In my opinion -- the purpose of a home inspection is not to focus on what is wrong with the home -- but rather, now to preserve what is right and to protect your investment.
Many people neglect the small details of a home and aren't sure what to do to preserve their asset, especially with outside preventative maintenance.
Much like owning a car where you have to change the oil and rotate the tires, a home needs love and care too.
Spending the time and money to educate yourself to the inns and outs of your home will pay for itself many times over. Do the right thing and get one :)
New homes (or newer homes) aren't immune to problems... in fact they often have issues. There are very few circumstances I can envision, that would cause me to consider NOT having an inspection when purchasing a home.
Hiring an inspector is for your benefit. Should something be in need of repair or replacement, you can then ask the seller to remedy. If they refuse, you can then ask for concessions. All buyers should want to know what they are buying and what maintenance to expect in the near future. Knowledge is power and you never know, an inspector may find something that turns out to be a deal breaker. At that point, you can walk away with confidence and find a more suitable investment.
People have been living in it for 5 years.
The weather and insects have been beating it for 5 years.
The earth has been moving and settling for 5 years.
The wood has been expanding and contracting for 5 years.
Appliances and fixtures have been used and broken in the last 5 years.
Grease, dust, lint, hair and dirt have been accumulating for 5 years.
Are you same person you were 5 years ago?
Good luck and may God bless