I agree with what is being said by most of my colleagues below.
I just wanted to add that you should seriously look into the benefits of hiring an engineer (can make structural assessments), the cost is slightly higher but IMHO it's worth it.
Also I thought this was an interesting quick read:
Bottom line is this...be vigilant, this is your home and at the end of the day no one will care more than you. All too often buyers have to much of a 'hands off' approach - you should be treating this phase with upmost scrutiny.
I'm always available to help, please reach out to me if you have any other questions.
Real Estate Salesperson
Houlihan Lawrence, Pelham
1 Pelhamwood Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803
Inspectors who are licensed contractors are the most qualified because they have experience in building and repairs. They are certified by the state rather than an inspector who is certified by some association which they pay to be members of.
Objective inspectors work better for the home buyer. Many inspectors are just as interested in getting the deal closed as the seller and agents are.
This inspector is a member of the Independent Home Inspectors Association of North America which means that he does not rely on referrals from agents.
Heighwood Inspection Service
Al Savastano (866) PRO-EXAM
Check out these 2 websites for more information about choosing an inspector:
Many take digital photographs and include them with their emailed report.