Every house has its own story, even before the first folks move in. As someone who reads houses, my job is to learn that story and then write it, allowing you to proceed with the home buying process in a more informed and intelligent manner.
Home buyers are no longer the only ones getting home inspection reports now. Sellers and agents are doing it too. Most of these other reports will likely end up being offered to prospective buyers for free or perhaps a nominal fee. While I won’t go into the motivations of these two other parties, the fact remains that neither has the same stake in the outcome of the Agreement to Purchase as the buyer does. Only the buyer has a major stake in the condition of the house. The other two are in it for the money, in the form of either a commission or the proceeds of the sale of the house. As long as a buyer remains diligent of this fact, these other reports cannot hurt him. Being diligent means to base a decision to purchase only on his own report, not the other two. A buyer’s failure to remain diligent can expose him to major financial damage in the form of major house issues that are not disclosed by these other reports.
Home inspection reports are no longer about whether a house has issues. Its about how one house compares to another. All houses have issues, especially new ones. The building codes are just minimum standards, much is not inspected by the code authorities, much can go wrong and, based on my long experience, much does go wrong. The day I find a perfect house, I’ll know I’ve died and gone to heaven.
The best litmus test there is on inspector expertise is his written reports. Good authors are found by reading their works, so it is with home inspectors. Some will be sample reports that you can get from prospective inspectors, others you might request of family, friends and co-workers. Doesn’t matter which house it’s written for, or whether it’s dated or recent. It’s the inspector himself you’re gauging now. And don’t bother reading past page ten. If you haven’t learned a great deal about the house by then, you never will. My reports rarely exceed 14 pages. Twelve is my average and by the end of page three, you’ll already know more about the house than the seller ever did.
I don’t offer termite, infrared or mold inspections. I could, but few houses have a genuine call for these specialties. If I see a call for it, I either treat it myself in the report, whip out my infrared camera for an IR survey or refer you to a specialist, whichever is most appropriate. These specialty inspections are big money makers for some inspectors. That’s where their popularity comes from, not from genuine need.
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 inspections cover what I can see and what I know. They run from 1 to 4 hours, averaging about 2 1/2. The customized report is written at my home office, and takes the rest of the day (good writing takes time). Reports are Emailed within 24 hours of the commencement of the inspection.
My inspections are thorough, my reports brief and easy to read, just like this web page. I don’t waste your attention or your time. 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.