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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)
24%
Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
55%
Not sure
1%
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Question: When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?
Top Answer (55% of 257 votes): Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency).

Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Contacting inspector for availability, scheduling, pricing, questions and answers.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Make sure we get your inspection done before your inspection period is up.
TnT Home Inspections
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This is the best way to protect the buyer.
Appaloosa Home Inspection
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once you make an offer and put down the earnest money you should get an inspection done. This way you know exactly what you are buying. The inspection report will give you another tool to negotiate with and provide a piece of mind that you are making a good purchase.
Moran Property Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: An inspection may reveal major defects or shortcomings in the home.
Reality Property Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once there is an executed contract, the home inspection can be scheduled.
Blackland Home Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Typically a home inspection is scheduled after an offer is made, contingent on having a home inspection performed. In most areas, you have until 10 days after the offer is made to request any repairs or monetary compensation. At Timberland Home Inspections, we can normally schedule your inspection within a few days of contacting us. If extreme situations arise, we may be able to schedule your inspection even sooner.
Timberland Home Inspections LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Normal doings
Allied Services Home Inspection
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This should be part of the process after the offer is accepted.
Brewer Contract Consulting
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The day the inspection period starts
Pacific Inspection Group
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Work with your realtor unless you are the buying agent. Once the offer is accepted include inspection contingencies. Be sure to look at the entire home and request all nesessary inspections. Well, Septic are often overlooked. Be sure to include these when you will have these types of systems. You should never assume anything is in working order during a purchase.
Look First Homes, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The home inspection usually takes place once an offer is accepted. The potential buyer will have a limited amount of time to have an inspection completed
Smart Choice Home Inspections of WNY
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: It makes sense that both parties must agree to an offer before a buyer invests in a home inspection.
840 Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: To save the buyer money, by not paying for an inspection on a home that has no contract, the inspection should be completed after an offer is accepted and before the due diligence period expires. This protects the buyer should the seller not come to an agreement about repairs.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Your offer should include contingencies for a home inspection.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: If you have a referral from a friend or a Professional, I feel confidant to schedule your inspection within a timely manner.
A Better Choice Home Inspection, Co
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Good practice
LOX Home Inspections, LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: A home inspection report gives an opportunity for you to obtain peace of mind.
Kent Trader, LLC. Inspection Services
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: when the offer is excepted you usuraly have 10 days
A & H PROPERTIES
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Don't spend your money on an inspection until you know your offer has been accepted.
Hancock Consulting & Inspections, PLLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home inspection should be schedule once an offer has been accepted
JKM Home Inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Usually once you know your the buyer then you would contact a home inspector for the inspection.
A&T Home Inspections, Inc.
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A Home Inspector should be contacted as soon as possible to ensure the Inspection can be scheduled, completed and any issues with the home can be resolved.
Powell Home Inspection LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The inspection should happen soon after the offer is accepted. The contract limits the amount of time for the inspection to 5-10 days. The house has been taken off the market so the owner is waiting for the results. We provide the inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection so that no time is wasted.
1st American Home Inspection, LLC
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.
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Always call a home inspector once the purchase agreement is accepted and signed.
MC2 Home Inspections LLC
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The client would only pay for an inspection on home that they have commitment from seller to sell to them.
Kgm home inspections
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: There is usually a 14 day inspection contingency -and the sooner you can get your home inspected the better. Usually if some items are beyond the scope of the inspection process then other specialists are called in based on what was discovered by the inspection. Plumbers, HVAC, Contractors may all be needed for further evaluations and cost quotes. The two week inspection contingency allows this to take place -and it begins with the inspection.
Inspections by Randall LLC
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
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