There is nothing wrong with buying a home in “as-is” condition, but you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform an inspection. Why?
First, you don’t know what “as-is” is on any particular home. Walking through the home can give you a general idea of the homes condition, but you won’t obtain the same detailed information that you would receive from a thorough home inspection. Home Inspectors are trained to look for things you are not likely to notice. For example, a Home Inspector must follow Standards of Practice and check the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, fireplace, attic, insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, and electrical system for certain defects. Having a detailed Home Inspection report on the home will give you a better idea of what “as-is” really means