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What do inspectors look for during the inspection?

Asked by Trulia Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV Fri Dec 7, 2012

Is there a standard checklist that one can obtain? If one would like to make sure that they have covered all of the items so there will be the least amount of work to do at the last minute or something that will slow down the sales process, what are some to-do's like re-paint etc?

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HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

The following are "SOME" typical problems or occurrences to look for in the major components and systems of the home while doing an inspection.

ROOF
Is the ridge (peak) showing a sag, or is it straight and level?
Is the roof sagging between the rafters or trusses?
Are there any signs of deterioration of asphalt shingles, such as curling, warping, broken edges, rounded corners or key holes(slits) becoming wider that normal?
Any loose flashing's, at the chimney, roof-to-wall connection or elsewhere?
Does the wooden roof deck appear rotten or delaminate under the last row of shingles?
Are there any roof vents visible?

CHIMNEYS
Is the masonry cap cracked or broken?
Are any bricks flaking or missing? Mortar missing?
Is the chimney leaning?

SOFFITS AND FASCIA
Note whether the soffit and fascia are wood, aluminum or plastic.
Any loose or missing sections?
If wood, are there any paint problems? Any visible rot?

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
Ensure gutters slope down toward downspouts.
Any rust or peeling paint?
Apparent leaks or loose/sagging sections?
Are the downspouts extended away from the foundations?

WALL COVERINGS
Look for missing mortar
Are the bricks flaking or cracking?
Look for loose, missing or rotten siding, deteriorated paint.>
Does the siding appear new? Does it hide the foundation wall?
Exterior walls bowed, bulged or leaning?

WINDOWS AND DOORS
Look for problems with paint or caulking, and rotted wood components.
Are the windows new or older? Are they the original windows? How old are they?

PORCHES AND DECKS
Cracking or flaking masonry?
Check for paint problems, rotted wood, and wood-earth contact.
Note any settlement or separation from the house.
Inspect the underside, if accessible.

FOUNDATIONS
Check for cracks, flaking or damaged masonry.
Note any water markings and efflorescence (whitish, chalky substance)
Any bowing, bulging or other irregularities?
Soft mortar?

LOT AREA
Does the grade slope away from the house?
Any settled/low areas next to the foundation, or cracked walks/driveway?
Is the property lower than the street or neighboring properties?

BASEMENT
Note any evidence of water penetration (stains, mildew/odors, efflorescence, loose tiles etc.)

FLOORS
Check for deteriorated coverings or cracked ceramics.
Any water staining or other damage?
Sloping or sagging?

WALLS
Randomly sample to check that the windows and doors work.
Are the walls straight vertically and horizontally?
Look for cracked or loose plaster.
Look for stains, physical damage or previous repair evidence.
Any drywall seams or nails showing?

CEILINGS
Check for cracks in the plaster or loose, sagging plaster.
Look for stains, mechanical damage or evidence of previous repair.
Seams or nails showing?

BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS
Check that all fixtures are secure.
Are there any cracks in the fixtures?
Note the condition of the tiles and caulking in the tub/shower area.
Are the faucets working? Do they leak? Sufficient water pressure?
Look for staining and rot under the counter-tops
Randomly sample the operation of the cabinet doors and drawers.

ELECTRO-MECHANICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Type, style and age of heating & cooling systems. When were they last inspected or serviced?
Type of water supply piping and drains - any visible rust and corrosion?
Size and age of electrical service - are the outlets grounded? Visible wiring in good condition?
Have there been any upgrades?





Nadia Lewis
Keller Williams Southern Nevada
2900 Horizon Ridge Parkway, Ste 101
Henderson, NV 89052
702-219-6884 Cell
702-777-0002 x 2763 Office
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
Inspector will look for every defect or problem related with the property. From the roof, air aconditioned, electrical panels, floor, walls, windows, plumbling to termites presence. Hiring a certified home inspector is vital when you are buying a property.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace

http://www.Flahomespecialist.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 20, 2012
Nadia's description of what we inspect is good. Choose your inspector carefully. There is a page on my website that provides the general items described below. An inspection does not slow the process, and will educate you about the property that can possibly be negotiated with the seller via your agent. If you have any questions you may send an email.

Lee Taylor
Valley Property Inspections, LLC
702-616-6775
LVInspector@yahoo.com
http://www.lasvegasinspector.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 28, 2012
Persons performing Home Inspections in Nevada have to be Certified by the Nevada Real Estate Division. Whit that they have to inspect ta minimum of items. Those Standards of Practice can be found here http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-645D.html#NAC645DSec450 Look under Inspection of Structures.

Some inspectors will also follow the SOP of the association they belong to. They still have to follow the states requirements and use the associations as a supplement. If you would like some referrals to good inspectors in your area feel free to contact me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 23, 2012
Inspectors check everything - mechanical, structural, appliances, etc.
Most of what they find are items you didn't know were a problem like no GFI or Garage door to house does not slam closed. You can get an inspection early on to fix problems ahead of time. Listen to your Realtor in regards to what should be painted or fixed as we work with buyers and know what they care and don't care about.
Let me know if you'd like my help.
http://www.VegasHomeExpert.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2012
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