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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 5:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:47:38 GMT
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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In an area prone to hurricanes, flood insurance is important for Louisiana residents. Calcasieu Parish became a part of the National Flood Insurance program in 1978. By participating in the program,More >>
As a way to continue offering flood insurance, Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act in 2012. More >>
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The Nuts and Bolts of a Home Inspection
You've found your dream home and made your offer. Now it's time to get the financing in order, appraisal completed and start picking out all of your new furnishings. But wait – how can you be sure there are no hidden flaws in your new-to-you home? Some serious problems may be invisible to the untrained eye, but stick out like a sore thumb to an experienced home inspector.
"Home buyers often ask me if they need to go through the expense of a home inspection," says Nikki Hagen, REALTOR with Century 21 Bessette Realty. "My answer 99.9 percent of the time is going to be yes. When you sign on the dotted line to buy a home, you are locking yourself into a 30-year mortgage, so it is definitely an investment worth making. You wouldn't buy a car without looking under the hood and taking it for a spin around the block. You can't do that with a house, but you can bring in an expert to check it out for you."
A home inspection is completed after the potential buyer and seller sign an offer contract and should be viewed as a protective measure for the potential buyer. Should the inspection come back with less than favorable results, the potential buyer can walk away at that point or negotiate with the seller to have the defects fixed, often at the seller's expense, prior to closing on the final sale.
"There are several things a home inspector is looking for when he or she comes out to the property," says Hagen. "The typical list includes everything from the construction of the walls and state of the foundation to the status of the electrical and plumbing components in the house."
Here's a brief rundown of what your typical home inspector is going to inspect:
Structural elements: Construction of walls, ceilings, roof, floors and foundation.
Finally, Hagen says a home inspection is especially important in this area considering that many homes were affected in one way or another by hurricanes in the past decade. "Many area homes have new roofs and have had some level of reconstruction done to them since 2005 so it really is best to proceed with caution" adds Hagen. "A home inspection can provide you with valuable piece of mind and protect you from a bad experience."