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.
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:
- It allows you to
see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
- It helps you to
price your home realistically.
- 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.
- Defects won't
become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- It may encourage
the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- It may alert you of
items of immediate personal concern.
- It reduces your
liability by adding professional supporting documentation to
your disclosure statement.
- It may alert you to
immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your
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.
How long will it take?
No two inspections are alike but you should allow for about 3 to
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:
Roof & Attic
Exterior Grounds &
Door & Windows
Garage & Garage Door(s)
Heating / Air
Insulation & Ventilation
Built-in Kitchen Appliances
What's different about Hawkeye Inspection
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.