Many home buyers don't have much experience with the inner workings of a house and those that do probably won't subject the home to a thorough inspection. The home is made up of some fairly complex systems.
If I'm buying a house, some of the things I would want to know:
- Is the plumbing galvanized steel?
- What's the condition of the roof?
- Is the electrical wiring dated?
- Is the attic ventilated and properly insulated?
Really the home inspection is a heads-up to the home-buyer for anything that might need repair now and may need upgrading or replacement in the future. That way, if the home has a 25 yr. old furnace the home buyer knows that its possible that the furnace could die this winter or next and he or she can be prepared for that.