Home Inspection: What to Expect and What to Inspect

An inspection is often one of the most exciting moments of buying a home because it's likely the first time you'll go inside since you made your offer. In addition, this is your chance to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into in terms of the property's condition.


At the same time, home inspections can be reassuring, fun, and exhausting.


A home inspection isn't just a list of problems you'll want to negotiate with the seller or, worse, something catastrophic that makes you back out of the deal. As a new homeowner, you get a detailed report that includes a home maintenance schedule and checklist.


Before inspection day, you can do a few things to make sure you get the most out of it. On inspection day, bookmark or download this checklist to bring with you. You can take the list to open houses and tours even if you aren't ready to inspect a home yet. You can use it as a test for potential homes to pass or spot red flags earlier in the process.


Learn more below about preparing for and what to expect when you find a candidate for inspection.

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