Whether you’re buying or selling a home in the Shreveport / Bossier City area, hiring a State Licensed Home Inspector will give you peace of mind through your transaction and give you the important information you need on your future investment.
TYPES OF INSPECTIONS
Homeowner Maintenance Inspections
WHAT IS INSPECTED
Structure and Foundation
Roofs and Attics
Basements and Crawl Spaces
Gutters and Drainage
Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
Decks and Porches
Exterior Components and Finishes
General Site Conditions
WHAT IS INSPECTED AND OPERATED
Furnace and A/C
Kitchen and Bath Plumbing Fixtures
Lights and Receptacles
Windows and Doors
Project Coaching and Counseling
WHAT DOES AN INSPECTION COST?
If I’ve been asked once, I’ve been asked 100 times; “why should I spend another $350-$500 if I don’t have to”? Buying a home is not just another purchase, it’s an investment and one that you and your family will live in for years. My question is, why would you NOT spend another $350-$500 to have a Professional Home Inspector go through the home. We are trained Professionals with a process of systematically going through every home and checking every system in that home.
The home inspection report is a thorough document stating whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect; which items need replacement and which should be repaired or serviced; items that are suitable for now but that should be monitored closely. We inform you about routine maintenance that should be performed, which can be a great help if you are a first-time home buyer or have owned homes for years. The home inspection report may also be used as a contingency in your purchase offer. This contingency provides that if significant defects are revealed, you can back out of your offer, free of penalty, within a certain time frame.
A home inspection will cost you a little bit of time and money, but in the long run you'll be glad you did it. The inspection can reveal problems that you may be able to get the current owners to fix before you move in, saving you time and money. If you are a first-time home buyer, an inspection can give you a crash course in home maintenance and a checklist of items that need attention to make your home as safe and sound as possible. Don't skip this important step in the home-buying process, it's worth every penny.
Heated Square Foot Price:
2000 sq. feet or less $350.00
2001 to 2499 sq. feet $400.00
2500 to 2999 sq. feet $450.00
Above 3000 sq. feet is billed at .20 per foot heated.
Surcharge/processing fee for credit card payments 3.5%
Escrow billing $100.00
Crawlspace Inspection $150.00
Re-inspection $100.00 minimum. Call for quote
Sprinkler System Check $150.00
Return Check Fee $50.00
# of Square FeetPrice:
Under 1,000 sq. feet $350.00
1000 to 2000sq. feet $350.00
*fees are subject to change*
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
When should I schedule the home inspection?
As soon as you have an accepted offer. Most Real Estate contracts allow 7-10 days for the home inspection to be conducted. And, if something is found during the home inspection that needs further evaluation by a specialist, you’d like their feedback while in your inspection period as well.
What all is inspected during the inspection?
Louisiana Home Inspectors are governed by the State and a set of Standards and a Code of Ethics. However; I personally go above and beyond those Standards. The Standards state that walking a roof is not mandatory, and in some cases when the pitch is too steep, two story or the weather doesn’t permit, I will view a roof from the ground via binoculars and/or from a two story window.
Generally, I start at the roof, inspecting the gutters if any, looking at the general site conditions and drainage, visually looking at the exterior structure, foundation, going into the crawlspace if pier & beam, inspecting porches and/or decks. From there the attic, ventilation, insulation, any systems in the attic (such as water heaters, HVAC components, etc.), looking for signs of past roof leaks, inspecting the roof structure. Then I move into the interior of the home, going through each room thoroughly, operating windows, checking outlets, operating all appliance and plumbing fixtures, the HVAC system and electrical system.
At the end of the inspection I like to do a thorough walk-through with each customer and show them any defect I’ve noted and talk to them, answering any and all questions, before issuing the reports.
Do I need to be there during the inspection?
No. Generally, the inspection process can take anywhere from two to two and half, up to five or six hours, depending on the house. I do ask that the buyers meet me after I’ve done my inspection so I can do the walk-through with them, I find it easier to understand while reading through the reports if you’ve walked the property and we’ve talked about all the things you’ll find in the reports.
What do I do about the problems that are revealed in the reports?
No home is perfect!! Most Real Estate contracts read that you’re allowed an inspection period. At the end of that inspection period you’ll issue a “buyer’s response” written back to the seller with any issues noted and what you would like done, whether that’s a concession off the price of the house or to have the seller fix any issues that were found.
If the house is new or in really good condition, do I still need an inspection?
Defiantly!! Isn’t $350 - $500 a small price to pay for peace of mind on an investment like a home purchase?