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.
Be aware of the influence of agents when making your choice of inspector. Agents are in the business of selling houses. Inspection reports, by their very nature, don’t sell houses, they just inform. Would you depend on a used car salesman to tell you if the car is in good condition? Agents are not bad guys…they’re just in worse possible position to advise you on choice of inspector. The better the inspector, the more likely an agent will lose his commission.
I don’t solicit agents for inspection referrals. By shutting the door to the influence of agents, I’m left with only your interests to serve.
No house is ever perfect, not even new ones. 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 on today’s newly constructed homes.
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 14 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 as the State Board of Home Inspectors has never adopted an educational standard for home inspectors. It’s each on their own, and so I learn on my own, researching new issues as I encounter them and improve my expertise with each inspection.
My inspections basically cover what I can see and what I know. I research what I don’t recognize on every inspection. 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 and my reports concise. I don’t waste your attention. I write 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.