotiate with seller for a solution to the problem.
MDJ Inspection Services LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Allot of times a home inspector can be a very powerful tool. There have been many times our clients would be set on a house but not the price. When an issue is found it can be used to re negotiate the price in fairness for both parties.
Homeinspections123
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Always have the home inspected to should the true value of a home.asap!
Property Repair Service & Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Follow Real Estate parameters state by state, county by county.
North State Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This timing provides the most protection for the customer.
Kairos Home Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Always make sure to get that inspection in time so there is time for the contingency or negotiation of any repairs that were required.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: You may want to interview several inspectors when you start the home buying process. Find one you are comfortable with and ask about their scheduling. Once you have an offer in, call your inspector to schedule your inspection. You may only have a few days depending on your market.
My Choice Home Inspectors LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once an offer is excepted there is a 17-day period that is an ideal time to find out the condition of the home you are buying and to avoid the potential loss of your deposit should you decided not to go through with the sale. Your agent can advise you further on the process.
Inspection Pro
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once the offer has been accepted from the seller, it is the due diligence of the buyer to have the home inspection done in a specific time frame to negotiate any repairs or problems found during the said inspection. The buyer has the option to back out of the sale during this contingency to get there earnest money back.
Meadow Brook Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: home could be structually, health or fire unsafe
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The report is your personal property and does not have to be shared with anyone.
Able Home Inspections
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: We would always recommend asking for an inspection contingency upon the seller accepting your offer. This is for your protection and peace of mind.
Rhino Property Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The inspection service should be able to schedule an inspection in a timely manner to accommodate all parties.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: If the client is not sure if they can afford the house it makes no sense to have an inspection performed.
Contractors Corp.
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: As an informed consumer, you want to know the status and condition of the home prior to making an offer. A home inspection report can be a leverage tool for discounts or contingencies on the offer.
TAP Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: It is best to have a accepted offer before you request an inspection so you don't pay out any money on a home that you may not even get.
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The inspection shall be ordered right immediately after the offer is accepted. Normally the buyer has at least 10 days to do his Due Diligence. If they missed out that mark they will lose the opportunity of getting a home inspection. So therefore, the inspection shall be book ASAP.
HOME INSPECTOR USA
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: When putting an offer in on a home it is a good idea to start contacting inspectors right away. This will give you more time to choose an inspector you are comfortable with, and get an idea of their schedule in the upcoming days. After your offer is accepted the clock on the option period starts ticking. If during the insepction issues that need further evaluation or quotes to have fixed or replaced are uncovered it may take another day or two to get a qualified contractor out. If you are already at the end of the option period you may have to proceed without knowing what a major issue will cost to fix.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once your offer is accepted is when it is time to start shopping for an inspector. In NY your inspection contingency typically gives you several days to get the home inspected and review the results. Your agent should have a lot of experience with this step of the process and will usually be helpful in getting access to the home.
InFocus Inspection
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Some inspectors don't like getting called until the client is out of attorney review. I actually like to get a call during the attorney review so that the client has time to speak to me and feel comfortable scheduling an inspection with me. I usually like to wait until the client is out of attorney review to actually schedule the date and time for the inspection. I see delays in the attorney review process all the time.
Best Choice Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once you have found the home you like you will put in an offer. Once inspected the the inspection process begins. Make sure there is a inspection clause in your offer
At Ease Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: When the offer is accepted with contingencies the inspection phase should begin.
Riverbend Property Inspections LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The contingency will allow you to renegotiate or have things fix before closing. We like to push pre-listing home inspections.
Mosher Home Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: You can talk to an inspector even have one picked out before your offer is accepted but you won't be able to book inspection until the offer is accepted.
HomeRun Certified Inspections,LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: A home inspector is just as important as your real estate agent and your choice should not be under the gun. Check out inspectors before you even purchase a house
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Build a relation with your inspector for building trust in their knowledge and even to ask for some ideas of stuff to stay away from in the shopping process.
Master Building Inspectors
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: You should have accepted offer to purchase before scheduling a home inspection. Otherwise you're wasting my time and your money.
House and Home Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: For a quicker sale we recommend a Seller's inspection before the home is even listed. But we do accept many buyer's inspections regardless of the time frame. The drawback to contacting an inspector after you make an offer is that you may not be able to get an appointment before the deadline if it is a busy time of year.
