What matters most?

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

Major defects. An example would be a structural failure or needing a new roof.

2. Issues that lead to major defects. Such as a small roof-flashing leak or a leaky plumbing valve.

3. Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, occupy or insure the home. The house has termites!

Safety hazards. Exposed live electric wires or a dangerous loose handrail on a nice wood deck.

Anything in these four categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.
No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items. Discuss your report with your Realtor and if you still have questions, call Alltech!

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