Having a home inspection is one of the most important thing a new home buyer can do. As in any profession, there are good home inspectors and some that are not so good. My advice to a home buyer is to select a home inspector that is an ASHI certified inspector. The ASHI organization has been around longer than any other professioanl society and tends to attract the veteran inspectors. Before you select an inspector, you may want to ask your real estate agent for some advice. Your agent has been through the process and will most likely know the local inspectors. After that, go to the internet and read the web site of the inspector. You should pay attention to the experience level of the inspector. How many inspections has the inspector done, and for how long? Does the website disclose the inspectors pricing? If the inspector does not have a website, you may want to try another inspector. However, keep in mind that a fancy website does not mean that the inspector is competent. Finally, you may want to ask a friend. If your friend used a home inspector and was happy with the service, good chance you will be as well.