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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
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Question: When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?
Top Answer (55% of 274 votes): Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency).

Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home purchase can be one of the largest investments you make. Getting a home inspection will help you make an informed decision on whether or not its the right choice for you.
Proiority Home Inspections
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Always have a home inspected before making an offer so that you know the condition of your investment. Certain major defects in a home may change your mind on making an offer on the home, or at least give you some additional knowledge with which to negotiate.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Easy
Straight Street Building/Home Inspections, P.L.L.C.
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Having the home inspected prior to getting an offer accepted could turn out to be a waste of money because you have no guarantee of the sellers accepting your offer.
Aspire Inspection Services
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: I know that 10 business days for your home inspection window can go very fast. And during these days, your head is probably spinning also. So let’s just take it easy, breath and focus. During your home inspection window, you may need numerous inspections depending upon the home and your particular situation. Getting the home inspected is only the first step in the process. There may need to be systems that need further inspection, such as the Electrical or Plumbing systems. Scheduling other contractors will take additional time. In my experience, I have found that the four most common contractors you would need to contact are; an Electrician, Plumber, Roofer and HVAC (Heating & Cooling) Technician. And to be honest, these contractors will probably be the most important that you will need throughout your home ownership. So, it is recommended to find a like minded, quality contractor that you might use for many years to come.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Its not wise to do anything until the offer is accepted.
Superior Inspection Services
ProMatcher
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: We recommend selecting your Home Inspector as early in the process as possible. This way you are not rushed into making the selection in a short period of time. Do your homework early and be prepared.
Superior Home Inspections
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The selling price that is negotiated is based on the perceived value of the home. A home inspection can discover defects that could allow the buyer to renegotiate the price of the home, based on repairs that may need to be done.
Safeguard Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: Contacting inspector for availability, scheduling, pricing, questions and answers.
H&R PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS
ProMatcher
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: This is the best way to protect the buyer.
Appaloosa Home Inspection
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: putting in an offer is still not a binding issue. You should call an inspector right after you enter your offer with the inspection as a stipulation. The Isnpector may uncover unforseen items that might change what you saw as value. this could make for a changed offer or a bargaining chip for the negotiating process. But whatever you do don't buy off if you haven't checked under the hood.
DC HOME INSPECTIONS
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
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Follow Real Estate parameters state by state, county by county.
North State Inspections
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: a home can be inspected at any time with permissions
Thomas Property Services
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
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