Yes, get a home inspection, the city inspection helps but does not cover everything. You can also go through the house with the inspector and ask questions. You'll recieve a written report and you'll be able to ask the seller to make any needed repairs or cancel the purchase agreement.
Michael Doyle Realtor
Please invest the paultry sum and get it done!
The Truth in Housing inspection is required by the city before any home can transfer ownership. It's intent to to verify the condition of key items within the home. It provides a lot of information and you should review the Truth in Housing carefully.
However, the Truth in Housing report is not the same as an inspection. An inspector will do a more comprehensive review of the home and is really worth the money. Your agent should be able to recommend a couple of inspectors for you to speak with.
I would always advise a Buyer to hire a licensed home inspector to do a complete inspection of the property on your behalf.
It is a small price to pay for the information you may uncover. I'm sure the "truth-in-housing" inspection will be helpful, but most likely it won't be as comprehensive as a normal home inspection.
Ask your Realtor or friends who have had home inspectors recently to get their recommendations for inspectors names. Talk to several to find one you feel comfortable with. Plus, the inspector will give you a report that you can keep. Now you will have a starting point that you can refer to, and when you sell the property in the future you know what condition the property was in when you purchased it. Make notations of any improvements or updates you make during your home-ownership.
All the Best to You!
You should absolutely get a home inspection. While the truth in housing report covers many aspects of a home, an inspection is more in-depth. Not being an inspector I'm not exactly sure about the exact differences. I do know that I've seen truth in housing reports done in less then 30 minutes where most home inspectors will take several hours. Hope this helps!
Good Luck, Todd Norsted
Ask them what the difference is between their buyer's inspection and the Truth in Housing inspection and then make a decision as to whether or not you think it would be worth the cost in your case.