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Home Inspections

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