Home Inspection Services For The Portland Metro Area

Home Inspection Report — Pre-Listing Inspections in Beaverton, OR
Whether buying or selling, or you’re in a home that you plan to stay in for years, a home inspection from RD Home Inspection offers peace of mind and assures that you’re moving ahead with a fair and smooth transaction.
RD Home Inspection is located in Beaverton, Oregon and serves clients throughout the Portland and Salem areas, including Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah County.
Your Home Inspection Report will offer easy-to-read details on:
  • The condition of every major component from the roof to the basement
  • Major and minor deficiencies
  • Any major expenditures necessary
  • What to watch out for
  • Helpful home preservation tips
  • Safety concerns
  • And much more
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After completion, we’ll review the report with you to make sure you understand everything and answer any remaining questions.

RD Home Inspection will help you make an informed buying or selling decision, and help you keep the home you’re currently living in safe and in good repair, sparing you unnecessary expense by letting things go unnoticed until they become a major problem. RD Home Inspection offers a range of services that include:
  • Home Wellness Checkup
  • Pre-Warranty Expiration
  • Buyer Inspections
  • Seller Inspections
  • New Construction
  • Investment Property & Multi-Family Units
  • Radon Inspections

Pre- Purchase Inspection

When making the largest investment of your life, it’s critical that you ensure the home you’re purchasing will be safe and solid for you and your family. RD Home Inspection will make a visual survey of the interior and exterior structure, as well as testing and/or operating systems and appliances to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. We’ll fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
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Pre- Listing Seller Inspections

When selling a home, the last thing you want are unexpected surprises that cause you to lower your price, delay the closing, or worse, lead to a buyer walking away from the sale.

Pre-listing inspections will ensure that your home is in good condition and free from serious technical, safety, or functional issues that can complicate or cancel a sale. You’ll know going into the selling of your home, what the issues are so you can either make repairs that may enhance your listing price, or set your price at a realistic level.

Having you home inspected by RD Home Inspection, prior to placing on the market, is the ideal way to identify and either repair or disclose the issue found in the Inspection Report. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner can’t make the repairs. Disclosing them up front and pricing the home based upon that disclosure will often times produce a higher net sales price for the owner.
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New Construction Inspections

Working with a reputable, quality builder is key to building the new home of your dreams. However, regardless of your builder’s reputation, it’s also important to have an independent inspection of the new construction prior to moving in.

RD Home Inspection offers new construction inspections at the completion of construction, but a day or two prior to your final walk through with the builder. It is important to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the Builder depending on the Builder’s policy, before this inspection. RD Home Inspection will make a visual survey of the exterior and interior, and ensure that all appliances and systems are functioning properly. At the conclusion of the inspection a completed report will be provided.
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Investment Property & Multi-Family Inspections

Just like purchasing a home for yourself, it’s important to have a home inspection on investment properties to ensure that they’re safe and free of any issues for your tenants. Inspections should not only be done when purchasing a property, but between tenants. Pre-purchase inspections are performed to identify defects prior to taking ownership to negotiate repairs or price adjustments which reflect the condition of the property. Home inspections between tenants will ensure the identification of needed repairs following a tenant’s departure. Tenants sometimes neglect to mention repairs and/or abuse the property during their tenancy. Identifying those problems early is the key to profitable ownership.
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Pre-Warranty Expiration

During the first year of any new home construction, a great deal of settling and “breaking in” takes place. Most builders offer a 1 year warranty, so it’s important to have an objective look at where things stand before that warranty expires.

Pre-warranty expiration inspections should be performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty. The inspection will help you verify that proper building techniques were used and that the various components of the home were properly installed, as well as identifying normal settling versus real structural issues. You will be presented with a completed report at the end of the inspection along with digital photos taken as needed for inaccessible areas.
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Home Wellness Checkup

You did a home inspection when you purchased your home… how many years ago?

Over time, as a home settles and is lived in, things will naturally pick up some wear and tear. If you wouldn’t think about moving in without an inspection – and the peace of mind that everything’s in good repair – why would you continue to live in a home without it? After all, how often do you check under, on top and around your home with the critical eye of someone who knows what to look for and brings fresh eyes to an inspection?

Investing in a Home Wellness Checkup from RD Home Inspection every 3 to 5 years is one of the best ways to stay ahead of issues that can blow up into very expensive repairs.
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What Will The Inspection Cost?

The inspection fee for a typical single-family house or commercial building varies, based upon the size of the building, particular features of the building, age, type of structure, etc. However, the cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a physical inspection. You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to a) identify issues prior to listing your home, b) have the seller perform repairs based on significant problems revealed by the inspector, or c) catch smaller issues in your own home before they become larger, more costly repairs or replacements.

What Is An Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

Why Do I Need An Inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect — both indoors and out — in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

What Does An Inspection Include?

A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central air-conditioning system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.

When Do I Request An Inspector?

As a Seller, it’s best to hire an inspector prior to listing your property to identify things that need repairs or to disclose in the selling process.

As a Buyer, the best time to consult the inspector is right after you’ve made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.

As a home owner, it’s a good rule of thumb to have your home inspected every 3 to 5 years. This will help you identify small repairs, before they become larger, more costly issues, as well as ensuring the safety of your family.

As an investment property owner, it’s best to have a home inspection prior to the purchase of a property, as well as between tenants.

Can A Building “FAIL” The Inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement

What If The Report Reveals Problems?

