In Louisiana Home Inspectors must be licensed. The State of Louisiana has a Board that regulates the licensing, the continuing education of Home Inspectors, complaints and any disciplinary actions that need to be taken. This Board also maintains a current register of who has an active license.
The Home Inspector Board has issued a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics document which is an outline going step by step through a house explaining what it is and what is isn’t that a Home Inspector will look at and report to you on. Reviewing this while you go over your report will help explain what the Inspector was looking for at each component of the house. According to the rules when you hire a home inspector they are required to provide you with a written report within five days. Some Home Inspectors give you the written report at the time of the inspection bringing their computer and a portable printer with them.
The laws also state that a Home Inspector may not perform or solicit to perform any repairs from the date of the inspection until after the act of sale. This is important as an example because there are home inspectors who are licensed to do termite inspections and it would crossing lines for them to find termites and then offer to perform a termite treatment for you. How would you know that there actually were any termites.
§1478. Written reports; solicitation prohibited
A. A licensed home inspector shall provide a written report of the home inspection to each person for whom the inspector performs a home inspection for compensation within five calendar days from the date of the inspection.
B. No licensed home inspector shall, from the time of the inspection until the date of the act of sale on the home inspected, advertise or solicit to perform repair services on any item listed in the inspection report or any other type of service on the home upon which he has performed a home inspection.
Acts 1999, No. 61, §2; Acts 2003, No. 568, §1.
I believe that buyer’s should always hire a Home Inspector and do their due diligence on a very expensive purchase they are making. It is not a requirement that a licensed Home Inspector be used and there are certain professions who are exempt such as Architects. It is up to a buyer to make the decision as to who to use for their inspection but my recommendation would always be to hire a licensed Inspector.