This question has been asked - a lot. Unfortunately, no matter how many times it is answered, people still ask it.
Many times people will say things like "I am having an appraisal, isn't that the same thing?" or "The house is new. so everything should be fine".
Whatever the case may be, having a thorough, professional home inspection is 100% necessary and important. Why us that? First of all, it is one of your most important layers of protection. An appraiser or code enforcer does not inspect the house for YOU, they do it to protect THEMSELVES.
Also, there are many issues that can really only be uncovered in a home inspection. With the use of infrared, sewer cameras, and other equipment, we are able to locate issues for you before something bad happens.
There are many reasons to get a home inspection, so be sure to hire the best home inspector possible, whether you are buying or selling a home.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL