In almost every case, the answer is yes. The only time you wouldn't get an inspection is on a tear-down property or a lot and in those cases you'd get feasibility studies done to see what you can do. But we will cover those in a separate post.
There are several kinds of inspections you can do and not all apply to your property. These are some of the most popular ones we come across:
Structural Mechanical - this is the most popular where your inspector looks at the basics of the house.
Termite - your inspector looks for evidence of termites or other wood destroying insects
Lead-Based Paint - a big topic in MD and DC because of all the historic properties. Do you have it? If so it's most likely in the door frames and window sills but if you're having or have kids, or renting the property, you'll want to do this test on any house built before 1978.
Environmental - this inspection is for asbestos, underground oil/gasoline tanks, presence of solvents/paint thinners, urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), synthetic stucco (EIFS), polybutylene piping, mold spores. They can be hazardous so it's nice to know if they exist.
Radon - buyer has the right to have the Property tested for radon in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing protocols to determine whether the radon level equals or exceeds the action level as determined by the EPA.
Mold - take air quality and surface samples in any area of the interior or exterior of the structures, including garage, to determine evidence of mold or mold spores of any kind and level(s) of toxicity. Samples will be sent for analysis to a qualified laboratory.
Pool - if your next house has a pool, have a company inspect the systems for filtering, leaks, and anything that could be more than a maintenance issue with your new play place.
Pier - got a dock? Does it have water, electric, a lift? Test them all and check for rotted planks or pilings that may need to be replaced.
Septic/Sewer - whether you're on a private septic or on a city sewer line, you can and should inspect those to make sure everything is working properly.
Well - if you're on private water (well), test the water to make sure it's drinkable, the pressure is where it needs to be, and that the well itself is not going to dry up any time soon.
These are all part of buyers doing their due diligence on a property before they close on a property. The cost of these can add up and range from $400-4000 depending on the size of the property and how many inspections you do. The buyers always pay out of pocket for these expenses but you'd rather pay that upfront and lose just that if things turn out to be not so good, than spend hundreds of thousands or millions on a place that's a money pit.