One of the most important clauses you can put into your offer to purchase is the home inspection clause but many people do not think about the many other types of inspections you can have.
For example: is there a pool? maybe you want a qualified pool company to give it a once over.
Other Inspections to consider:RadonFoundationRoof (while home inspectors will look at this, they aren't experts and if the roof is very suspect this may be helpful)Lead Based Paint (LBP)Heating and air conditioning
Basically anything can be inspected. If there is anything that concerns you there is no reason not to have it checked out. Simply have your REALTOR put it in your offer when you sit down to write it. You will likely have to pay for it, unless you are lucky enough to talk the sellers into paying, but the money spent will be well worth its weight in gold if something is truly wrong. Also, if a seller will agree, you can have as many inspections you can fit in the offer to purchase.
Conversely, if you are a seller and you want to get ahead of the game, there is a great way to do so. Have you own home inspection done and make it public for anyone looking to purchase it. This is a great way to add value for a buyer (basically you would potentially save them $300) and for you to save money by allowing you to fix items of concern on your own or to have it done before a buyer makes an offer allowing you to make more money.
Inspections allow you to learn a lot about a home and the function of the mechanical components. So don't be afraid to have what you need looked at. The home is the largest purchase most people will make.