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You certainly don't want to find skeletons in the closet after you move into your new house. Even the most beautiful home may have big problems hidden behind the walls, in the attic, or the foundation. And some might be serious safety concerns. That's why it's important for buyers to have a third-party, licensed inspector to look at the house while they still have the option to back out of the deal or the ability to negotiate repairs with the seller.
Now, it's important for buyers to know that it's the home inspector's job to be extremely picky about everything, even anything remotely wrong with the house. The typical inspection report is page long and can look scary. What you're really for though is the condition of the major systems of the home, and anything that may be a safety issue. If those do pop up in a home inspection, your buyers agent can the buyer to either get money for the more serious repairs or have the seller complete the repairs prior to closing. That's why it's important to have a good inspector and a good buyer's agent with experience with these negotiations.