Perhaps one of the most important protections a buyer and a seller can have in a home sale or purchase is a whole-house home inspection. In addition, you should have a termite or other wood-destroying insect inspection and any other type of inspection that your particular property may require.

Many buyers want to save a little money by waiving their right to a home inspection. The Commission advises against such a decision. There are numerous aspects of a property that may need to be repaired or replaced. The seller may not even know of some defects and may not, therefore, be able to disclose them to you.

Likewise, your real estate agent cannot guarantee that a property is free from defects. A listing agent only knows as much about the property as the seller has disclosed and as much as he or she can see with his or her own eyes. Most real estate agents are not certified home inspectors. Most sellers do not even know all of the potential problems with their homes.