1. What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is simply an evaluation of the accessible systems and observable conditions of a home at the time of inspection—from the foundation to the roof—by a certified professional with an experienced eye. It is not a guarantee that all defects or needed repairs will be discovered. If problems are uncovered, the inspector may recommend further evaluation by a licensed specialist in that area. A home inspection should help you make an informed decision about purchasing a residence or what you need to do to prepare your own home for the market.
2. Who should order a home inspection? You should, if...
3. What does a home inspection cost?
Base price for a single family dwelling up to 2,000 sq. ft. is approximately $375.00.
Prices will vary for larger or older (vintage) homes, distance traveled to the inspection site, and multiple crawl spaces and outbuildings . Call or text me with these details and I will provide an exact price when I call you back.
4. What will the inspection cover?
As an Oregon Certified Home Inspector; and as the holder of a Residential Specialty Contractor License, my inspections are regulated by Oregon law and the Construction Contractors Board. I also conduct all inspections according to the standards of inspection and ethical practices of the Oregon Real Estate Inspectors Association (OREIA). This assures you, the customer, that I will conduct a thorough inspection of your home. My commitment is to give you a complete, honest assessment of the condition of the home at the time of inspection. Included in your home inspection checklist will be an evaluation of the following:
5. How long will the inspection take?
Most inspections take 4 hours+ on-site, and post-inspection I typically spend 3-4 office hours generating your report. You can expect the final 40-50 page Residential Property Inspection Report with embedded, digital photos to be emailed to you by the next morning.
6. What else should I know about a home inspection?
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider having an inspection performed:
7. Should I be present at the home inspection?
You do not need to be present at the beginning of the inspection - your realtor will make sure I am able to enter the home and conduct the inspection. I do, however, strongly encourage you to be present when I'm finishing my inspection, so I may review my findings with you. You’ll remember much better what I point out on-site than what you just read in the Report.
8. What areas of Oregon do you serve?
I inspect homes in the greater Portland, Oregon metro area, from Beaverton-Hillsboro out to the Coast, east to Hood River and south to Salem.