Realtors will often hesitate to make recommendations along these lines as experiences and people differ. Most will offer a minimum of 3 possible home inspectors for the client to contact and hopefully those recommendations are based on experience. I would contact several home inspectors in your area and ask them for availability, names of realtors who have used them, and names of past buyers. These will be your best source of good home inspectors.
I highly recommend him.
As previously mentioned, those recommended by your Realtor are usually good choices, especially if the Realtor regularly does business in that area of the purchase and is aware that the inspector also has knowledge about the area. I realize that some buyers are apprehensive of Realtor recommedations due to the notion of kickbacks or an inspector turning a blind eye to help to the deal along, but, honestly, I think this is a rarity.
My current recommedations to clients are as follows:
Rob Hahn, 732.672.9859; tell him I sent you and get a $35 discount
Mark IV Home Inspection, Mark Bloodgood
Enginspect, Frank Tiedeken
Best of luck!
Francesca, Realtor, ePro
Good luck with your inspection. You want someone thorough but not an alarmist who will kill your deal. Ask your agent!