I was putting up a home I have had for many years on the market. I knew it needed work and I was not trying to hide anything from any potential buyer. To that end, the realtor suggested having a home inspection done so that all prospective buyers would see what needed to be done without question. I did not pay for this service directly, it was part of the realtors take on the sale. The house sold quickly and I was happy that the buyer knew exactly what he was getting for his money.