Inspection Commonly asked Q & A

Q What Nevada Law Governs the licensing process and practice of home inspection?

A The primary law governing the practice of inspection is NRS/NAC 645D. Click here to review NRSD  – Click here to review NAC 645D


Q What does an inspector inspect?

A The inspector starts with the exterior of the property then ventures into the structure itself. The inspector will visually inspect the roof, specifically: The flashing, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. Structural inspectors then inspect the siding, trim, window, doors, decks and driveways/ walkways. After the exterior is complete an inspector visually inspects the interior components of the home, such as: the walls, plumbing appliances and so forth. In addition to noting any visible defects relating to the structure, inspectors will often test each system inspected. Once the inspection is complete the inspector will produce a written report that describes the systems and components of the home and their current condition.


Q What is the difference between Structural Inspection and Home Inspection?

A The structural inspection license allows the licensee to inspect any attachment to realty. (Including homes)


Q Why does an inspector inspect?

A An inspector would inform all interested parties (such as buyer and seller) of any defects apparent with the properties current condition.


Q How many hours of education are required before a prospective licensee can take the licensing exam?

A The state of Nevada requires a minimum of 40 hours of inspection education before an individual can take the state licensing examination. Key Realty School offers 60 hours of class because the course includes 20 hours of onsite inspection training as well as the 40 hours of classroom instruction.


Q When is the state exam administered and who administers it?

A Currently, the state of Nevada contracts to a third party proctor. Pearson VUE testing is the current proctor. Click here to explore additional state licensing exam information. 


Q What textbooks and materials are used outside of the classroom lecture to better prepare for the licensing exam?

A The NHIE has created reference and review textbooks to better prepare for the inspection examination. The course textbook titled NHIE Mechanical and Content Manual and the state law manuals are included in the course 101 tuition. The course tuition does not include the NHIE Structural and Business Manual which is not required for the course but recommended to better prepare for the Inspection licensing exam and further understand practical concepts as they relate to the field of inspection.  Use this link to explore the textbooks and additional textbook purchasing options


Q What other requirements must the prospective licensee complete before they are granted a license?

A After taking the examination, the state of Nevada requires prospective licensees to complete one of two training programs: Either 25 inspections with an already existing inspector or an onsite educational program equal to the 25 inspections. Key Realty School will commence its instruction of the onsite inspection course (commonly referred to as inspection 102) in February of 2003.


Q How in demand are inspectors or the inspection process?

A Inspections are not required by Nevada law, but companies will always require inspections on properties being sold. Inspections will relieve the company of liability concurring on the structural integrity of the property. Because certain cities in Nevada are continuously growing (some among the fastest in the nation)  homes are always being bought and sold. Therefore, inspections are constantly needed.


Q How much does the average inspection cost and what can the inspector expect to retain from this fee?

A The average inspection costs $300. The inspector can expect to retain this whole fee if they are the sole owner of the inspection performed. If the inspector works under an existing inspection company, the inspector will split the inspection fee for the agreed upon percentage or amount.