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The goal of the inspection is to put a buyer in a better position to make an informed decision. A home inspection may identify the need for major reparis or builder oversights, as well as maintenance to keep the home or condominium in good shape. With many choices on the market right now, including foreclosures and short sales that can sometime be riskier for buyers, an inspection is especially important.

To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, home buyers will want to learn as much as they can before they buy.

A standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. The report will include covered systems and components the home inspector finds that are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives.