We Deliver Detailed and Thorough Inspection Reports
A home inspection is a visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. The inspector will substantially adhere to the Nevada Administrative Code 645D standards of practice that outlines what should be covered during a general home inspection, as well as what is excluded. Our inspector can provide you with a copy or online link to the standards of practice they follow. Our inspector will provide you with a written report, which will include photos and/or recommendations of his or her findings of the inspection.
Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns.
It is important to choose a home inspector who is qualified and holds a license or certification in the field. Some jurisdictions do not regulate home inspections, meaning that anyone could call themselves a home inspector. However, just because someone performs home inspections doesn’t mean that they’re actually qualified to do so. If you are buying or selling a home in an unregulated jurisdiction, make sure to look for a home inspector with the proper certifications. If you are located in a state or province that does require licensing of home inspectors, you should hire only a licensed professional.
Contact your state by phone or online to find out whether they license home inspectors and what qualifications they’re required to have. License numbers in licensing states may vary in appearance, but you should be able to verify them independently. If your state doesn’t require licensing, find out what qualifications and certifications your home inspector has.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI® – is the largest and most trusted home inspector association in the world. Its members undergo rigorous training to become Certified Professional Inspectors (CPIs)®. They also follow Standards of Practice and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Also, the Master Inspector Certification Board grants qualified inspectors the title of Certified Master Inspector® (CMI®), which is the highest professional designation in the inspection industry. Find out if your inspector is licensed and/or a CPI or CMI® before you hire him or her. This will ensure that you are hiring only an individual who has received the best training to become a home inspector.
Depending on the home’s age, size, and location, as well as the home inspector’s own work protocols and ethics, your home inspection will typically take up to three hours. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or ancillary services (such as mold or radon testing) may increase that time. It may be necessary for your inspector to bring in a helper for a very large property.
A home inspection is usually scheduled after an offer has been made and accepted but before the closing date. That way, the inspector can rule out any major defects that could be dangerous or costly. In rare cases—due to timing or contractual issues—the inspection can be scheduled after the closing date. If this is the case, the home buyer should schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date after closing.
What if your home inspector is also a licensed contractor? Sounds great, right? Not always. Although it may seem convenient to have an inspector who is also a contractor, it poses a conflict of interest. According to InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics:
The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member’s company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
Also, the Nevada Administrative Code 645D has a similar prohibition against the home inspector providing repairs to a structure that they or their company is inspecting.
If an inspector financially benefits from finding any defects, this can impact the accuracy of the report (whether intentional or not). Make sure the inspector you hire abides by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller.
Our certified home inspectors ensure thorough and reliable assessments, giving you peace of mind for your property transactions.
Our inspection identifies signs of wood-destroying pests, ensuring the structural integrity and safety of your home.
Yes, our experienced inspectors provide detailed assessments for commercial properties, addressing potential issues and concerns.
Our radon inspection services detect harmful radon gas levels, safeguarding your indoor air quality and health.
Sewer camera inspections identify hidden plumbing issues, helping prevent costly repairs and maintaining optimal sewer function.
Our thorough pre-purchase property inspections give buyers insights into a property’s condition, aiding informed decisions.
Our comprehensive inspections cover all major systems and components, ensuring you have a clear understanding of the property’s condition.
Our assessments provide an accurate evaluation of a residential property’s condition, assisting buyers, sellers, and homeowners.
You can easily schedule an inspection by contacting us at (775) 843-4375 or through our website.
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