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What is inspected - what is not inspected What is a home inspection
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 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. 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. 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 is NOT inspected. Unfortunately this can be frustrating for many people, Generators, Solar power systems, pools, spa’s, wells, septic systems, sprinkler and misting systems - these items are reserved for those that are licensed / qualified in those areas. Water filtration systems - only report their existance. Pests - such as wood destroying insects - this belongs to the pest control services - they hold a license from the Dept. of Agriculture. Unable to see through walls or ceilings - to report on issues - they must be visible. For more information as to what is required by a Louisiana Licensed Home Inspector, Please visit: Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors (Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics)
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