As I wrap up another typical home inspection (80 years old, needing some repairs) , I wait for the most common asked question. "So, would you buy this house?" No, Mrs. Buyer, I already have one. "No, I mean, what do you think...is there any reason I shouldn't buy this? I mean based on the things you pointed out?"
Here is my typical response: In my experience, almost every home has some deferred maintenance, or a component near the end of it's life span, or other issues including those of safety that could be addressed. My job is to evaluate it's overall condition and prioritize any concerns, present them in a report so that you have what you need to make an informed decision.
My question to my Realtor friends is: What steps do you take with buyers, prior to and after the Home Inspection, to help frame issues and expectations?