You’ve got an accepted offer on a GREAT new place. Congratulations! One of the next steps is hiring a home inspector to spend several hours pointing out everything that is wrong with this property while you follow him or her around trying to remember what a flying splice is, or the difference between a boiler and a furnace. Be easy on yourself. Homeownership comes with a whole new language, and your inspector may be your first (and best!) instructor. Don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions during the inspection, and if you have further questions once you’ve received the written report, a good inspector will take time to answer those by phone or e-mail.