Meanwhile, to the buyer asking the question -- why pay to do an inspection prior to contract? Have it be a condition of your sale. Your attorney can add this to the contract during the three day attorney review period.
That way you will understand how the attorney review period can protect you.....and that most standard contracts agents use already have built-in contingencies for home inspections and mortgage approval time frames.
If you understand the process, you will see that you could be throwing yor money away by having an inspection prior to signing a contract.
If you are attempting to buy a for sale by owner.......without a buyer's agent...I suggest you hire a real estate attorney before proceeding.
As far as inspecting the house before signing a contract of sale, it will depend on whether or not the sellers will allow it.
I can answer any questions for you. I'm a full time realtor associate covering Atlantic and Cape May counties. 609839028- or email me. I look forward to hearing from you !
An interested buyer can have a home inspection prior to signing a contract, providing the seller agrees.