Protect yourself with a great home inspector. If you don't have one, I have two that I highly recommend. I used them for my own home as well as referred them to my dearest friends and clients.
George Harper and/or Darryl Seymour of California Building Consultants- (Darryl actually inspected a home for the buyer (not mine) of a listing I had in Lake Forest when I met him.) At that meeting, we realized that we both had George in common. They were partners, but I had always used George because he was highly recommended to me. I am comfortable with either one now that I have seen them both work.
Their report is easy to understand, you will have it in your hand before you leave the inspection and they will walk you through the house while going over the findings. You can also call them later on with any questions about the report and they will take as much time as you need getting your questions answered. The inspection is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you will do as a buyer, choose your inspector wisely!
Check out their website for more information. They are great guys and will be totally honest with you.
I hope this information helps! Best Wishes!