Every house has its own story, even before the first folks move in. As someone who reads houses, my job is to first learn that story then write it. It allows my client to continue with the purchase process in a more informed and intelligent manner.
I serve all parties involved in the marketing, selling and buying of residential property. The buyer has the greatest stake of all in the condition of the property, but the other parties also invest time and effort into arriving at a closing. All parties can benefit from an inspection done upfront, before the property is even listed. It improves the chance that the first interested buyer to come along will end up buying it. An additional inspection, commissioned by the buyer, brings a measure of security to protect him from the conflicts of interests that pervade the real estate business. Inspectors are often, but not always, influenced by who refers them and by who hires them.
Agents control at least 90% of all home inspector referrals. That’s because buyers mistakenly place their trust in them. When an agent refers a home inspector, an agent’s professional duty to serve his client is compromised by his personal interest in his commission. It’s not possible for him to separate professional duty from personal interest. What’s wrong with conflicts of interests? He cannot fairly recommend the best inspector because such a recommendation would negatively affect his end result. The only way to prevent this conflict of interest is to avoid it – don’t accept an agent’s recommendation at his word. Do your own research. Vet your prospective inspector. It’s easier than you think.
The best litmus test of a home inspector’s performance is the reports that he has written. Nothing else comes even close, not his list of certifications, his association memberships, his designations, nor his years of experience. If you want to know how good he really is, skim a recent report he has written. To demonstrate, spend one minute each on ten reports, all written by different inspectors and you’ll quickly see what I mean. I say ten because it’ll likely take that many to find one good report.
The Louisiana home inspector regulations do not provide a standard for writing reports. Each inspector is left to his own devices. Anything goes.
Getting those reports is another matter. Few inspectors have them on their website. If your prospective inspector doesn’t, call him and ask for a sanitized version of a recent report. He needs the permission of the owner of the report before he can do it. If he won’t oblige, look elsewhere for your inspector.
Home inspections are not about whether the house has issues. They’re about how houses compare to one another. Get the best one for your money.
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.
These are my home inspection fees. They haven’t changed since 2013. I don’t engage in barter or price gouging. No one is getting the better deal. Everyone is treated fairly: Fee-Schedule-for-Home-Inspections
The fastest way to schedule an inspection or to get answers is direct, via text: 337 255 6815
Don’t be fooled by inspector membership in trade associations, certifications in mold, infrared, designations such as Certified Master Inspector, Certified Professional Inspector, or even in state licensure. There is not yet an educational standard for any of these, so they have no legs to stand on. Judge your inspector by his reports. No one can write good reports without being both a good inspector and a good writer.
My inspections are thorough, and my reports are brief and easy to read, rarely exceeding 16 pages, photos included. Fourteen pages is average and by the end of page three, you’ll already know more about the house than the seller ever did. Inspections 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.
I’m licensed locally in electrical and AC/heating service. My 17 years as an inspector was preceded by 14 years of self-employment in the trades, serving all major trades but plumbing. I’ve worked on houses all my life, still do. My inspection of electrical systems is aided by my degree in electrical engineering.
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.