It is interesting when you are looking to buy or sell a home, and a home inspector is hired to inspect the house. I have been involved in many such occurrences, and I generally find it quite humorous when you get the final inspection back.
Most of the home inspectors retain a certain level of personal pride in their work, and they feel if they don’t find something wrong with the house, that they have somehow failed the customer. Even if a house is brand new, and built right to code with no issues, they will still find something.
A family member of mine sold such a piece of property, and an inspection was done on the house. Basically, the house was almost perfect, but the inspector found a couple of shingles on the roof that were loose/worth replacing, along with a couple of other extremely minor details.
And while I appreciate the attention to detail, I really think it is funny that they feel they just have to find something wrong with the house. And at times, this can really be a problem for the buyer and seller, as it could really alter, if not kill the deal.
So my advice is, check your inspectors carefully. Ask them some probing questions like, “Have you ever been sued or complained about by a customer?”, and “Do you check for every nut and bolt, or do you generally just check for code compliance?”. Feel free to ask more questions, but these questions can reveal over-the-top inspectors that could be a potential problem for you, especially if you are the seller.
As you do more and more deals, you can then develop a list of inspectors you are confident in, and pass that advice on to your clients for speedy, informed decisions.