In response to a GOOD home inspector, there are many that claim to be good. I recommend a licensed home inspector that will return your calls and emails promptly. A Good Home Inspector will include photos and a written report on the interior and exterior of the home.
Peace of Mind Home Inspections Inc.1-866-757-8480 http://www.pomteam.com or AmeriSpec Inspection Service Ph#: (209) 543-1966.
I hope I have answered your questions. Have a Great Day!
We just had our place inspected by James Byrd of A Plus Home Inspections. http://www.aplushomeinspectionsonline.com/
He had great credentials and gave me two buyer references when I asked. He was courteous and personable and thorough. Plus he gave us a lower price than expected.
Another guy recommended by two agents here is Marc Harmon http://www.theinspector-home.com/
I called him initially and he was extremely busy. His quoted price was higher than on his web site and when I emailed him he said they were changed a month ago (no apology, just very curt). When I asked for references he ignored my request. Could be he was too busy and didn't need the job (he's also a contractor.) Take it for what you will.
Hope that helps--and best of success with your search!
If you're representing yourself, or if the property is for sale by owner, this is the kind of information you should insist upon.
As for inspectors, there are quite a few. You can choose companies like LandAmerica that can do pest inspection, roof inspection, property inspection, etc. http://www.inspectech.com/. You can also visit the website for American Society of Home Inspectors to find ASHI certified inspectors in your area http://www.ashi.org/
If you are represented by a realtor, these are questions he/she can answer for you. Most of us would have a list of resources for such services.
Take care and good luck!