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There are questions and concerns many clients have - listed here are four of the most common with simple but honest  answers. The - Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors - website has an abundant amount of information that you the  buyer or seller might be interested in. • Can a Home actually "fail" an inspection? Realistically speaking, No. An inspection is merely a thorough examination of the home's    current condition. It is neither  an appraisal (which determines market value) nor a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home  inspector, therefore, will not "pass" or "fail" a house, but will accurately and objectively describe its physical condition  and indicate potential problems or concerns.  • 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 / needed repair costs. • What exactly is a Home Inspection?  A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential  building. However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal,  warranty evaluation, building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of  the property. • 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.
More discussion on Home Inspections and it’s importance First lets start with the Seller and the benefit of a pre-sale home inspection As we live in a home for a period of time we get “comfortable”. At that point we tend to forget or put off the little things that need to be tended to. And without too much regard we list the home to sell and a potential buyer comes in with a home inspector. Now you have several options, fix/repair, bring down your price, offer an allowance to the buyer for repairs (same thing as reducing the price). The only benefit is that you sell the home. • Support your asking price by advertising that your home is already inspected and has no surprises. I will provide your agent with a public link to the inspection report that will separate your ad listing from all the rest. Buyers can see the clean inspection report and be one step closer in scheduling a walk-through. • If deficiencies are found, know now before a buyer comes along and adjusts the price or make repairs at realistic costs, not inflated estimates in the heat of negotiations. Call for a re- inspection after repairs are performed and I can provide a fresh inspection report that you can link to on your listing. Now lets discuss the Buyer  • Making an investment in your investment, like the saying goes, “know before you owe”. Do you want to get into a home that needs immediate repairs that you were not aware of? The heating and air works, but is it the right size for that home? What about the roof? Plumbing leaks? What about the electrical - open grounds, reverse polarity, double tapping at the breaker, are the wires and breakers the right size? So many questions. You found the house you want to make a home, so lets do that without surprises that cause disappointments and a lot more money than you want to spend. • Providing you with leverage and knowledge, Ask yourself, do you buy a car and not test drive it to make sure the various components work? Not too much different with a home other than the money part. An inspection gives you leverage in negotiating a price to help you in acquiring the home. The knowledge you gain helps you in making preparations in your budget for repairs if / when needed. That knowledge also gives you the ability to make a sound and informative decision whether to purchase or not. Buying a home is stressful especially for first time home buyers. But at the same time it is fun and exciting, the plans that are being made to paint, decorate and so on. But be careful with the romantic thoughts, the impulse and passion. These get people into trouble, know what you are getting into and then decide. I have worked for different contractors over the years around the country. I have seen many different kinds of end results. In an inspection it is very difficult to find some “short cuts” because of wall, ceiling or floor coverings. Unless that short cut is so dramatic that an area is bulging or sinking. But the good news is that there are sometimes other little tell-tale signs to look for and a couple of little techniques to use. Aside from a level or square, a flash light is a fantastic tool. Some of those weekend projects are not always done correctly as they should be. And a home inspection can for the most part find that. Cosmetics is not always a concern, the concern is what is the cosmetic (patch) hiding. The reason for a home inspection is not to just inform you of what is necessarily working or constructed properly but what is not. It is to educate you about your investment. The home inspector goes in without prejudice and unbiased, observes, tests and reports on findings that can become or are currently an issue.
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