I can not stress the importance of a Qualified Home Inspector and Detailed Inspection. It can make or break a deal. It can save you lots of money and headaches. The cost may be something that you don't want to deal with but it can certainly pay for itself in a short amount of time. Seller's may be reluctant to make many repairs, but at that point you can make an educated decision whether to continue with the purchase or not. A qualified Home Inspector is licensed by the state. So, ask if they are licensed. Also, a reputable home inspector will not offer to make repairs on a home that they inspected. That is a clear conflict of interest.
Do not look at the cost of a home inspection as an extra expense, it's an investment in one of the largest things you will ever buy in your life. In the long run it's just a small part of buying a home and a necessary expense.
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Ellen Hough, Jacksonville NC Real Estate , specializing in First time home buyers and sellers. Working with EXIT Independence Realty, 910-330-6103 (Cell)