Everything You Need to Know About Louisiana Licensed Home Inspectors
Home inspectors and realtors have the same ultimate goal, which is to help homebuyers make the most informed decision about their new property! LSBHI has compiled materials for real estate agents to easily share with homebuyers, so we can work together to make the home buying process efficient and informative. The following are some of the most common questions realtors receive from prospective homebuyers.
Where Do I Find a Louisiana Licensed Home Inspector?
LSBHI offers an easy-to-use Find an Inspector tool that homebuyers can use to search by Inspector Name, Zip Code, and Search Radius.
Do I Need a Home Inspection?
There is a specific legislature connecting Louisiana Law and home inspections. In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law requiring all persons performing home inspections to be licensed by the State of Louisiana. This mandate protects the health and safety of prospective homebuyers because they receive a thorough evaluation of the home and its operating systems.
What Can I Expect from a Home Inspection?
During a home inspection, the visual examination is only half of the evaluation. A licensed home inspector is trained to look for possible damage and hazards a homeowner might not catch until the damage becomes more advanced and will then diligently document the damage so the homebuyer can make confident purchasing decisions. A home inspection will include the following:
- A visual examination of the major components and operating systems of the property
- An unbiased and professional opinion of the condition of the property
- Documentation of significant visible deficiencies on the day of the inspection
- Professional recommendations
- Specialized knowledge for a more informed home purchasing decision
Home Inspection Checklist
When working with a Louisiana licensed home inspector, you know that they have the training and certifications to give a thorough, visual examination of the property. The prospective home buyer can benefit from keeping these property elements in mind to ask questions of their inspector during the course of the inspection:
- Exterior. Take a good look at the exterior of the property, such as doorframes, siding, and windows. Look at the siding of the home, as well as the gutters and exposed wood.
- Foundation. A licensed home inspector will be able to tell you if the visible elements of the home’s foundation show signs of age or wear. A home buyer should take note of possible issues such as standing water, cracks in the foundation, or visible decay.
- Interior. While walking through the house, look for signs of possible water or interior damages. Experienced home inspectors use all of their senses to detect possible signs of damage, such strange odors or unusual sounds.
- Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical. Your home inspector will not take anything apart, but they can detect possible signs of damage, such as rusted or leaking pipes. This also goes for sources of electricity. Your inspector will note if there is any immediately exposed or damaged wiring.