Quick inspections and no repairs needed
When you have competition, don't ask the seller to give you 15 days to inspect the home.
"You don't need more than five days to get an inspector there," Da Silva says.
Some buyers will go as far as doing the inspection right away, before submitting the contract, so that the offer is not contingent on inspection. But that could mean throwing money out the window if the offer isn't accepted.
One way to make your offer more attractive, while ensuring that you have enough time to get a proper inspection done, is to have an "as is" inspection contingency, says John Sullivan, vice president of Buyer's Edge in Bethesda, Md.
"An 'as is' inspection contingency lets the client find out the condition of the property and lets the seller know that the buyer will not ask for any repairs," he says. If the inspector finds any issues in the house, the buyer will have the choice to take the home as is or walk.