When should I request a home inspection?

The most common time to request an inspection is right after you’ve made an offer of your intent to purchase the home. Ask your agent to include an inspection clause in your contract, making your home purchase contingent on the results of a professional home inspection.

A less common home inspection request comes from a homeowner who is thinking about selling his or her home and wants to have it inspected so issues can be addressed prior to putting the home up for sale.