When you have your eyes set on a home, it's always a good idea to include a home inspection and a final walkthrough in the offer. Having the right professional inspector is the way to gain peace of mind and guard your investment. A proper inspection will cover all areas of the house both structurally and mechanically, and give you an objective view of the property. A qualified home inspector will provide you with a written report indicating areas of concern and the estimated cost of repair.
After all of the furnishings have been removed from the property before you move in, perform a final walkthrough. This is to be sure there are no surprises. Be absolutely positive the property was left exactly as you had agreed upon in the contract. Things that could have been spotted in a final walkthrough are often unintentionally overlooked.