Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors to educate the public

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 18, 2020

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April is National Home Inspection Month, the time of year in which home inspector organizations rally to educate potential home buyers about home inspections. Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors (LSBHI) has launched a public service campaign. The campaign includes television, online and radio PSAs, as well as a new, consumer-friendly website, InspectLouisianaHomes.com, which provides public education, information about home inspector licensing and a comprehensive database of Louisiana licensed home inspectors. LSBHI has emailed a suggested inspection protocol, designed to help the general public, home inspectors and real estate agents minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, per Governor John Bel Edwards’ recent gubernatorial proclamations. Many folks in our industry are ready and willing to work, as safely as possible, to prevent the collapse of our economy as well as the spread of the virus. As the real estate and home inspection industry work from home, it is the perfect time to educate potential home buyers and provide them with the tools they need to make educated decisions about purchasing prospective real estate.

Louisiana Law and Home Inspections

In 2001, the Louisiana Legislature passed a law requiring all persons performing home inspections to be licensed by the State of Louisiana. This mandate protects the health and safety of prospective homebuyers, because they receive a thorough evaluation of the home and its operating systems.

LSBHI is the only organization authorized to license home inspectors in Louisiana. “Our job is to help home sellers and prospective home buyers understand the condition of a property,” says LSBHI Chief Operating Officer Morgan Spinosa. “There should be no surprises when it comes to buying a home, and a licensed home inspector is there to make professional recommendations so home buyers can make the most educated decisions.”

What You Can Expect from a Home Inspection

During a home inspection, the visual examination is only half of the evaluation. A licensed home inspector is trained to look for possible damage and hazards a homeowner might not catch until the damage becomes more advanced; and will then diligently document the damage so the homebuyer can make confident purchasing decisions.  A home inspection will include the following:

  1. A visual examination of the major components and operating systems of the property
  2. An unbiased and professional opinion of the condition of the property
  3. Documentation of significant visible deficiencies on the day of the inspection
  4. Professional recommendations
  5. Specialized knowledge for a more informed home purchasing decision

Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors (LSBHI) regulates residential resale home inspections in Louisiana as to protect the safety, health, property and welfare of the general public. LSBHI licenses over 300 professional inspectors statewide, who are trained, ready and willing to serve the public make informed home buying decisions. We offer a comprehensive database of licensed inspectors with contact information and their service areas on InspectLouisianaHomes.com.