It is a rare thing to happen for a home to be bought without any home inspection followed through first. Even if the seller is adveryising their home “as is” this doesn’t mean that you can not get it inspected. If it is a house that the bank owns then a home inspection is very important. The reason for this is because the banks do not give any disclosures, and they do not know of any problems because these will have to be found all by yourself.
There are many people that have adveryisements as home inspectors. You probably will not get the best direction from your agent. An agent is scared you might find a problem that may turn you away if they give you the name of a great inspector. These are very tough times and all agents should be very loyal to all their customers.
Do not go for an inspector that is just going to give you a visual inspection, looks like and has are two different things. All good inspections include; temperature check of all appliances, furnace and air cooling system checked, the hot water tank needs to be checked for the water pressure, outside lighting and wiring needs to be checked, lights and fixtures have to be checked, full inspection of the foundation for any cracks, they will need to get up onto the roof, climb through the attic, check the garage along with all of the storage spaces.. For a good inspection this is only the very beginning. When the home inspection is done you will get a report of everywhere and everything that has been followed through with, and from that you should be able to make a well informed decision.
For an agent getting a bad call would be a dark part of their day, for them to avoid this they should advise all buyers first to be sure that the homes are inspected before the buyer buys.