It also depends on where the home was built. If it was built on landfill/wetlands the structural integrity may be suspect. The best way to find these things out is to do some research of the area on which the home is built and work with a reputable realtor.
Home inspections should be conducted by reputable companies and experienced inspectors. Your inspector will know what to look for.
Contact me and I would be happy to help you with your home searching needs.
Gary R. DeFilippo, JD, CFPS
NYS Lic. Real Estate Sales Associate
i can only give you my personal opinion from experience. I have represented many new construction homes in the past and required the buyers to bring in inspectors only to find there were issues.
My personal opinion is that as people are living in homes, they typically repair and maintaining.
If you are buying anything, get an inspection to be done by a certified inspection engineer.