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Welcome, homebuyers of Las Vegas! Get ready to embark on an adventure as we dive headfirst into the captivating world of home inspections in Nevada. Grab your magnifying glass, put on your detective hat, and join us on this thrilling journey as we unlock the secrets of your potential dream home. In this pulse-pounding episode, we’ll reveal everything you need to know about home inspections and empower you to make well-informed decisions.


Imagine this: you’ve discovered the perfect home, and now it’s time for the Due Diligence period and a comprehensive inspection. But hold on tight, because we need to set realistic expectations right from the start. Contrary to popular belief, a home inspection is not a magical crystal ball that reveals every single flaw. However, fear not! By arming yourself with knowledge, you’ll be one step closer to turning that dream home into a reality.


Now, let’s address the notorious elephant in the room – that guy from the reality TV show. We’ve all seen those episodes where walls are torn down, revealing hidden horrors and leaving us in awe. But here’s the hard truth: those TV moments are far from the norm. Home inspectors, bound by the law, conduct non-destructive, non-intrusive inspections. No demolishing walls or tearing up floors here, folks! So, let’s recalibrate our expectations and focus on what can be visually assessed.


Remember, dear Buyers, there’s a term for issues hiding behind walls and ceilings – latent issues. These cunning culprits often elude even the most thorough inspection. But fear not! Our home inspectors possess specialized tools that can uncover some of these hidden secrets. With infrared thermal imaging, moisture meters, and borescopes at their disposal, they have the power to unveil potential lurking issues. It’s like having X-ray vision for your home!


But wait, there’s more! Let’s shed some light on the components and systems that fall outside the scope of a standard inspection. Think of them as a secret treasure trove waiting to be explored. These exclusions may include alarm systems, pool equipment, solar panels, irrigation components below ground, window treatments, septic systems, and more. They remain intriguing mysteries for you to discover and evaluate on your own.


Here’s a pro tip: Nevada home inspectors are prohibited by law from evaluating the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component. They are not code experts or licensed contractors. So, if you’re planning to knock down walls or evaluate the efficiency of your air conditioning, it’s best to consult professionals in those respective fields.


Remember that blog I wrote after an intense caffeine rush? “How is a cup of coffee like a Home Inspection and espresso like an Appraisal?” Well, here’s a friendly reminder: a home inspector is not an appraiser. Their expertise lies in identifying potential issues, not determining the value of a property. They serve as your heroes, providing valuable information to help you make informed decisions about your investment.


When it comes to a thorough home inspection in Southern Nevada, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a generic checklist of items to ensure your home inspector checks and photographs:


  1. Exterior:

– Roof condition, including shingles, flashing, and chimney

– Gutters and downspouts

– Siding, stucco, or exterior cladding

– Windows and doors, including seals and weatherstripping

– Foundation and grading around the property

– Decks, patios, and porches for structural integrity

– Driveways, walkways, and retaining walls


  1. Interior:

– Walls, ceilings, and floors for signs of damage or moisture

– Electrical system, including outlets, switches, and panel

– Plumbing system, checking for leaks and water pressure

– Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems

– Insulation and ventilation in the attic and crawl spaces

– Stairways, banisters, and handrails


  1. Kitchen:

– Appliances, including range, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator

– Sink, faucets, and garbage disposal

– Cabinets and countertops for any signs of damage or wear


  1. Bathroom:

– Toilet, sink, shower, and bathtub for functionality

– Check for leaks and water damage around fixtures


  1. Electrical System:

– Check the electrical panel for proper labeling and functionality

– Test outlets for proper grounding and functionality


  1. Plumbing System:

– Inspect visible pipes for leaks or signs of corrosion

– Test faucets, toilets, and showers for proper functioning


  1. HVAC System:

– Check the furnace, air conditioner, and ventilation system

– Test for proper heating and cooling in different areas of the house


  1. Attic:

– Inspect insulation and ventilation

– Look for signs of pests, leaks, or damage to the structure


Remember, this checklist serves as a general guide, and specific items may vary depending on the property’s unique features. It’s crucial to communicate your concerns and priorities with your Agent and home inspector in writing to ensure they address your specific needs.


Now that you’ve experienced the excitement and suspense of a Nevada home inspection, it’s time for the grand finale – a call to action! If you’re ready to purchase a home in Southern Nevada, Rossum Realty Unlimited agents are your trusted partners. They possess the knowledge, experience, and dedication to help you uncover your dream home and navigate the twists and turns of the real estate market.


-Love, SusieHomemakerLV


Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. Always consult a licensed home inspector and real estate professional for specific guidance tailored to your unique situation.

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