A good home inspection, in my opinion, is so much more than just a thorough “systems” check.
As an active agent representing both Buyers and Sellers, I’ve had sales go “south” due to bad inspectors (not bad “inspections!”). After all, the inspector really can influence the type of decisions that a client/buyer/seller must make. They can scare them off by emphasizing things that perhaps are just future maintenance items, or can de-emphasize items that can be chronic issues.
For example, I’ve had inspections done by potential Buyers for a listing of mine, that backed out because a gutter was leaking. I’ve had inspectors tell us that a hot water heater was at the end of its useful life when it was less than seven years old. And then I’ve had wonderful inspectors that truly help a Buyer understand that just because the linoleum floor has a small split doesn’t mean the house is falling apart around them.
A good inspector is gold. They can truly help support a transaction and they can truly be an asset to a Buyer. I encourage inspections for every single purchase — whether new construction or a 50-year-old home. There’s always something and being informed is priceless.
Be absolutely certain that the home inspector you choose is certified and licensed!