I always recommend having inspections, even if you are building a brand new home. An inspection report can seem a bit overwhelming because the inspector's job is to point out every single thing he finds that is not "perfect". All of the items reported may or may not need to be repaired. Some of the items could be for your information; and some of the items could be for you to keep an eye on and plan to budget to possibly deal with in the future. Whether or not the seller is required to make repairs depends on your contract terms and your loan type.
Typically, you will have a set period of time to have your inspections completed. This is called the Inspection Period or Due Diligence Period and it will vary depending on the terms of your contract. If you have items from the inspection report that need to be addressed, they will need to be reported in writing before the end of the Inspection Period.
Once you choose an inspector, I'll contact them to schedule an appointment for the inspection. Once the inspection is completed, the inspector can email both of us a copy of the report to review. Inspection costs vary depending on the size of the home as well as what all options you choose. Please note that even if you end up not purchasing the home, you are still responsible for paying the inspector.
I can provide a list of some of great local inspectors that have been used previously by my clients (and/or other agents in my office). Just call, text or email me. You are certainly welcome to choose your own inspectors as well. Inspectors can also be found easily by doing a Google search or in the Yellow Pages.