Sympathy to Ms Zallen. The home inspection "business" is so riddled with conflict-of-interests issues that any Buyer should avoid all home inspectors and agent recommendations and instead hire directly a fulltime builder who knows the weak points of buildings OR a P.ENG who will do the inspection for a reasonable fee. Consider investing $1200 for a $400K home (ie 0.3% of purchase price) to be money well spent. Been in that bad place and learned my lesson. John