That is a great question.
You would not have asked it if this was not a issue for you at this time.
IF you can not attend, you would be well advised to have someone you trust to be in attendance. Inspectors have a goal that may be different than that of the home buyer. Those that may be selected from the yellow pages that advertises they will recover the total inspection costs by finding 'stuff" will complicate this situation. Instead, follow your agents recommendation and use an inspector familiar with homes of this type and in this environment. Your agent wants you to receive relevant information regarding this homes condition not the hysteria that many inspectors can create.
Should issues be found as a result of the inspection....and there will be....your designated observer will need to be able to convey to you the significance of this finding in the ENGLISH you can understand. If the home computer is plugged into the outlet and it working properly, what significance does reversed polarity really have? There is a lot of 'nonsense' in these inspection reports. This observer will need to ask, "When this problem is resolved....'What will it LOOK like?' Very often it is impossible to determine if a repair has been made relying solely on the written report even with all the pictures.
This is where your trusted real estate consultant, once more, demonstrates their value. They can identify for you the 'non-sense,' the cosmetic, what is expected in a home of this age and type, and those issues that would require re-opening negotiations or finding another house.
All agents would advise you to be present. If that is not possible, it is important you do not lose the benefit such a protection provides. Choose wisely.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL