Home inspections should be for the purpose of identifying major problems with a home or environmental hazards such as radon, mold, lead and even asbestos found in some of the older homes with the old popcorn ceilings.  The components of the home should focus primarily on structural or foundation issues, unsafe decks, balconies, steps, roof, exterior, plumbing, electrical, furnace, appliances, fireplaces, hot water heater, windows, ventilation, and even concrete driveways and sidewalks. In rural areas you need to also include wells and septic systems.

Unfortunately, somewhere during the process, I think buyers have veered off track with all this.  Some buyers think they need to ask you to do practically everything cited by an inspection report or even the littlest of things they found on their own.

Cosmetic things like a new screen door because of a small tear, replacing knobs on cabinets because a few are missing, painting rooms they don’t like the color, landscaping, fixing leaky faucets, replacing trim and doors, removing popcorn ceilings, replacing tile or carpet because it is worn or chipped are a few of the things that should not be expected for a Seller to repair o replace. None of these are considered a current hazard or a potentially large expense in the near future.  Buyers should recognize the age of the home and expect normal wear and tear of an existing home.  Buyers should also not expect a Seller to make improvements for individual preferences.