Between Jessica and I we've been selling homes for over 20 years. This experience allows us to be able to find potential big problems when showing homes. These problems can include but are not limited to: Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Permits.

If there happens to be a big problem, that doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house. What it does mean is maybe it's in your best interest to factor that into an offer you make. You'll still have the opportunity to inspect the house at a later point in time, but knocking out a big issue up front can eliminate a lot of stress later once you've lost time and money.

Let's use a plumbing issue as an example. You point it out and use it as justification for your offer. During the home inspection it's revealed that not only is there a plumbing issue, but now you're aware there is rotting wood and possibly mold. You have every right to negotiate things further since you've discovered the problem was bigger than anticipated. You should be able to walk away if you choose.

On the flip side, let's say the inspection didn't reveal any additional damage from the plumbing issue you used to help justify your offer that was accepted. Great, you've addressed the issue and can move forward. If additional things were found wrong in other parts of the home you can ask for a credit or things to be fixed. It's all a negotiation at this point, and your level of comfort is part of the negotiation.

I need to disclose that what options you have regarding inspections and negotiations can depend on your realtor and how they approach things. This article is based on how The Colorado Springs Group approaches things.