When you hire a home inspector, you are hiring an experienced professional who has training and experience in the building industry and the problems that occur as homes age. It is the job of the home inspector to not only evaluate the condition of the house’s major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these systems are working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced. Your home inspector gives you the Big Picture analysis of the house you are purchasing. If the home inspector identifies the need for further review by a specialist of any of the major systems or structures, the inspector will recommend the appropriate professional. The need for this kind of detailed analysis is rare. Hiring a Professional Engineer or Contractor on your own can be a disappointing experience. The term Professional Engineer or Contractor does not mean that the individual has training or experience conducting home inspections.