Most buyers really don't know what to expect during the home inspection. Should they attend? How long will it take? Here's a few tips to help you be prepared and know what to expect. Should you attend the home inspection? Yes. If at all possible plan on attending the home inspection. While it is not required for the buyer to be present during the inspection I've found that it helps. You get to see the inspector working and can learn great tips about preventative maintenance items.