Have you ever gone shopping for your dream car, only to find during the test drive that the ride is less than smooth or that the backseat is smaller than you first thought? Maybe there’s that unidentifiable squeak every time you start to accelerate; maybe the cockpit lights aren’t really your preferred color.

But it’s your dream car. You still love the color, the body lines, the V8, 5.0 liter engine. So, the question becomes… are those issues things you can live with or are they deal breakers?

The same approach of weighing the good against the not-so-good should be taken when buying a home. There exists nary a single home, nor commercial facility, that is perfect or comes through inspection without issues. And buyers need to remind themselves of such when receiving the results of a home inspection. When it comes to “imperfect” home inspections, when is it a good time to walk away?

The job of your certified home inspector is to thoroughly inspect each and every room and the structure and infrastructure of said room. Because it is important for that inspector to provide all of the information found regarding the soundness and safety of the home, an inspector’s report will contain every item they find that is unusual, out of the ordinary, or is dangerous or deficient in any way. This should not however, lead the potential buyer to present a laundry list of fix-its to the seller. The report simply lists the existing flaws or quirks about a home. It is up to the buyer to decide at what level an issue becomes a deal breaker and if they are ready to walk away from their next home if the seller is not willing or able to fix those issues. If it is still the home of your dreams, focus on those important health and safety problems that need to be address and use those as negotiation points in your contract.

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