If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. The choice is yours.

Can I Inspect The Building Myself?

Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps thousands of homes and buildings in their career. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

Should I Attend The Inspection?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the new building and get some tips on general maintenance. Information that will be of great help to you after you’ve moved in.

What Is A New Home Construction Inspection?

We encourage home buyers entering into a contract for the building of their new dream house —whether it is custom or tract built — to retain the services of a professional home inspector during the construction of their new home. Homebuyers building their new dream house have many important decisions and considerations. They need to know that someone is looking out for them with independent, unbiased professional eyes.

It’s Brand New…What Could be Wrong?

It is not good business to forego a home inspection on a newly constructed house, regardless of how conscientious and reputable your home builder.

No home, regardless of how well it is constructed, is totally free of defects. The construction of a house involves thousands of details, performed at the hands of scores of individuals. No general contractor can possibly oversee every one of these elements, and the very nature of human fallibility dictates that some mistakes and oversights will occur, even when the most talented and best-intentioned tradespeople are involved. It is also an unfortunate aspect of modern times that some builders/developers do not stand behind their workmanship and may not return to fix or replace defective components installed after the sale is complete.

What Is an “In Progress Inspection”?

A professional in-progress inspection is a great value to a new construction home buyer because the home inspector will spend whatever time it takes to evaluate every readily accessible parts of the home they can safely reach and then prepare an inspection report containing their findings. This, in turn, will provide a “fix-it” list that can be brought to the attention of the builder/developer. Additionally the home buyer has peace of mind in knowing they took the extra step in protecting their investment by helping ensure they are made aware of any overlooked defects.

A new construction progress inspection by a qualified professional allows the inspector to become the “eyes of the homebuyer” through a series of inspections that occur during different stages of the construction of their new home. Typically, these inspections are performed at the following stages:

  • Foundation form work before concrete placement
  • After installation of support posts, beams and floor joists
  • After installation of all rough framing, rough electrical wiring, heating/cooling duct work and the building’s sanitary pipe drainage and potable water supply systems
  • Exterior siding(s) including roof coverings
  • Final “walk-through” inspection checking all visually accessible systems and components such as: heating/cooling, electrical and plumbing systems including safety items such as; smoke detectors, stairs, handrails and guard railings, compliance with emergency-egress requirements, and proper installation of safety/tempered glazing within hazardous areas.

What If My Builder Says I Don’t Need a Home Inspection?

It is important to let your builder know up front that you intend to have the work inspected by an independent third party construction expert. This will help set a tone with the builder and let them know that you expect things to be done properly. Ideally, you will want to start communication with your inspector as soon as you sign a contract with your builder. It is recommended that have a professional inspection of the foundation prior to the pour. A follow up inspection should be conducted after the foundation has set up.

As a Seller, Why Do I Need An Inspection?

As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.

Do Sellers Have To Repair Everything Wrong With The House?

A listing inspection report is not intended to be a “do” or repair list for the home. Sellers are not obligated to repair conditions noted in the report, nor are they required to produce a flawless house. With a pre-listing home inspection, potential repair items already known by both parties are subject to any negotiations. A home seller can make repairs as a matter of choice, not obligation; to foster good will or to facilitate the sale. Sellers maintain the legal right to refuse repair demands, except where requirements are set forth by state law, local ordinance, or the real estate purchase contract

What Is A Listing Inspection?

An inspection consists of a non-invasive physical examination of a home’s systems, structures and components intended to identify material defects that exist at the time of inspection. The heating and cooling equipment is activated along with operating plumbing fixtures, testing accessible electrical outlets and fixtures, and operating a representative sampling of doors and windows. Visual inspection of the roof, walls and drainage adjacent to the home are included. Because of the wide range of construction practices and the “normal” wear and tear placed on the components of home, a professional home inspection can help provide a wealth of information to a home seller anxious to convey the condition of their home to perspective buyers.

Is There Anything I Can Do Better To Maintain My Home?

Inspection reports often identify the same neglected maintenance items. Performing some basic maintenance can help keep your home in better condition, thus reduce the chance of those conditions showing up on the inspection report. To present a better maintained home to perspective buyers follow these tips from the California Real Estate Inspection Association. Most of these items can be accomplished with little or no cost, while the benefits of selling a well maintained home can be worth the effort.
  • Clean both rain gutters and any roof debris and trim back excessive foliage from the exterior siding.
  • Divert all water away from the house (for example, rain-gutter downspouts, sump pump discharge locations, and clean out garage and basement interiors.
  • Clean or replace all furnace filters.
  • Remove grade or mulch from contact with siding (preferable 6-8 inches of clearance).
  • Paint all weathered exterior wood and caulk around trim, chimneys, windows, doors, and all exterior wall penetrations.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are in proper operating condition; replace cracked windowpanes.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Make sure all of the plumbing fixtures are in spotless condition (toilets, tubs, showers, sinks) and in proper working order (repair leaks).
  • Provide clear access to both attic and foundation crawl spaces, heating/cooling systems, water heater/s, electrical main and distribution panels and remove the car/s from the garage.
  • And finally, if the house is vacant make sure that all utilities are turned on. Should the water, gas or electric be off at the time of inspection the inspector will not turn them on. Therefore, the inspection process will be incomplete, which may possibly affect the time frame in removing sales contract contingencies.

Call us today at 503-621-6879 to book your home inspection!