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With your home inspection, you will get a detailed and comprehensive inspection report, which will serve as your guide for as long as you own the home. It not only describes the house components and their condition, but also provides insight into what improvements will be necessary.

The home inspection report you receive describes each of the major systems of the home, including:

Roof

Exterior

Structure

Electrical

Heating

Cooling

Insulation and ventilation

Plumbing

Interior

No home is perfect, but some are definitely worse than others. Following the home inspection, there is a chance that you will need to negotiate at least some repairs. Consider the following before you begin:

Credits are often better than repairs.

You can probably get credit instead of actual repairs, which can be beneficial for your sale. Credits are more comfortable for the seller to offer than going through the trouble of getting repairs done. For you, it is more likely that the repairs will be of good quality when you are the one hiring the work to be done.

Trust your Realtor.

Your agent knows what repairs are vital and what repairs can be dealt with later. Trust your agent to guide you through this process, negotiating for your best interests without threatening the deal.

Keep in mind the purpose of a home inspection is to identify major structural, mechanical or safety defects.

Don’t be the buyer that thinks a home inspection is your opportunity to present a “punch list” of everything wrong with the house. Focus on significant issues that should be repaired. Don’t bog down the sale by asking for the moon. Be a reasonable buyer.

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