Every house has its own story, even before the first folks move in. As someone who reads houses, I learn that story so you can make a more informed decision on the house.
Beware of the influence of agents when making your choice of inspector. They have no stake in the condition of the house, just their commission. The better the inspector, the more likely an agent will lose that commission. They’re not bad guys, just the worse possible person to ask for an inspector referral.
I don’t solicit agents for inspection referrals. By shutting the door to the influence of agents, I’m left with your interests alone to serve.
No house is ever perfect, not even new ones. The day I find a perfect house, I’ll know I’ve died and gone to heaven.
Even newly constructed homes are not perfect. The building codes are just minimum standards, much is not inspected by the code authorities, much can still go wrong and, based on my experience, much does go wrong.
I don’t make things up in my reports. It’s either common sense or I back it up.
I’m licensed locally in electrical and AC/heating service. My 15 years as an inspector was preceded by 14 years self-employed in the trades, serving all major trades but plumbing.
My expertise as a home inspector is almost entirely homegrown. The State Board of Home Inspectors has never adopted an educational standard. It’s each to their own, and so I’m constantly learning as much as I can.
My inspections basically cover what I can see and what I know. I research what I don’t know. My inspections run from 1 to 4 hours, averaging about 2 1/2 hours onsite. The customized report writing is done offsite, and takes the rest of the day. Reports are Emailed within 24 hours of the commencement of the inspection.
My inspections are thorough, my reports brief and to the point, just like this web page. You will not find a report as easy to read anywhere in the state. I don’t waste your attention either, I write only what you need to know and what you want to know.
My name is Marc LeBlanc. I own Sherlock Inspection, serving south-central Louisiana with integrity since 2003. You want me as your inspector because of my dual expertise in inspecting and in reporting, and because I tell you exactly what I find.