Do not, I repeat, DO NOT use a home inspector recommended by your real estate agent. Don’t do it. Just don’t.
The reason should be obvious but, in case it’s not–the Realtor will know somebody, undoubtedly. The Realtor also wants to sell the place and wants a commission. Real estate agents are salespeople and they are into overcoming all objections. The person the Realtor knows will be someone inclined to overlook things that might negate the sale. (Maybe not, they could be honest, but do you really want to take the chance?)
So. Get a referral from a friend. Get a referral from your plumber. Get a referral from a local disaster mitigation company (you know, the people who come in and mop up when a system fails).
Do not let your real estate agent tell you the timetable doesn’t work for the home inspector you’ve selected but she knows someone who can get in there right away. This is classic.
Just call me “one who knows now.” I was stupid. Don’t be stupid. Get someone with no connection to your real estate agent, the seller’s real estate agent, or the seller him- or herself.