A little more info is needed I think. For example you say "inspection items were listed in the contract". Do you mean walkthrough items such as furnace, appliances, etc, or do you mean items you have asked for on an inspection addendum? Do you have a buyer agent that is helping you with your contract and/or inspection addendum?
Did the Seller sign off agreeing to fix the items and now you are at the day of settlement and they are not done? Perhaps you could escrow funds to assure you these items will be fixed.
If you would like to call me and discuss it further, I live and work in Springfield.
This is another example of why "nickel-and-diming" a deal most often backfires. Get a good settlement agent who's lawyered up.
Have your realtor talk with buyer's realtor and see what is really important.
Judy Berg United Broker's Group Phoenix AZ