Home Inspection Solutions
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: A home inspection could possibly save the potential home buyer thousand of dollars in unforseen repairs.
Ray REI
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home inspector should be contacted once the offer is accepted including an inspection contingency.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: We recommend choosing your inspector before you make an offer- this way you can be aware of availability and price before you get started- we can also give you some pointers on what to look for.
MTK Inspection Services
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once your offer has been accepted, your next step is to hire a home inspector.
Randall Property Inspections, Inc.
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Usually the life cycle of a real estate transaction has the inspection following an accepted offer which is the time the buyer would contact the inspector.
Investor Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Base your offer with the contingency that you would like a home inspection. An Inspector is trained to look objectively at a property. They do not get distracted by decorations of staging. They are looking for the functionality of all the systems of the property, with recommendations in areas of concern.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: To protect your investment know what deficiency there are before you make an offer.
Your Home Property Consultants
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: We feel it is best to get an inspection once you have an accepted offer. This way you are not out the cost of the inspection before even getting your foot in the door. This also shows that both parties are dedicated and can work through any inspection findings together.
The Home Inspectors
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: never make on offer before you have First American provide you with a FREE inspection. I prefer to go in AFTER your home inspector. this way you can see what they missed. We look for the issues that your home inspector does not.
First American Cleaning & Restoration
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The best time to contract a home inspector is before you male the offer. This way a hone buyer will know going into the deal what if any issues there are with the home
House detective
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: It is best to have a home inspected before the offer, this will give the buyer a better understanding of hidden repairs they may need repair and also help to better understand the value of the home.
A Balance Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: this protects the buyer by having a clause that gives the buyer an out if major problems arise.
American Home & Environmental
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: I say before putting an offer on a house. Typically people wait til after an offer is accepted and contract signed. Then you find out you have 10 days or so to have the home inspected. Shop for a Home Inspector like you would for a house. ONce your ready for the inspection you already know whom you will have inspect it.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: a home can be inspected at any time with permissions
Thomas Property Services
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: An inspection is also a good idea if you are selling your home.
Henson Home Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: My advise is to put in an offer with an inspection contingency. Work with your realtor to determine the best timing.
Coast Home Inspection
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Having a home inspection prior to the offer gives the buyer information to use in the negotiation process.
Spire Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Generally, once under contract, you have a set amount of time to have an inspection performed. It is important to have an inspection contingency that will allow you to pull out of the contract or re-negotiate the price if necessary.
North Dynamic Inspections
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The parties should should agree on price and terms first and then have a contingency that the home is in good repair.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once offer is accepted, this way no monies are spent fro nothing
G M M Property Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: If home has obvious damage / repair needs that lead to belief that further repair may be needed, get an inspection "prior" to the offer to reduce the need to re-negotiate the sale once accepted. This may not be accepted on a preferred condition home, however, should be acceptable on a slow mover, handy man special type property. A good, thorough inspection will help you obtain the info needed to put pencil to paper.
Patrick Erb Home Services INSPECTION AL#HI3083
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Please give the inspector 5 to 7 business day to schedule the inspection. Expecting an inspection the next day or the day after calling the inspector generally leads to unexperienced inspector doing the inspection. Please insure that the utilities are on at the property is ready for inspection.
AHI Residential & Commercial Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: In Rhode Island the buyer has ten business days from signing the purchase and sales agreement to have all inspections performed. The sooner you make arrangements the less likely you will be unable to have the inspector of your choice work for you.
JDM.Services
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The most common is having the buyer pay for the inspection and list it as a contingency in the offer to purchase. However, if a seller wants to uncover any issues prior to even listing their home I suggest an inspection. Why wait until the last minute and loose thousands in negotiating when the inspection could have uncovered the issue and it could have been corrected earlier.
Four County Home Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Start looking for an inspection company after you find an agent. Ask your agent, friends, family and co-workers for referrals. As soon as your offer is accepted get an inspection scheduled.
Brighton Home Inspection
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Ideally, we are confirming your evaluation of your dream home. Our expertise will hwlp you ro make an informed purchase, and to save you from buying a "money pit".
