A home inspection is an essential step in the home-buying process. It offers you, the buyer, a chance to get an independent assessment of the condition of the property you are interested in purchasing. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare can make all the difference in getting the most out of your home inspection.

What Should I Expect From a Home Inspection?

During a home inspection, an inspector will assess many different aspects of your potential home. This includes both interior and exterior components such as electrical systems, plumbing systems, roofing, walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, windows, doors, and the crawlspace. The inspector will also check for any signs of pest infestations or damage that may have been caused by wood-destroying organisms. The goal is to identify any existing issues or potential problems with the property so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it is worth investing in. Our extensive reports not only provide a thorough and detailed analysis of the condition of your home but is a valuable tool for your realtor to negotiate with the sellers. Recently,a realtor was able to negotiate $60,000 off of the listing price based on our report, largely due to the significant plumbing leak that we identified using thermal imaging.

Preparing for Your Home Inspection

Before your scheduled inspection date arrives there are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of it. First off, if there are any specific areas of concern for you (such as a leaky faucet or a noisy boiler) be sure to make these known ahead of time so that they can be addressed during the inspection process. Additionally, try to declutter any areas that will be inspected so that nothing obstructs access or blocks the view of the inspector. Lastly, if possible bring along someone who has experience with construction and maintenance; they will likely be able to spot minor issues that might otherwise go unnoticed during the inspection process.


A thorough home inspection is one of the best ways to ensure peace of mind when purchasing a new home. By preparing ahead of time and knowing what to expect from your inspector you’ll be able to get maximum value out of your home inspection experience. Don’t forget – hiring a qualified professional is key when it comes to finding any potential problems before they become major issues! With some preparation and foresight on your part, you’ll have everything you need for an informative and successful home inspection experience!

Whether you’re looking to buy and need a home inspection, or need an annual home inspection, Main Inspections is here to provide a thorough inspection of all of your home’s systems and components. For a free, no-obligation quote, give us a call today at (253) 279-3525.

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