What you don’t know can hurt you! Home inspections are an integral part of buying a home. Insist on a professional home inspection by including it in the sales agreement, and note that the deal is contingent upon your approval of the inspection. This won’t surprise sellers who know their home will be put under a microscope by any potential buyers. The home inspection should include detailed information about the drainage, foundation, roof, interior and exterior paint, plumbing, wiring, heating, fireplace, tile, any hazards associated with the property, and a termite report. During the final walk-through, you'll have a chance to examine the home to see if it's in the same condition as it was when you made your offer, or if any negotiated repairs have been made. Don’t skip this very important step! Please let me know if you need a referral to a qualified home inspector. I'm also available to address any questions or concerns you have about mortgage financing.