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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about home inspections and what exactly you can expect from your inspection.

 


    Why do I need a home inspection?

Whether you are a new home buyer or an experienced "flipper", a home inspection is an inexpensive way to get a "walk-through" from an experienced, trained observer.

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    Why should I order a "pre-listing" inspection?

Whether you are selling your home privately or through a realtor, there are several advantages to having an inspection done BEFORE you list. Here are some reasons:

  1.  It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
  2.  It helps you to price your home realistically.
  3.  It permits you time to make repairs in advance so that you are not hurried or   forced to pay a contractor extra to have your job expedited.
  4.  Defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
  5.  It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
  6.  It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern.
  7.  It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to     your disclosure statement.
  8.  It may alert you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
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  Why should I choose you as my home inspector?

You should be comfortable with your inspector, whoever it is. Inspectors should be easy to talk with and knowledgeable about their profession. Inspecting is a full-time job for me, not just an occasional hobby. Also, I take extra pride in making my reports easy to read and include lots of pictures so that anyone can find and understand what I am describing.

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  How long will it take?

No two inspections are alike but you should allow for about 3 to 4 hours to do a thorough inspection for a average-sized residential home. I will spend an additional 1 to 1-1/2 hours (on average) writing up your report that evening.

A standard buyer's inspection includes all the following items:

Structural Systems

Roof & Attic

Foundation

Exterior Grounds & Drainage

Interior

Door & Windows

Garage & Garage Door(s)

Electrical System

Plumbing System

Heating / Air Conditioning System

Insulation & Ventilation

Bathrooms

Built-in Kitchen Appliances

Basement

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  What's different about Hawkeye Inspection Services?

Most home inspectors are warned NOT to cite current code requirements because they are not certified code officials. I am a certified Oregon building code official and am constantly taking continuing education classes to stay current with the latest codes. Oregon has adopted many new code changes as recent as April 1, 2008. I am up-to-date on these changes.

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  Do I have to be present during the inspection?

No, but it is recommended. Most prospective homebuyers find that it is very informative and more beneficial to be present during the inspection. Many of the minor (cosmetic) defects can be discussed without actually being included in the final report. An educated buyer makes the most satisfied homeowner.

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  When will I get my inspection report?

My goal is always to provide you with your comprehensive report as soon as possible without compromising the quality of the report. I will fax or email you a PDF version of the report within 24 hours, usually by the end of the same day. Full color printed copies are available for an additional $25 fee.

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  How much will it cost?

The price of your inspection depends on the size of the home. Generally, an inspection on an average-sized home will cost about $300, which is common for this area. The price for your inspection will be clearly defined in your pre-inspection contract. See my fees page for a close estimate. 

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  What's not included?

Unless prior arrangements have been made, home inspections generally do not include accessory structures like detached garages or sheds, swimming pools, spas, saunas, septic systems, water wells, underground fuel tanks, in-wall sound components, central vacuum systems, intercoms, security systems, water conditioners, and lawn irrigation systems. Please read Oregon's Standards of Practice for a complete list of inspection guidelines.

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