The short answer is yes. Buying a new home is an expensive investment, possibly the largest one you'll ever make. A home inspection brings more clarity to what it is that you're buying and will help to mitigate the risk involved in such a purchase.
There are many potential problems that could either go unnoticed, or could lead to bigger problems, that a home inspector is trained to uncover.
I very strongly advise against attempting to perform the property inspection yourself, for a number of reasons. Even if you do have a lot of experience with the systems of a home, it is still advised to hire a professional home inspector.
A home inspection typically takes between 3 and 3 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the home and number of issues discovered. A home inspection that takes less than 2 hours is generally not thorough enough to be useful.
When you request your inspection, I can give you a better idea as to how long the process will take.
Absolutely! While your presence is not required, I strongly encourage you to come along for the inspection. You'll have a much better idea of the condition of the home when you can see any issues first-hand.
You'll be able to benefit a lot more from the inspector's experience and knowledge if you are present at the inspection. You can ask questions and receive home maintenance tips — especially helpful for first-time home buyers.
You're more likely to have a quick sale if the house has already been properly inspected. You can opt to provide potential buyers with a copy of the inspection report, or you can address any issues before listing the house for sale.
Major problems discovered during a home inspection may result in serious transaction delays. If you know about these problems ahead of time, you'll be in a better position for a smooth transaction.