One of the critical issues in the sale of a home after a contract is signed is the home inspection. This is often where deals fall apart. If you are going to put your home on the market -Consider hiring a home inspector. So being proactive about your home’s condition will help you avoid any surprises or complications with the contract and closing later. And, although you don’t have to make any non-essential repairs, you may discover essential ones of which you may be unaware of and it is usually more cost effective to take care of them yourself.