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Home Inspections What you should know Brought to you by EDC Home Inspections
The role of your home inspector Most importantly, to help the client make an informed decision on the purchase of their home. Act with integrity, honesty, punctuality, and being available during and after the inspection to answer all questions. Providing an unbiased report based on the current condition of the homes structure, grading, and major systems To advise the client of conditions and or components that are: unsafe, require immediate repairs or maintenance, and items that may be nearing the end or their intended life span To adhere to the state regulated standards of practice
The Inspector should not be expected to… Report on minor cosmetic items Determine the remaining life span of components Quote exact costs for repairs (estimates may apply) Perform technically exhaustive inspections Perform punch lists on new construction Put themselves in dangerous unsafe situations Advise on whether or not the property should be purchased Turn on any utility that is not turned on at the time of the inspection. i.e. gas, water.
Building Codes Inspectors are required, by law, to call out all Significantly Deficient items. Not code violations. Codes vary from town to town. National standards do not. Codes are a minimum standard of required work. Being in accord with local building codes is not the same as being safe. A house can be perfectly compliant with code, but be perfectly unsafe. i.e. smoke alarms Codes change continually, and are updated Fine line between code compliant and common sense Older homes grandfathered in compliancy
What do we look at? Roof system & coverings Exterior & Lot Basement, foundation, crawlspace & structure Heating Systems Cooling Systems Permanent Appliances Plumbing fittings & fixtures Electrical supply & distribution Fireplace & Chimney Attic & Insulation Doors & Windows Interior components
What are our limitations Think of a home inspector as your family doctor. We are generalists, not specialists. If a condition warrants further review or repair, we will refer you to the appropriate specialist in that field. The report should only be considered a snapshot in time and can only represent conditions viewed on the day and time of the inspection The inspector can only report on systems that they can see based on reasonable access A home inspection is NOT a warranty and implies no guarantee of the future condition of the home or its systems
Structure types Commercial buildings Residential dwellings: from Westside cottages to large homes Apartment complexes Duplexes, 4plexes Medical offices Restaurants Golf clubhouses and surrounding buildings Outbuildings Barns Bowling Alley Structures from 500sf to 60,000sf
Types of inspections Listing inspections Buyers inspections Construction phase inspections Lender inspections One year warranty inspections Pest and dry rot inspections Residential Commercial
How much would you save by not getting an inspection?
Our report Delivered via email as a PDF file Digital pictures pointing out major defects Easy to read narratives, not just a check box Summary Report Full Report Same day reports CD or hard copy available upon request
Affiliations & Licensing COAREI Central Oregon Assoc. of Real Estate Inspectors COAR Central Oregon Assoc. of Realtors NACHI National Assoc. of Certified Home Inspectors AII American Institute of Inspectors (WDO & WDI certified) CCB Construction Contractors Board #164773 OCHI Oregon Certified Home Inspector #1015 BNI Business Network International (membership committee) COCBA Central Oregon Christian Businessman Assoc. Licensed, Bonded E&O Insurance
Clients of ours Central Oregon Realtors Leeway Bank Bank of the Cascades HUD Strategic Assets Services Umpqua Bank NWCC US Inspect Fidelity Inspections
About the inspector Honest Integrity Punctual Efficient Thorough Available Wife, 3 kids, dog, loves to fly fish and snow ski