Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection should give you knowledge and peace of mind, but can have 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. Items that could lead to major defects (A small roof-flashing leak, for example).
3. Things that may hinder your ability to obtain financing, 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.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects discovered during a home inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. It is important to keep things in perspective. Small defects should be appropriately addressed but should not “kill the deal”. It can be counter productive to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed in the seller's disclosure.

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