In most cases, you will still be the buyer. Typically, the buyer is responsible for paying for their own appraisal and inspection of the home. However, there are times when a seller may choose to pay one or both of these costs. It can be easy to combine home appraisals and home inspections; after all, both involve a third party coming to visually assess your home, right? But home appraisals differ from a home inspection in that they are less thorough when it comes to specific details, but they cover more of the big picture regarding the value of your home.
A home inspector is there with the intention of identifying weak points or problem areas in a home, which can give the buyer a better idea of how much it will cost to maintain or repair any problem. Home inspection reports are extremely detailed, with evaluations of interior structures, utilities, and everything else that makes up the property.