Hi! I can't say that we did all of that, but once we made an offer and had the home inspection it was very, very thorough. We came along with the inspector and it took about 3 hours--he checked everything, and I'm so glad he did. We had a list of repairs to request before moving in, and the sellers got most of them done for us. We didn't run the dishwasher, but he did run the disposable, test the water pressure in the showers, test all applicances, electrics, etc.
I don't think that I could be bold enough to do all that on my own, but it's worth checking out big items.
Some of the tips are good ones, such as visiting at different times of the day to check out traffic, noise, etc.