It is a rare thing to happen for a home to be bought without any home inspection followed through first. If the seller had their listing listed in “as is” condition does not mean that first an inspection can first be done. If it is a house that the bank owns then a home inspection is very important. This is because they do not give any disclosures, nor do they know of any problems these will be needed to be discovered entirely on your own.
There are many people that have advertisements as home inspectors. Unfortunately you may not get the best references for a home inspection form your agent either. Agents are scared that you may find a problem that will turn you away from the deal if you have a good 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. Good inspections should include a turn on of all appliances to check for temperature, check of the furnace and the air cooling system, a water heater check for pressure, all outside lighting needs to be checked, all lights and fixtures need to be turned on, check all plumbing and also check for water damage, check foundations for any cracks, get up on the roof, go through the attic, and check the garage along with all storage spaces. This is just the beginning of a good inspection. After this is all finished you will receive a report of everything that had been done, from there you should be able to make a clear and wise 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.