Home inspections are a load of bunk. Some may be given the impression that these people are knowledgeable professionals who perform a thorough structural inspection of the home and its major systems. That is, after all, what real estate agents and inspectors lead you to believe.
Often, sadly, this is not the case.
You see, many of these individuals are no more skilled or knowledgeable than the average DIYer. They may specialize in one specific area, but generally have little knowledge of most others.
They also have an incentive NOT to perform their job, as every home inspector stipulates in their contract that they are not liable for oversights. In other words, all they have to do is provide a quick, cursory inspection that meets state minimum regulations. If they do a crappy job and miss a laundry list of issues, who cares? It's not their problem.
So how do they have any incentive to invest the time and effort that a full and proper inspection requires?
My "wonderful" inspector happened to miss the following (among many other issues):
*a whole roof full of completely unsealed flashing
*a large (4'x8') severely bowed area of roofing and rotted wood beams that is now leaking into my second story
*an electrical box that was nowhere near up to code
*a leaking basement
So, if any of you are in the market for a home, don't trust your home inspector. The guy likely knows little more about construction than your handy neighbor. Also, be aware that he will not be taking responsibility if the job isn't performed correctly.