I apparently must think differently than most people. When I go to purchase whatever house we end up finding, I will assume it's priced accordingly for the condition it is in and my offer will be based on the condition it is in. My idea of the purpose of an inspection is to make sure there are no hidden problems that I cannot see with my eyes.....termites, rotting, water damage, foundation problems..that kind of major stuff that would make you change your mind on purchasing a house.
We had our inspection yesterday and got the buyers list of "demands" today. Wow. Very nit picky and stuff that was already made known from the beginning and we priced our house accordingly. It is not a new house. The roof is not new. It has no leaks. It will probably need to be replaced in about 3-4 years. If we had put a new roof on it (and the shop and shed), we certainly would not have priced it as we did.
We had a good friend sell her older home recently. She's a tough lady - when her inspection came back with all this nit picky stuff she just told them nope. It sells as is. And she didn't go into her new home making any demands to fix this or that. She did the same as I would do - had an inspection to make sure there wasn't anything major she wasn't aware of.
oh, and guess what she asked for, as we had been outside talking to her while the guy was doing the inspection. The shower curtain! (Cheryl will get a kick out of that, huh?!) Then as we were walking her through some things and DH telling her where main water valve is on the property and stuff like that, she's asking for half of my yard decorations. Are you leaving this...are you leaving that? I can be super generous.....up to a point.