I have written previously about the use of home inspectors to assist buyers in avoiding real estate fraud. Using an inspector does not guarantee that a buyer will discover every defect in the home, but using an inspector is a good start. Make sure that your inspector belongs to one of the three main home inspector organizations - ASHI, NACHI or NAHI. A qualified inspector can show you his credentials and his proof of affiliation. Do not use an inspector with no affiliation.
There are additional steps you must take to make sure that you will get the most out of your inspection process, as I will discuss in future posts.