What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the home and it's systems performed by a licenced Nevada home inspector. A typical Las Vegas home inspection will take about 1-2 hours and will cover many different areas of the home such as plumbing, electrical, heating & air conditioning, roof & attic, framing & structure, lot drainage, and lot grade.
Do I Need a Home Inspection?
I highly recommend a home inspection for all Las Vegas area properties, but a home inspection is not required in order to purchase a home. Obtaining a Las Vegas home inspection for a few hundred dollars during the first few days after an accepted contract could save you thousands of dollars later on when it's too late. Many times a seller will correct inspection issues before the sale of the home is complete. Other times a seller may offer a credit or a price reduction, depending on the results of the inspection.
What happens if the Home Inspector finds mold in the home?
If a Las Vegas Home Inspector finds an area of the home that appears to have mold, they will usually recommend that you have that area inspected and tested by a Nevada Mold Inspector to determine if it is in fact mold and if it is a health risk. Most Nevada Home Inspectors are not licensed to perform a Mold Inspection and therefore will not inspect or test that area any further. The Las Vegas home inspector will reference that area on the Home Inspection Report as having possible water damage and note the importance to seek the advice of a licenced Mold Inspector for further evaluation.
Who Pays for the Home Inspection?
In Nevada, typically the buyer pays for the home inspection and chooses their own Las Vegas area home inspector. The inspection fee is usually paid for at the time of inspection.
How Much is a Home Inspection?
Fees vary from company to company and are usually based off of the square footage of the home. You can expect to pay anywhere around $250 to $350 for an average home under 25 years old. An older home may cost just a bit more. If the home has a pool or spa and you would like it to be part of the Las Vegas home inspection, an additional fee of around $25 to $75 may be charged. Contact your local Nevada home inspector for exact pricing. You can also contact me for a referral to some great inspectors around town.
Can I Do My Own Home Inspection?
Yes, but I always recommend that all buyers obtain a licensed Nevada home inspector to complete the job. There are many potential fire hazards and safety issues that the untrained eye can miss.
Here are some good reasons to get your Las Vegas area home inspected by a licensed home inspector...
Disconnected fireplace flue on a new construction home.
Crushed dryer vent. Fire hazzard.