A home inspection can save you a lot of grief and money later by unearthing potential problems. An inspection details the condition of the home, inside and out, assessing electrical, plumbing, ventilation, structural elements, and any appliances included in the purchase such as a washer and dryer. Typically, inspections take 3‑4 hours and you have the option of attending. Since you are the one ordering (and paying for) the home inspection, you get to choose the inspector. Even if your agent recommends someone, check credentials to make sure the inspector is associated with a reputable professional home inspection association. Costs vary, depending on the location, size of the home and any special concerns, such as worries about asbestos. A rough estimate would be between $300 and $600.