FSBO Buyer’s Home Inspection in Louisiana

FSBO Buyer’s Home Inspection in Louisiana

FSBO Buyer’s Home Inspection in Louisiana

Just because you’re buying a for sale by owner home in Louisiana does not mean you have to skip a home inspection.

In fact, it’s very important to have the home inspected by your own inspector – one who you hire and is working directly for you. If you rely on the seller’s inspection report you must remember that the inspector worked for the seller and the seller’s inspector will not be responsible to answer to you for any issues you discover later.

Also, while it is nice if the FSBO seller has had a home inspection done you should keep in mind that an inspection is a snapshot of the condition of the home at the time the inspection was done. Things can and do change during the days, weeks or months since the seller’s inspection. You will want to know the condition of the home as close to closing as possible which requires having your own inspection done.

In “How to Buy a Home Directly from the Owner”, written by ForSaleByOwner.com it says:

Get the Home Inspected: The next step is hiring a reliable, licensed home inspector who will go through the home – from foundation to attic – to see what condition the home is in. A home inspector will cost $300-$600 and the inspection will take around two hours. You’ll get an inspection report outlining any mechanical or structural problems that the home might have.

“The inspector may or may not confirm that the house is in compliance with local building codes. If there have been recent improvements, you may want to ask the inspector to validate that the improvements were made legally and comply with the building code. If the improvements are not up to code, and you buy the house, the cost of bringing the house into code compliance is on you. Again, visit our Find a Pro page to find an inspector near you.

Depending on the results on the inspection report, you might want to re-negotiate the purchase price. For example, the inspector might tell you that the roof needs to be replaced. Negotiate with the seller to lower the price to compensate for that expense. Another option is for the seller to give you an allowance at closing for repairs and replacements.”

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