When looking to purchase a home, you may want to have a property inspection - potentially on the roof, HVAC system, structure, any pests, radon, or more - to potentially avoid any surprise repairs. Most prospective homeowners will have an inspection by a licensed property inspector within the timeframe agreed upon in the contract to purchase.
The home you expect to purchase may seem to be in excellent shape, but there is no substitute for having a professional take a look into the inner workings of the property for the quality, safety, and overall condition of your potential new home and provide you with a report of any issues. Without an inspection, you may encounter unforeseen problems that will turn into unexpected expenses.
If the home inspection reveals undisclosed issues, you may be able to negotiate and get the seller to make the repairs or lower the sale price, or you may be able to rescind your offer and get your deposit refunded. You may also receive a clean inspection without any significant problems and the process can continue.