Buying a home can be a stressful process. Chances are, most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about.

The issues that really matter fall into four categories: major defects; conditions that can lead to major defects; issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and safety hazards. Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible.

But it’s important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep things in perspective. And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call us to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition for years to come.