The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment an individual will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterward. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
Unlike a home appraisal, a home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.