When all is said and done, buying a home is exciting—and a milestone to be celebrated. But if you expect each step of the process to be a thrill ride, we're here to tell you you're sorely mistaken. In fact, between the rush of the hunt for the perfect place and the extreme satisfaction of crossing your threshold as a new homeowner, the rest of the home-buying process can be a bit of a slog. There are many unglamorous parts of buying a home—some of which many consider downright boring. Do the words "financial due diligence" make your eyelids feel heavy? Yeah, ours too. But when you know what to expect and why, it’s a whole lot easier to deal. So pay attention to these three very mundane—but very important—parts of the home-buying process. We've outlined why they matter and how to get through them without losing your sanity.