Unless you, a family member or trusted friend have extensive knowledge of
building structure,  grade, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and a weekend hobby of
reading new building codes, you should hire a professional home inspector.
Not only is a good inspector's report like having a new users manual for your
home, it also gives you negotiating power if there is one or more problems
You can find a list of certified inspectors by searching the InterNACHI

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This website belongs to Deborah Elliott, agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty one of the largest and highest
producing Real Estate firms in all of Central Florida.  If you are looking to Sell - Call me 352-408-3868
It will prove a difficult task to find a better or more knowledgeable Home
Inspector in the Lake county area than DJ.
Please visit his website
DJ Home Inspections  by clicking  HERE.
Buyers often believe that if a home is New or new-ish it is perfect. or after the current owner has assured them that everything is fine
and volunteered to offer a
home warranty -- they do not need to spend the money on a home inspection.   
I promise you I have seen new homes with roof not properly attached, loose floor joists, failing stucco, plumbing connections that are
beyond suspect and electrical issues. This is why Builders are required to warranty their new builds for a year. No surprise it is easier
to get  those issues repaired before they have your money.   
When it comes to existing older homes ....... there could be recalled
chinese drywall or chinese flooring both of which are health
hazards.  What about
Gray pipe that was recalled because it is prone to spring leaks usually inside the wall.
Or how about  Mr. and Ms. Handyman seller installing their own ceilings fan with the wrong gauge wire - fire hazard-  or that stain from
a leak they painted over before you got there ..... the list of surprises is long.  
Do yourself a favor and spend the $250- $350 for an inspection. It is a great investment
Termite Inspection: This is Florida and we have TERMITES. Prior to purchasing a home it is wise to have a termite inspection.
On NEW homes the builder is required to treat the ground under and around the home prior to building.
On an existing home it is great if the Seller has a treatment history and a  transferable bond.
Both of those scenarios still suggest you should have a termite inspection. On the existing home it may have had prior damage the
current owner was not aware of.  On the New home ... builders are busy ... lots of sub-contractors ..... sometimes things slip through the
cracks. Oh, and yes, even block constructed homes. Unless your home has steel beams, studs and trusses you should do this.
Dave Penny is another local home inspector with a strong record.  View his website here