Home inspection items will offer maintenance recommendations, diagnose major problem issues, and alert the buyer of minor imperfections. These are nice to know about.

However, the issues that really matter will fall into four (4) categories:

1. Major Defects

damaged wall - home inspection items -- major defects

2. Maintenance items – things that can lead to major defects later.

Rusted Pipe - home inspection items -- maintenance

3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or to insure your house.

Image of gate locked and chained - home inspection items -- things that hinder

4. Safety Hazards – these items should be fixed first and before you move into your house.

Do not enter sign - home inspection items -- safety hazards