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Navigating the Home Inspection: A Guide for Buyers👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

The home inspection is a crucial part of the home buying process, impacting both buyers and

sellers. While it can be one of the more stressful steps, especially after the physical demands of

moving, it’s essential for ensuring that your new home is safe and sound.

In my 20 years of experience, I’ve never seen a home inspection that didn’t uncover something.

Understanding the terminology and the process will help you make informed decisions without

unnecessary worry.

When you receive your inspection report, you’ll see terms like defective, deferred maintenance,

monitor, acceptable, cosmetic, or safety concern. These terms reflect the inspector’s opinion on

the severity of the issues found. Reviewing the report with a knowledgeable professional is vital

to ensure you don't walk away from a great property or settle on a home with major problems.

Major Concerns to Address

While most inspection findings are minor, some issues are significant and worth addressing with

the seller. Here are a few major concerns that may require repair or compensation:

● Mold: While many homes have some mold, the type and extent matter.

● Worn Roofing: Issues here can lead to insurance problems and costly repairs.

● Run-down Decks: These can be safety hazards and expensive to fix.

● Galvanized Pipes: These are prone to corrosion and can lead to water quality issues.

● Grading and Drainage Issues: Poor drainage can cause extensive damage to your

foundation over time.

● HVAC Concerns: Essential for comfort and can be costly to replace or repair.

Handling Minor Repairs

For less severe issues, a home warranty provided by the seller can be a good compromise. This

can cover aging appliances, light and electrical fixtures, and most plumbing concerns (excluding

major service lines).

Cosmetic Issues

Cosmetic issues like interior caulking, minor drywall damage, or worn cabinets should not be a

deal-breaker. These items are often part of normal wear and tear and don't impact the

functionality or safety of the home.

I would never recommend buying a home without getting a home inspection, but it’s important to

keep perspective. Inspectors may highlight issues that sound alarming but are common and

easily fixable. Every home will have some findings, but that doesn’t mean it’s uninhabitable or


If you find a home you love, ensure you have an experienced professional guiding you through

the inspection process. They can help you differentiate between serious issues and minor

concerns, ensuring you make a confident and informed decision.

Home inspections are an essential part of the buying process, providing valuable insights into

the property’s condition. By understanding the inspection report and addressing significant

concerns, you can navigate this step with confidence and move into your new home with peace

of mind.

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