Are you ready to lay the foundation of your own home inspection business? We’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you cement your new career as a home inspector in Louisiana. Follow the steps below to learn more about home inspection courses (and why they’re necessary), taking the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), and where to go from here.
After completing your home inspector courses, the next step that Louisiana requires is passing the National Home Inspector Exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (25 of which are not scored) covering three major domains, or sections, that every home inspector should know. Those domains are:
Property and Building Inspection/Site Review
Analysis of Findings and Reporting
Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the exam, and each attempt costs roughly $225 (depending on your location). Due to the unignorable cost of taking the exam, we highly recommend taking an Exam Prep course to greatly increase your chances of passing on the first try. If an individual does not pass, they must wait 30 days before taking the exam again.
Conduct 30 Hours of Hands-on Field Training + 10 Live Home Inspections
In addition to coursework, the LSBI requires applicants to complete 30 hours of hands-on field training and 10 live home inspections. Some schools offer live coursework with home inspections that satisfy this requirement.
Attend a Standards of Practice and Report Writing Seminar
Provide Proof of E&O and General Liability Insurance
Per the state’s rules and regulations, a license won’t be issued unless you have insurance that meets the state’s minimums for coverage. The insurance requirements for a licensed home inspector in Louisiana are:
An errors and omissions (E&O) policy that covers a minimum of $300,000 (maximum deductible of $5000)
A general liability policy that covers a minimum of $300,000 (maximum deductible of $5,000)
A bond of $25,000
General liability policies for small businesses are roughly $40 per month, while errors and omissions insurance can set you back approximately $59 per month. To get the best rate and a better idea of what coverage you need, speak with a licensed local insurance agent who has worked with other home inspectors, members of local home inspector trade organizations, or shop for insurers online.
Pay the $200 Fee and Send in Your Notarized Application
The final step in getting your Louisiana Home Inspection License is sending in your notarized application with the $200 fee.
To become a home inspector in Louisiana, you must complete 90 hours of state-approved coursework as well as 30 hours of hands-on field training and 10 live home inspections.
License applicants must also pass the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE) and attend a Standards of Practice and Report Writing Seminar.
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