Knowledge is power. Use our FAQ below to learn more about how a home inspection from Pelican State Inspection will benefit you.
Q. WHAT IS A “HOME INSPECTION”?
A home inspection is a visual non-invasive inspection of the major system items of the home. Basically the Pelican State Inspection home inspector is looking for problems that can be seen visually with causing damage to the home. Access panels to HVAC, plumbing, and electric are removed, however significant disassembly to the major systems is not preformed. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the Pelican State inspector may recommend further evaluation.
Q. WHAT WILL IT COST?
You will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home. Shouldn’t you protect that investment by getting the BEST home inspection available? Pelican State Inspection’s rates depend on the size of the home (bigger homes have more to inspect) and foundation type. A complete home inspection for a typical home will cost between $325 & $425. We provide the best inspection in the Shreveport / Bossier area!
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. See Mistake #1. We have been inspecting houses in the Shreveport / Bossier CIty areas since 2004.
Q. WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
The standard Pelican State home inspection report will review the condition of the home’s major systems. These systems include Roof, Foundation, Heating & Air, Plumbing, Electric, Interior, Exterior, Insulation & Ventilation, and build in Kitchen appliances.
Q. WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?
It is best to contact us right after the contract / purchase agreement has been signed. Pelican State Inspection stays busy year around so it is important not to wait so that we can make sure we have a spot for you.
Q. WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
The purchase of a home is the largest investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.
A home inspection also points out the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good working condition and the positive aspects of the home. After you have reviewed your Pelican State Inspection report, you will have a better understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
If you are planning to sell your Shreveport / Bossier City home in the near future, you may wish to have an Pre Listing inspection prior to placing your home for sale. This will give you a understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s home inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs so that your potential does not get scared off. If you are currently a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs.
Q. CAN’T I DO IT MYSELF?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. Pelican State’s state licensed inspectors are familiar with all elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. We understand how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment.
Q. CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?
No. A home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition.
Q. SHOULD I BE PRESENT FOR THE INSPECTION?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is strongly encouraged. You can walk along with your Pelican State Inspection inspector in order to better understand your home and its systems, observe any problems or defects firsthand, and answer any questions you might have.
Q. WHAT IF THE INSPECTOR FINDS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. Regardless of the age of the home or the price of the home there are always problems. When the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. All problems are fixable. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved large repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.