What is a Home Inspection?
What is a Home Inspection? Back to top
A home inspection performed by General Inspection, is a professional, complete visual non-intrusive examination of the all the mechanical systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchasers buying decision. A typed and bound professionally written report with digital photos siting noted defects is delivered by the next business day. This document is a valuable tool for negotiations, warranties, insurance, financing and closing.
Why do I need a Home Inspection? Back to top
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection performed by General Inspection, will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
What does a Home Inspection include? Back to top
Our standard inspection report covers all the major mechanical systems and structural elements of the house. The inspection is in compliance with the "Standards of Practice" set forth by LSHBI, ASHI and NAHI. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures. For a complete listing of the LSBHI, ASHI, NAHI "Standards of Practice" please go to links.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection? Back to top
No, you arent required to be there for the inspection. But it is helpful for you be present. Its a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel youll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
How long will the Inspection take? Back to top
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2-3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer. Your home is our top priority! We will take the time necessary to fully inspect problems that are identified during the inspection.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection? Back to top
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We offer punch-list and building phase inspections. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. Its especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where a sub-contractor or builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.
Why cant I do the Inspection myself? Back to top
You should inspect your own home as well. We use our experience and a systematic evaluation based on a check-list of over 2000 items in the home. Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you will benifit from the training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. Most purchase agreements are pending the results of a Home Inspection. Our professionally written, typed and bound report with digital photos of sited defects, is a valuable resource for negotiations, warranties, insurance and financing. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, its impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems? Back to top
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to discuss with your agent to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection? Back to top
No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), and Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors (LSBHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.