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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
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Question: When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted?
Top Answer (56% of 287 votes): Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency).

Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Many banks will not loan the money for the purchase of a home unless it has been properly inspected, this protects the consumer and the bank as well.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: A foreclosed property should have an inspection immediately, and once a week until property sells.
Harris Business Professionals
Answer: Before putting an offer
Explanation: The buyer will want the report on the condition of the home before the buyer makes an offer. The condition will greatly impact this process.
Michael Moffitt, Moffitt Property Inspections & Consulting
ProMatcher
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: The offer should be contingent on the home passing a professional home inspection.
Wise-Up Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: Right after putting an offer (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: A home inspection should be one of the first priorities after seriously considering buying a home. The sooner you understand the potential issues or other drawbacks, the easier it is to negotiate or fully consider all the factors in your buying decision. The cost of an inspection is nothing compared to making repairs you didn't expect.
Mountain View Inspection Services
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: An inspector is not allowed on most properties until your offer is accepted in writing by the seller so it is best to wait till you have a fully executed contract before scheduling your inspection. It does not hurt to call and interview several inspectors ahead of time. Ask them pointed questions not just how much to you charge. A low price does not usually get you a good inspection.
Space City Inspections, LLC
ProMatcher
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.
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Once your offer is accepted is a good time to scheduled and secure your home inspection with Golden Star Home Inspections. However, it is never to early to check around and find the right inspection company for you and your needs! Call today! 509-720-6279
Golden Star Home Inspections
ProMatcher
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
Answer: Once the offer is accepted (include an inspection contingency)
Explanation: Typically the home inspection is scheduled once the buyer's offer is accepted by the seller.
HomeScope Property Inspection Services LLC
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
ProMatcher
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
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
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