Certipro Home Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: After your offer has been accepted, then order your home inspection. A home inspection is not required, but highly recommended. This will no doubt be the largest purchase you make. Spending a couple of hundred dollars to have a qualified person thoroughly inspect your future home may prevent thousands of dollars of unexpected repairs later on. Contact a licensed home inspector of your choice. The home inspector will set an appointment that is convenient for you. The inspection must take place during your inspection period, usually 10 days from acceptance of your offer.
Evolve Property Inspection Services
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This is the time the inspection is crucial for the buyer if indeed it is a standard home inspection. After the buyer has negotiated they price with the seller through their agent(s), based on what they see and feel about the home, the home inspector is their professional who will do a thorough inspection to provide them with the tool of an inspection report to verify the actual condition of the home. This process hopefully aids all parties involved in moving forward in the process barring any major deficiencies.
Connected Services Group, LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home inspection is not a requirement at any time. Typically, a home buyer will hire a home inspector (in escrow) after an agreed price is decided. A home inspection can have a huge influence on the final sale price of a home.
Legacy Home Inspection & Appraisal LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: this time frame can vary and its best to consult with your agent, bank and/or attorney or title company
Phoenix Home Inspections LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: In my opinion it should be before presenting the offer. This way the client would be aware of the overall condition and material defects if any and whether of not its worth purchasing the property for the asking price
A Closer Look Property Inspections, LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Don't waste your money on home that you can't agree on a price with the seller.
ATM Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I have done all three, all three have their benefits, I have found though, that the best time is right before you put an offer.
Higher Standards Property Solutions LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Typically you want to schedule a home inspection right after your offer is accepted.
Above All Inspections, Inc.
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The realtor will usually tell you when to call for an inspection. They usually wait for attorney approval. The attorney will tell the realtor that all is clear, and in turn the realtor will inform their client. There usually is a 10 day window, so call an inspector at once, don't wait till the last minute.
A Home Detective Inspection Service
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Usually a buyer has a ten day inspection period to get all necessary inspections done from a home inspection to a termite inspection.
Wilson Property Inspection, LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: start looking while you are in the shopping process. we live and work the area you are buying in and can offer tips on what to look for and what to avoid
Greenbush Property Services LLc
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: An Inspection shouldn't be an after thought. I believe in pre-listing inspections or sellers inspections. The purpose of the inspection is mainly two things - Safety of the property and potential expenses to getting the property up to tip top shape. An offer is and should be partially based on the condition that the house is in.
A-Z Michigan Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: All three can be right and true, if you can get a pre-inspection, usually less then a typical standard home inspection that is more of a phase only or ancillary inspection, meaning the this pre-inspection a structural only as to reporting roof, attic, crawlspace/basement and grounds and possibly some major mechanical components. Investors are in demand of these types of reports. But its also good to have this done prior to any offers too, I believe. Where a full complete home inspection report along with a pest report is usually required by the financial institution and reports on more items such as appliances, paint chipping, etc., is also good during offer initiative. The main concern here is to have a home inspection report done so you know whether to proceed or walk away from this.
Straight Street Home & Structural Pest Inspections
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Always be prepared. Have an inspector ready.
Valley Home Inspectors LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home inspection should be completed after the offer is accepted and before the closing date. Any repairs will be at the buyers expense if not disclosed before the closing date.
Key Home Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: As soon as your offer is accepted is typically when you need to find an Inspector. Many times the inspection period will be approximately 7 days which means getting the inspection scheduled is a priority.
Up Close Home Inspection
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: After the offer has been placed, getting a home inspection as soon as possible is recommended.
JC & E Home Inspection
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: As soon as your offer is accepted this is your chance to have the home inspected to assure you know the condition of the home you are going to purchase.
Gold Country Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Find out who your going to use and interview by phone and ask them questions.
Camelot home inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: I would not wait to the last minute and be scrambling for an inspector. Once making your offer or even before this would be best so you have the time to search for the inspector you like best. Some situations only allow for a 3 day window to get an inspection done. Have one or two ready to go before hand to save time.
A Better Choice Home Inspection of South Florida, LLC
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This way is more affordable.
Team Texas Construction, LLC
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