I was looking for a home inspector the other day, but I made a mistake and I got a Sacramento home appraiser. It was not that big of a deal as it turned out, because the guy knew exactly what I wanted and he was apparently qualified to do the job I needed done. The house looks like it is okay and the price is quite reasonable on the surface, although it needs some obvious work done to it. However I was worried about all of the various systems involved in the place. You have to look at the roof for one thing. A typical roof is designed to last around 25 to 30 years, after that you have to replace them and if you do not then you are courting disaster. It is not as though the roof will last forever with no maintenance done to the shingles. It is not possible to ignore the problem, because once the roof fails the rest of the house is going to be ruined pretty soon after.
Then of course the place had like a 20 or 25 year old heat pump in it. I was thinking that it would almost certainly be a wise thing for it to be ripped out and replaced with a more modern heating and cooling solution. That is obviously the case, but it is a matter of how soon it needs to be done and whether or not you can put it off without it costing you in the short term and the long term. The full solution is going to expensive in the short term, but sort of half way addressing it is not going to be a wise move either. You spend a bit of money fixing it up and that does no good in the end.