Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a visual, non-destructive examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A Home Inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal of the property.

Does a Home Inspector need a license in Louisiana?
Yes! In order to perform a home inspection in Louisiana, inspectors must hold an active license, carry E&O insurance, and meet yearly continuing education requirements.

The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors publishes a Standards and Practices and Code and Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report. These are considered minimum standards, however we at Colonial pride ourselves in providing an inspection that goes above and beyond these standards whenever possible. A copy of this document is provided to every client prior to the inspection.

Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Colonial Spec 003Buying 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 home you wish to purchase. A Home Inspection may identify the need for major repairs, builder oversights, safety concerns, and/or future maintenance needs. After the inspection, you will have the knowledge to help you make an informed decision with confidence.

If you already are a homeowner, a Home Inspection can help identify problems, and suggest preventive measures to help you maintain your home. And if you are planning to sell your home, a Home Inspection can help you address concerns before the home is listed.

Is there a way to determine a Home Inspector’s experience in the industry?
Actually the licenses are issued in numerical order starting with 10001. Ron was part of the group of Home Inspectors in the pre-licensing period. Ron’s number is 10084, and the numbers now range into the 10800’s.

What will it cost?
Inspection fees vary depending on a number of factors. Size, components, type of structure, and optional services are all factored into the price of the inspection.

Do not let the inspection fee be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a Home Inspection, or in the selection of your Home Inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost. The lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily the best inspection. The inspector’s qualifications, experience, training, and compliance with the state’s regulations should be the major factors in choosing your Home Inspector.

Why can’t I do it myself?
weird_ventEven the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional Home Inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, the proper installation of various materials, and maintenance and/or safety items. He knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function, and why they fail.

Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about a home that appeals to them. This can have an effect on how they see the home. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional.

Can a house fail a home inspection?
CrutchesNo! A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A Home Inspector describes a home’s physical condition and informs the client as to what components and systems may need major repair and/or replacement.

When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a Home Inspector is contacted immediately after a contract or purchase agreement has been signed. There is usually an inspection clause in the sales contract that allows you a period of time to have the needed inspections performed.

Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.  Although pictures are provided in the Inspection Report, it is much easier to understand the concerns when you can see them in person.

What if the report reveals problems?
wiring_cordsNo house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the home. As the saying goes, ‘everything can be fixed’. A Home Inspection will help you know what to expect, but only you know what is too much. The Inspection Report can help you or your real estate agent with negotiations, but the decision is ultimately yours. A Home Inspection will help you make an informed decision.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely! Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence and peace of mind. You’ll have learned many things about your new home, and will have that information for future reference.