What Really Matters

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:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these 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. Realize that 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.
If you need a home inspection performed, don't settle for anything less than a
InterNACHI-certified home inspector.
Contact me now to schedule your inspection.

Mark Kollath Home Inspection, Inc.
Your Friend In The Inspection Business Since 2006
Ph. (773) 491-5521.