Oregon Residential Home Inspection Process


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The home inspection process involves an objective examination of readily accessible areas, physical structure and operating systems of the home.

Our certified inspectors provide thorough, detailed home inspections that can be augmented with a variety of other applicable inspections like pools, spas, septic systems and more.

After the completion of any inspection, you'll receive a comprehensive report for your own personal reference. Not only that, but we're here for you if you have any questions after the inspection is complete.

Our certified home inspectors are trained to identify problem areas and provide guidance on what needs immediate attention. A standard home inspection includes a full evaluation of all of the following:

  • Furnace and AC Units
  • Water Heater
  • Roof and Gutters*
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Foundation / Framing
  • Grading Landscaping
  • Driveways / Sidewalks
  • Porches / Decks
  • Stairs / Railings
  • Fences / Retaining Walls
  • Attics / Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Floors / Walls / Ceilings
  • Doors and Windows
  • Siding and Trim Electrical System
  • Plumbing System
  • Bathrooms
  • Basements / Slabs
  • Sump Pumps
  • Garages / Carports

    A printed 20-40 page comprehensive report is provided within 12 hours of the home inspection with pictures of problems along with recommendations to resolve the issues. For even further targeted review, consider bundling this home assessment with our specialty inspections, addressing mold, radon, termites, and more for your property.

    *Inspectors will walk the roof on a case by case basis depending on the pitch and access conditions. If inspectors are not able to physically walk on the roof, they will inspect from the ground using binoculars and from within the attic.

    Home inspections are just part of our business. Depending on the need, we can provide a variety of services that work hand-in-hand with the home inspection.

    1.1.  A general Oregon home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

    1. The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. 

    2. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.

    1.2.  A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people.  The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.

    1.3.  A general home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

    2. Limitations, Exceptions & Exclusions

    2.1. Limitations:

    1. An Oregon inspection is not technically exhaustive.

    2. An Oregon inspection will not identify concealed or latent defects. 

    3. An Oregon inspection will not deal with aesthetic concerns or what could be deemed matters of taste, cosmetic defects, etc. 

    4. An Oregon inspection will not determine the suitability of the property for any use. 

    5. An Oregon inspection does not determine the market value of the property or its marketability.

    6. An Oregon inspection does not determine the insurability of the property. 

    7. An Oregon inspection does not determine the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the inspected property. 

    8. An Oregon  inspection does not determine the life expectancy of the property or any components or systems therein. 

    9. An Oregon inspection does not include items not permanently installed. 

    10. This Standards of Practice applies to properties with four or fewer residential units and their attached garages and carports.

    2.2. Exclusions:

    I. The inspector is not required to determine:

    1. property boundary lines or encroachments.

    2. the condition of any component or system that is not readily accessible. 

    3. the service life expectancy of any component or system. 

    4. the size, capacity, BTU, performance or efficiency of any component or system. 

    5. the cause or reason of any condition. 

    6. the cause for the need of correction, repair or replacement of any system or component. 

    7. future conditions. 

    8. compliance with codes or regulations. 

    9. the presence of evidence of rodents, birds, bats, animals, insects, or other pests. 

    10. the presence of mold, mildew or fungus.

    11. the presence of airborne hazards, including radon. 

    12. the air quality. 

    13. the existence of environmental hazards, including lead paint, asbestos or toxic drywall.

    14. the existence of electromagnetic fields. 

    15. any hazardous waste conditions. 

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