Absolutely. If that's a requirement of the sale, then you'll have to do it. Now, the advantage to you is two-fold: 1) your offer is considered stronger to the bank if you've passed inspection because they know you won't be backing out based on property condition and 2) you will be able to move on NOW to a new property instead of waiting for 6+ months to get an answer from the bank and then finding out you don't want to accept the property based on condition. The disadvantage is that you put the money for the inspection up front. Now, if it doesn't pass, then it's the best money you've ever spent. If it passes and then you can't get the deal together with the bank, then the money is wasted. But if it's a requirement of the contract, then you have to do it. I, as a listing agent, require the inspection done up front with my short sales because I want that hurdle passed up front.