One of the most important steps in purchasing a home is to have a home inspection. Depending on the property you are looking to purchase the cost of a good inspection will be between $250-$750 and the investment is well worth it. A good home inspection will cover the following areas: # 1 Roofing / Chimneys and Roof Structure / Attic # 2 Exterior # 3 Garage # 4 Kitchen Components and Appliances # 5 Rooms # 6 Bathrooms and Components # 7 Structural Components # 8 Plumbing System # 9 Electrical System # 10 Heating / Central Air Conditioning Many states require home inspectors to be licensed. Check to see if your state has such requirements. There are also national organizations like the American Society of Home Inspectors which provide a list of certified inspectors. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has a few resources that I have found helpful including this article I recommend you print before contacting a home inspector: Ten Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector Your real estate agent will likely have a person they recommend. Before you agree to use this person ask some of the questions from the above article and ask to see a sample report of what you can expect for your money.