As a small businessman, I often have to make a choice between paying a painful chunk of my hard earned revenue to have another professional do something for me, or spending my limited time and energy doing it myself. Business School types call that choice Opportunity Cost and it's been a topic of discussion in my household quite a bit of late. Whether it is me explaining to my son why I change my own brake pads but I hired someone to paint our house, or arguing with my wife over her desire to have a professional make our yard look perfect and my desire to teach my son how to work and save a few dollars that would be better spent on his college fund, choosing whether or not to do for ourselves is a near daily occurrence. When it comes to a Home Inspections, you have to read the document with opportunity costs in mind. A single minor issue can cost you as much as the Home Inspection to repair, or something minor that you think you can handle yourself for pennies takes 3 trips to the hardware store, 4 youtube videos, and an entire weekend to take care of. Rarely do I encounter older homes that are ready to move in without the buyer wanting to change something; I encounter buyers of brand new homes changing out fixtures, flooring, and paint. What is important is that you have your priorities clear and take some time to consider what current and potential deficiencies are going to cost in time and money. Just as different homes are going to have different upkeep needs, different owners will have different comfort levels for those needs. Matching up what the home is going to need with what you are willing to do or spend is essential to a good homebuying fit. Homes require upkeep. Period. If you have that in mind when buying a home you'll be much less upset on weekend trips to Lowes or when handing your credit card to the AC guy.
For more on this, take a look at this video where I take apart the shower in my house: