Request a Home Inspection
Schedule a home inspection to take place as early on in the buying process as you can so that you leave yourself plenty of time to negotiate. Right after your offer is accepted is ideal. Keep in mind that a purchase price is not set in stone until closing—if you find a problem during the home inspection it is perfectly within your rights to go back to the drawing board and propose a new price to the seller.
Schedule a home inspection appointment. You’ll want to be present at the home inspection, so schedule a time that works well for both your inspection company and yourself. There’s no use in rushing an inspection, so it’s important that you leave yourself plenty of time to really examine the property with your inspector—you’ll want between two and three hours to do it right.