The short answer: If you're paying for it, it should be perfectly alright for you to have an inspector look at a home before you have made an accepted offer. That said, however, as a seller, I would not allow someone in my home to make an inspection UNLESS there were an accepted offer on the home AND the buyer had already put up some earnest money. What if the home inspector accidentally damages something during the inspection? Who's responsible? It's usually very unlikely that anything will go wrong but if it did, a lot of things could get very complicated very quickly. The longer answer: I agree with Ms. Quinton, below, that it's not a good idea to have & pay for an inspection before going under contract. Most states require a seller to disclose everything they know about a home and its systems. This property condition disclosure is usually a pretty good indicator or the condition of the home. Even though a property condition disclosure is required, there isn't a 100% guarantee, however, of the accuracy & validity of it, which is why it's a very good idea to have a home inspection.Since every state's contract is different, it's always a good idea to engage a real estate professional as well as a real estate lawyer, if that's customary in your state. As a buyer, I think it's a good idea to find a real estate agent who is an Accredited Buyer's Agent or who specializes in working with buyers. An agent with an ABR designation has had extra training and experience specifically in working with & for the protection and advocacy of the buyer's interests. I think it could possibly be a good idea to write into the contract that it's contingent upon the buyer's review & approval of the inspection results. This is usually a foregone conclusion but writing it in can add just an extra level of protection for a buyer so that if something major is revealed by the inspection, it allows the buyer another opportunity outside of the usual contingencies to cancel the contract and get their earnest money back.Good luck to you. I hope everything goes in your favor & you have a smooth transaction.