Depending on the inspector, you could receive a 5 to 25 page inspection report. As a buyer, it's hard not to panic when you see everything on the report. As a Realtor, I know what to point out and what's important in each inspection. If you're asking the seller for a few repairs, I point out 5 important aspects to the inspections.
3. Roof Repairs
Everyone needs a roof over their head. Especially one that isn't leaking. Over time, houses are going to need shingles replaced and nails hammered back in. If you don't go on your roof too often, the homeowner may not know of fallen debris that's cause a small hole in the roof. The inspector will look in the attic to see if there are any holes or water moisture from rain coming in.
4. Heating and Air Conditioner
In my South Carolina market, it's crucial that the air conditioner is in working condition. We want to make sure the ductwork hasn't been damaged and the whole HVAC system seems to be working smoothly. As HVAC systems get older, they can be full of surprises. They could last one more month or 5 more years. I always suggest my buyers to ask the seller for a 1 Year Home Warranty to cover the HVAC Unit and other maintenance issues, just in case.
5. Water Damage
Everything listed above can come back to water damage. If you look at the ceiling, sometimes you can see old water damage. This may be an active leak, or could be an old leak that hasn't be repainted over. Inspectors will make sure wood isn't rotting and toilets aren't leaking. Make sure you're aware of any water leaks or damage to the home that you're buying.
Your Realtor should be able to break down the lengthy inspection report into simple categories. If you have the ability to ask the seller for repairs, make a list and figure out what's a priority and what you could live without. It's all about negotiating the items that are "can't live without."
Sometimes it pays to get a re-inspection after any repairs have been made. The same inspector should be able to come back out and verify if the repairs have been made.