Watching a cable TV show does not qualify you to perform a home inspection.
Your "contractor buddy" is not qualified to inspect your prospect home, putting your finances and friendship at risk.
Waiving your right to a professional inspection is simply foolish. It's one of the largest expenses of your life.
Hiring an inspector referred by anyone making a commission on the sale is a conflict of interest.
Hiring an inspector that is part of the "brokerage team" is a clear conflict of interest.
Your family may love you more but they are not qualified to inspect your home, putting your finances and relationship at risk.
DON'T GET BURNED AND LEARN THE HARD WAY!
Call for a licensed professional home inspection: 716-578-5412