This post is proof positive that a H-I's only purpose is to get a lower price for the buyer. They may have had some structural or safety purposes in the past, but not they are just whores.
Also Tom, you should be ashamed for making this post.
Why? This is how real estate transactions are structured in the United States. Anybody who says different is selling something. It's an incredibly inefficient and stupid part of the process, but if you're operating with standard buy/sell contracts then you and the seller have agreed to negotiate repairs only on the basis of a home inspection. If you have other repairs you want to make, or want to use a contractor rather than an inspector, for example, you can easily try to negotiate those additional terms.
The big problem is that the home inspectors don't *admit* that that is how the system works, and as a result people who don't do a lot of buying and selling both (a) may make the wrong decisions in terms of repairs and (b) unjustifiable rely on the evaluation of a home inspector.
The home inspector who fails to explain this is the one who should be ashamed of himself or herself, as should the real estate agent who fails to explain the process honestly.
There is nothing wrong with my explaining how the process works and what a rational buyer's course of action should be. The fact is that the contract calls for an inspection contingency. The inspector, who usually does not do an adequate job, picked something to write up. The inspector identified this work to be done. Under the agreement between purchaser and seller, things identified by the inspector usually have to be remedied by the seller or the price of those things is deducted from the purchase price. Usually the contract doesn't obligate the buyer to actually do the work if the cost of it is deducted from the purchase price.
In point of fact, I even went so far as to suggest paying the electrician for his time even if you didn't use the quote.
So please stop directing your anger at the stupid home inspection process towards me for explaining how real estate transactions work.