Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions anyone can make. Buying a house in another country is an ever bigger decision and so due diligence prior to closing/completion is strongly advised. Ensuring the property you are in the process of buying has no material defects, through a thorough home inspection, is just one of the ways you can protect yourself.
An inspection should be conducted to look for the following issues:
A Home Inspection contingency in the Contract to Purchase Real Estate, protects the Buyer in situations where the house is found to be unsatisfactory, after an inspection reveals a number of issues. The contingency protects the Buyers deposit and and allows the Buyer the right to retract his/her offer, by providing a report from the Home Inspector detailing the issues.
Failure to inspect a property can leave you with no legal remedy against the Seller. While a house may look like a dream home, only a competent Home Inspector can make sure you're not signing up for a nightmare.
To find a thorough and reputable home inspector, start by asking your Realtor®/Real Estate Agent for a list of Home Inspectors they recommended or alternatively, visit The American Society of Home Inspectors or the The National Association of Home Inspectors, for a list of accredited Home Inspectors.