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 The Inspection

The Process

  • I will have a contract for you to sign and will need payment in Cash, Check or Paypal. This can be done beforehand or in person at the inspection.
    Click here to view the Home Inspection Agreement for Houses
    Click here to view the Home Inspection Agreement for Condos
  • Generally, I will meet you or your agent to let me into the house at the appointed inspection time. Sometimes I am given a lockbox number and let myself in.
  • If I know that the house is unoccupied, I often show up a little early to start on the exterior.
  • I usually find that it works best to do the inspection and then do a walk-and-talk after I'm done, but you are welcome to follow me around as I do the inspection.
  • The inspection usually lasts between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the age, size, condition, distractions that may arise, and whether or not I have an assistant with me.
  • I encourage you to be there toward the end so that I can walk through with you and point out issues that I have found. My reports are detailed with many pictures, so it isn't an absolute necessity.
  • The report is often ready by the end of that same day. I will either send the report as an attachment to your email address or send an email detailing how to get your report from my website.

 

Inspected

Here are just some of the many items I'll be looking at during your certified home inspection:

Walks and driveways
-- Type
-- Condition
-- Safety issues
Surface drainage
-- Soil slope
-- Water path
Decks
-- Safe and proper installation
-- Condition
Exterior Walls
-- Siding
-- Condition
-- Flashings
-- Water path
Foundation and support structure
-- Type
-- Condition
-- Signs of settling
-- Water seepage
Basement and Crawlspace
-- Access
-- Insulation
-- Ventilation
-- Vapor barrier
-- Framing
-- Moisture and seepage
-- Visible wiring and plumbing
Structural integrity
-- Framing where visible
-- Evidence of movement
Steps and stairs
-- Safe and proper installation
-- Condition
Roof systems
-- Type and layers
-- Condition
-- Proper installation
-- Proper flashings
-- Gutters and downspout condition
Attic
-- Signs of leaking
-- Sheathing condition
-- Insulation
-- Framing
-- Ventilation
-- Visible wiring and plumbing
-- Access
Fireplaces and Chimneys
-- Integrity
-- Damage
-- Safety issues
Water heater
-- Type
-- Safe and proper installation
-- Condition
Electrical system
-- Service
-- Panels
-- Wiring
-- Fixtures
-- Proper installation where visible and/or accessible
Heating system
-- Type
-- Condition
-- Safe and proper installation
-- Proper fuel burn where applicable/accessible
-- Distribution
-- Filter
-- Controls
Central Air Conditioning system
-- Type
-- Condition
-- Functionality if outside temp > 65 degrees
Plumbing system where visible
-- Type
-- Condition
-- Main shutoff location
-- Proper installation
-- Signs of leaking
Windows & doors
-- Type
-- Installation
-- Condition
-- Weather-stripping
Walls & Floors
-- Type
-- Condition
Kitchens and Bathrooms
-- Fixtures
-- Water path
-- Built-in appliances
-- Ventilation
Garage
-- Firewall
-- Vehicle door and opener
Sump pumps
-- Presence
-- Proper installation
-- Functionality if accessible
Detectors
-- Smoke Detectors
-- CO Detector
Pests
-- Obvious evidence of pests may be reported, but this is not a certified pest inspection
Mold
-- Obvious evidence of mold may be reported, but this is not an in-depth mold inspection and does not include lab testing.

 

Not Inspected

These items are not inspected during a normal home inspection. The *starred items may be ordered as add-ons from Portland Home Inspect. (We will make some of these services available in the near future.)

Low voltage wiring and appliances
Security systems
Generators

*Fences
*Out-buildings
Septic systems
Pools
Sprinkler systems

Asbestos
Radon Gas
Lead Paint
Toxic Mold
Pest Control

IR (Infrared) Thermal Imaging

 

Tim Mcgill
Oregon Certified Home Inspector
OCHI #1373
Oregon CCB #
191319
971-266-3999
PortlandHomeInspect@gmail.com