Redfin's Free Inspection Class - Portland

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  • Redfin's Free Inspection Class - Portland

    1. 1. Home Inspection Class Brian Thomas: Redfin’s PDX-East Team August 13, 2013 Portland, OR Follow: @RedfinPortland Like: www.facebook.com/redfinPortland
    2. 2. Working with Redfin
    3. 3. A Little Bit About Redfin Redfin is a real estate brokerage on a mission to make buying and selling a home better for you. ● Accountability: we’re on your side, giving you honest advice ● Technology: sellers get more traffic; buyers tour homes first ● Value: a full-service brokerage that saves you thousands  No obligation
    4. 4. To Buy or Not to Buy
    5. 5. Why You Should Buy a Home ● You expect to stay put for 5 or more years ● You’re handy & and ready to invest ● You’ve saved up a down payment
    6. 6. Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Home ● You don’t have a good reason like family or schools ● You can’t afford a the down payment ● You can rent for much less ● You plan on moving soon ● You’re worried about job security
    7. 7. Searching for a Home
    8. 8. Redfin.com-Benefits of a MLS Powered Site ● All the homes for sale: 30% more listings ● You see what the agent sees: 4x the data ● Real-time market data: photos, details of just-sold homes
    9. 9. Introduction to the home inspection process
    10. 10. Goals of this Presentation • What is a home inspection? • What is NOT a home inspection? • Common Tools • How to Choose an Inspector • Scope and Process of the Inspection • Report Samples • Resource for Questions
    11. 11. The Home Inspection is: ● A visual non-destructive inspection of readily accessible areas of the home. – Inspector will inspect (if applicable): the roof, attic, crawlspace, exterior elements including siding, windows, doors, Kitchen appliances, furnace, water heater, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical panel, branch electrical/ fixtures etc.
    12. 12. The Home Inspection is NOT: Home Warranty Guarantee Insurance Policy Substitute for real estate transfer disclosure (form 17) Building code inspection Geological stability tests Building value appraisal or cost estimates Invasive- X-ray vision is not provided
    13. 13. Tools Used • Flashlights • Probing Tools • Thermometers • Moisture Meters • Carbon Monoxide Detectors • Combustible Gas Detectors • Digital Cameras • Infrared Cameras • Training and Experience
    14. 14. Choosing An Inspector • You Get to Choose Your Inspector • Criteria to Consider: • Availability • Recommendation from realtor • Sample Report • Reviews • Cost
    15. 15. Choosing An Inspector Technically Educated ~ ► 300+ hours book, onsite, classroom, and lab training @ Inspection Training and Associates Report based on National Standards ~ ► Adherence to Washington State Inspection Standards national inspection standards (ASHI, NACHI, NAHI, etc) ► Timely report delivery ~ ► Report is computer generated with photos delivered via email/onsite ► Report summarized and easy to read. Major Concerns, Safety Hazards, Inquire with Seller,
    16. 16. Choosing An Inspector • Redfin Open Book
    17. 17. Choosing An Inspector
    18. 18. Exteriors • Lot Slope and Drainage • Siding Condition • Windows and Doors • Driveways and Walkways • Decks and Patios • Fencing • Retaining Walls • Detached Buildings
    19. 19. Vegetation Contact
    20. 20. Weathering
    21. 21. Garages • Proper Fire Barrier • Self Closing Interior Door • No Penetrations in Interior Walls or Ceilings • Operation of Overhead Doors • Safety Beams • Tension Reverse
    22. 22. Structure • Foundation • Roof and Attic • Crawl Space or Basement and Sub Flooring • Interior Evidence of Structural Movement • Doors and Windows Sticking • Diagonal Cracking in Drywall • Sloping Floors
    23. 23. Foundation Cracking
    24. 24. Supporting Members
    25. 25. Roofing • Roofing Materials and Condition • Estimated Age and Remaining Life • Flashing around Vents, Chimneys and Walls • Gutters • Downspouts • Skylights • Chimneys
    26. 26. Roof Age
    27. 27. Curled Wood Shakes
    28. 28. Flashing
    29. 29. Clogged Gutters
    30. 30. Faulty Downspouts
    31. 31. Interiors • Wall, Ceiling and Floor Finishes • Window and Doors • Stairways • Fireplaces • Safety • Emergency Egress • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
    32. 32. Heating and Cooling • Heating System Type and Condition • System Age and Remaining Lifespan • Combustion Air and Venting • Distribution throughout Home • Air Conditioning Systems • Underground Oil Tanks • Recalled heating units
    33. 33. Insulation and Ventilation • Insulation Type and Level • Adequacy of Attic and Crawl Space Ventilation • Vent Fans Discharging to Exterior • Moisture Barriers • Rodent Activity • Organic Growth
    34. 34. Insulation/ Ventilation
    35. 35. Plumbing • Plumbing Materials for Supply and Waste • Leakage • Water Heater Age and Condition • Seismic Safety • Water Main and Gas Shutoffs • Possible Sewer Line Scoping
    36. 36. Advantages of Thermal Imaging
    37. 37. Galvanized Steel
    38. 38. Electrical • Size and Location of Service Drop • Main Electrical Panel (Recalled Panels) • Breakers and Connections • Secondary Panels • Branch Wiring • Outlets and Fixtures • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
    39. 39. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
    40. 40. Double Taps
    41. 41. Ungrounded Systems
    42. 42. Appliances • Type • Operability • Safety • Recalls • Laundry Connections
    43. 43. End of Inspection • Summary – Verbal discussion of the major items – Opportunity for questions • Payment • Full Report emailed by the next morning
    44. 44. The Inspection Report • Report – Turnaround: Same Day, Next Day, Few Days – Formats: Checklist, Narrative, Pictures – Delivery: Hard Copy, Email, Online Download • Recommendations – Major Concerns – Safety Issues – Repair Items (Professional or Homeowner) – Improvements – Maintenance
    45. 45. The Inspection Report • Review Report with Your Agent • Items You Would Like Seller to have Fixed by licensed professionals. (Recommendations in the report should be followed). • Items You Will Fix • Recommending Contractors • Follow up with your Inspector for questions after the inspection
    46. 46. All Done!
    47. 47. Thanks for Coming! Questions? Get in touch: Brian Thomas brian.thomas@redfin.com Mike Morris michael.morris@redfin.com Check out our upcoming classes: http://www.redfin.com/events

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