Blair Broussard

Blair Broussard

Home Inspection – Buyer Edition

Buying a house can be daunting, especially in this competitive market. Sellers are getting multiple offers, with buyers oftentimes waving certain inspections and/or inspection periods, but I caution my clients to never skip the inspection period. Getting a home inspected by a licensed home inspector gives you a peek into the condition of your home before you buy. Here are some of the areas that are addressed during a home inspection:

  • Water heater
  • Dishwasher/disposal
  • Sink/tub/toilet in all bathrooms and utility rooms
  • AC/Heating units
  • Electrical wiring
  • Foundation
  • Attic
  • Roof

I tell all of my clients to think of a home inspection like going to your general physician for your yearly check-up. If your general physician finds anything out of the ordinary during your regular physical they will refer you to a cardiologist, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, or any other specialist to have the concern addressed. In the same way, the home inspector is going to inspect the home from top to bottom, inside and out, to compile a report of their findings. The home inspection report is an assessment of the house and its condition at the time and on the day of the inspection. The health of the home can change from day to day and a home inspector can’t guarantee that a hot water heater in perfect working order on the day of the inspection will indefinitely be in perfect working order. Even new construction homes with brand new appliances can become faulty within the first days, months, and years of homeownership.

If anything alarming stands out to the home inspector it will be noted in the report and the buyer is then responsible for getting a licensed technician for whatever area of the home needs to be addressed from the home inspection report. A common example of home inspection issues in south Louisiana is with the air conditioner, foundation, and roof. South Louisiana is notorious for hot and humid weather with a significant hurricane season. These factors mean that our air conditioners run regularly throughout the year, the foundation sits on shifting lands, and the roof endures countless storms with fierce winds. When these items come up on the home inspection report I always advise my clients to get a licensed professional to look at the roof, air conditioner, foundation, and any other line item from the home inspection report that they deem necessary to make them feel comfortable to proceed toward the act of sale.

It is the buyer’s responsibility to get the home inspected in any way in which they wish, I guide my clients to get the initial inspections depending on the condition of the home. Getting an inspection of any kind on a house informs the buyer of the current condition and any repairs, if needed, are required for the inspected item. Once the buyer is satisfied with the inspections we then present the findings to the seller with the requests for repairs, if any, to proceed toward the act of sale. The requests to the seller, if any, from the inspection process will vary from house to house and many times this stage requires some negotiations to come to an agreement between both parties. Each transaction is so different because each buyer has different goals, so once I get to this point in the process with my clients I lay out a plan based on their specific needs. The inspection period is for the Buyer to have the best understanding possible of the condition of the home they are purchasing.

*Home inspectors are independent contractors and I get no monetary compensation for any affiliation I have with any of the home inspectors I recommend to my clients.
*The list of items above is not an all-inclusive list of the items inspected by a licensed inspector.
*Each client is unique in their real estate goals as is each property. I advise my clients on a case-by-case basis.