The purpose of the home inspection has changed greatly over the years; originally it was to put the buyers mind at ease when they were buying a home. Now its purpose is 2 fold: first it helps cover the RealtorsÂ® butt in regard to potential lawsuits and second itâ€™s the hammer in the final piece of the negotiation. Having said the above, I think the best strategy when selling an older home is to have a pre-inspection done disclose the pre-inspection to all potential buyers, repair all necessary safety related issues, and state that other inspections are welcome and if any new safety related issues are found they will be corrected. But in inspection for the purpose of creating a wish list will not be accepted nor looked kindly upon. When you hire an inspector try to hire a engineer or architect someone with credentials is important if you have to argue about an issue.