Though getting a home inspection may sound like an opportunity for buyers to find flaws and decrease the value of a particular piece of property, inspection is vital for any home and should be recognized as a valuable tool for buyers. According to Zillow.com, “While the inspection often results in the second round of negotiations, buyers should view the inspection as the introductions to their potential home,” (4 Tips for Getting Value From Your Home Inspection). Here are ways you can use a home inspection to your advantage:

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The first step towards getting the most from your home inspection is to hire a professional inspector that your agent refers, or that somebody you know from the area has used. Though you may want to save money and hire a relative, getting an inspector who is familiar with the area you’re located in and has a strong background in different types of homes and systems is the best option for getting your house inspected.

Once you’ve hired a professional inspector, make sure you walk around the property with them so you can learn more about your home. According to Zillow.com, “You want to know and see firsthand where your water heater and electrical panel are. It’s easier to understand if you are there, in front of the inspector when he points something out, than to hear about it at the end,” (4 Tips for Getting Value From Your Home Inspection). Knowing the details about your new home is vital because there will not be a landlord or super to call when things go wrong.

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Next, during the home inspection, make sure you have a list of all of the questions and concerns you may have about the house. Writing down these concerns will not only help you remember them, but it will also help you stay organized and prepared as a homeowner so that you can avoid potential mishaps in the future. Also, be sure to bring property disclosure documents to the inspection for information about the property from the local building department.

Lastly, the inspection should be used as a tool to formulate a maintenance plan for the property, especially if the previous owners did not maintain certain parts of the home properly. According to Zillow.com:

“Changing the filter on the HVAC system, replacing old plumbing valves or monitoring leaks will help keep things working. Nobody wants a broken boiler in the middle of January, or their water heater to break mid-week. The inspection is a great way to learn about your home and what it will need going forward” (4 Tips for Getting Value From Your Home Inspection).

Making a maintenance checklist during the inspection will help you get prepared for what to expect while you’re living in your new home.

For more information on how to make the most out of a home inspection, check out Zillow.com’s article here.