Our job is to inform them about the house.
Our job is not to know if it will be a mistake. What is a mistake for one person might be just the right house for someone else.
Our job is not necessarily if the buyer will incurring significant costs. Many times the buyers plan to renovate, and plan to invest significant costs into the home. But they still want an inspection to understand the scope of the work needed so they can budget accordingly.
What is “easy” is relative.
What is an easy fix for one person may be difficult for someone else.
I’ve had clients who think they need to call a specialist if there is one sprinkler not pointing in the right direction, and I’ve had other clients who had the expertise to level the home and start over.
Some clients want the house to be “perfect” some clients want a “project”.
Some clients hope there is nothing major that needs to be addressed, some clients just want the land the home is on and only got the inspection as negotiating leverage.
I had one client who seriously did not care there was a hole in the roof and it was raining inside the living room. “A simple roof repair” he called it. I had another client freak out over a bad shower divertor. What is important to one client may be a non-issue to someone else.
I’ve inspected high end kitchens in million dollar homes where the client wanted to gut a perfectly nice kitchen, and I’ve inspected very dated kitchens with crack tiles and other issues that the client called “a dream kitchen” who didn’t want to touch a thing.
The individual buyer decides what is “easy” and what is “hard”. I inform, document, and give advice when asked, but only they know what is a mistake and what is not.