Home Inspection FAQs

According to the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors website some of the most frequently asked questions are:
What does a standard Home Inspection include?
During an inspection, the inspector will review the readily accessible exposed portions of the structure of the home, including the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, basement and foundation, as well as the heating/air conditioning systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems for potential problems.
Keep in mind that a home inspection is not intended to point out every small problem or invisible/latent defect in a home. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent to the buyer without the aid of a professional.
Why is a Home Inspection so important?
The purchase of a home is one the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase. A home inspection by a LSBHI-licensed inspector helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs and post-purchase headaches.
It's important to remember that a reputable home inspector will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
What's more, home inspections are not just for new home buyers. For existing homeowners, an inspection may be considered in order to identify problems in the making, and to learn important preventive measures to avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you also may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
How do I find a reputable home inspector?
The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors goes to great lengths to ensure that all its licensed inspectors are fully-trained and certified, and that they meet our impeccably high standards for professionalism, expertise and reliability.
Real estate agents are also generally familiar with reputable home inspection service providers, and should be able to provide you with a list of names from which to choose. Whatever your referral source, you will want to make sure that the home inspector is LSBHI-licensed.
Do I have to be present for the home inspection?
Technically, no, but LSBHI highly recommends that you attend, for several reasons:
  1. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly.
  2. You will learn, first-hand, about the condition of the home and become familiar with all its features and components.
  3. You will get to know how various systems work, and how to maintain them. If for any reason you cannot attend the inspection, you can still rest easy knowing that your LSBHI-licensed home inspector will provide you with a comprehensive, written report describing the inspection and its findings.
However, there's simply no substitute for actually being there while the inspection takes place. Make time to be there!
What if my inspector finds problems with the home?
First of all, it's important to remember that virtually no home is perfect. If your inspector does identify some problems with the home, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.
What's more, you may be able to negotiate the purchase price of the home with the seller if significant problems are found, which will help you offset the required repair costs.
If the house checks out OK, did I really need an inspection in the first place?
Most certainly, yes. Now that your new home has been thoroughly inspected, you can complete your home purchase with confidence in its overall condition and its vital systems and components. You will also have become knowledgeable about your new home's structure and systems, and can keep that information handy for future reference.
The information from this page was used from the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors website.  Please visit their website for laws and rules and the latest information regarding home inspections in the state of Louisiana.