The purchase or construction of a home is probably the largest and most frightening single investment you 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.
A BENCHMARK home inspection not only points out the common and typical defects in a home, but also the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase.
Yes you can, or you could have Uncle Bob look at your house, after all he has been in construction for as long as you can remember. Now, just imagine, you have closed on your new home and your family has been enjoying all the benefits your new home has to offer, until one quiet evening when you smell something funny, no it's not your neighbors elephant sized dog named Tiny. It's an electrical fire in the wall caused by the over fused wire in the electrical panel that Uncle Bob missed. Now I'm sure that Uncle Bob would let you move in with him, his six kids, four dogs, two cats, and an iguana, while your home is being rebuilt and I'm sure that he feels terrible about the fire, but you can't blame him. Although he had the best of intentions when inspecting your home he simply is not trained in all the disciplines necessary to provide a comprehensive home inspection. An impartial inspection by a highly trained competent ASHI home inspector is your best defense against a major catastrophe.