A few things to expect when doing your home inspection:
-Home inspections can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on how large the house is and how many questions you ask the inspector.
-You may either follow the inspector around the house or let him/her go through entirely then review items that were found at the end of the inspection.
-The inspector should do a thorough job of looking at all aspects of the house including underneath the house if it has a crawl space, the roof, outlets, AC/heating units, exhausts, windows, leaks or water damage, healthy and safety codes, exterior items, etc. If the issue is out of the realms of the inspectors knowledge he/she may advise you to consult with a professional ie: plumber, roofer, electrician, contractor, etc.
-Bring cash, check, or credit card to pay the inspector at the end of the inspection. Accepted payment types may vary depending on the company policies.
-Inspections can typically cost anywhere from $250-500 depending on the size and inspector.
-You should receive a copy of your full report with photos and an itemized list of everything they discovered.
-Not all buyers need to be present at the inspection but it is encouraged so that everyone has the opportunity to ask any questions on the spot.