By John Greening

Recently my wife and I relocated to a home near our daughter and her family. Arranging for the move included scheduling an inspection for the home we hoped to purchase. On the appointed day, the inspector methodically went through his checklist, carefully assessing the condition of the roof, siding, sump pump, HVAC and electrical systems, and plumbing. After two to three hours of examination, he reported that the house was in overall good condition but recommended a few fixes that would ensure its safety and functionality. His assessment reassured us that we were making a wise investment and armed us with a few requests for repairs or allowances as we settled on a final purchase price.

The home inspection process may be a bit intimidating for fear of finding a major problem that might kill the sale, but it is a valuable investment. Inspectors assure potential buyers that construction is up to code and the house is operationally sound, that it was constructed by acceptable practices and with appropriate materials. A seller displays good judgment by anticipating the inspection and by making repairs to ensure a favorable inspection report.

This process of inspection provides a parallel lesson churches must consider.