Home Inspection Services
Home Inspection Services in Oregon
I’ll be inspecting your new home by crawling under it, climbing on top of it, and getting into every safely-accessible nook and cranny possible. My methodical, top-to-bottom approach paired with a keen eye for detail ensures that every system, room, and appliance is fully inspected and the risk of undiscovered issues is minimized. I use specialized tools including an infrared camera and moisture meter on all inspections, as appropriate, to ensure that you get a thorough, complete and detailed understanding of the home’s condition. These tools help detect moisture and other issues within the home that usually appear normal and would be nearly impossible to detect otherwise. Most inspectors don’t use these tools, leaving you and your investment at risk.
I encourage buyers to attend the home inspection so that I can provide a walk-through summary, explain my observations, and answer any questions you have about the home’s condition right then and there. The inspection and walk-through generally takes about 3 to 4 hours. Whether you are able to attend the inspection or not, you will receive a detailed report full of photos, explanations, and recommendations within 24 hours, and usually sooner, to keep your transaction on schedule.
A general home inspection includes the following areas of the home, as long as they are visible and safely accessible.
- Exterior and site
- Roof & roof structure
- Chimneys & fireplaces
- Foundation & crawl space / basement
- Attic, insulation & ventilation
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- HVAC (heating and cooling)
- Ceilings, walls, and floors
- Windows and doors
- Kitchen and appliances
Additional Inspection Services
Sewer line repairs can be extremely costly and having a sewer scope performed to identify any potential waste line deficiencies is recommended regardless of the age of the home. Front Porch Home Inspection has partnered with 48 Hour Inspection to provide this service for an unbiased sewer line inspection. I will happily arrange the sewer scope for you, and in most cases it will be performed during the home inspection period. You will receive a written report as well as a video link of the findings.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is a bi-product of the decay of uranium and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Elevated levels of radon are common throughout the Pacific Northwest and testing is often a standard part of the home inspection process. I offer radon testing as part of Front Porch’s home inspection services using highly accurate, fully AARST-NRPP certified radon testing machines with alpha spectrometry technology to precisely calculate the radon level in the home. Radon tests require 48 hours, and results are available immediately upon retrieval of the radon testing machine. When elevated levels are detected, steps for remediation are fairly easy and usually highly effective.
Mold can negatively impact the health of you and your family, but cannot be positively identified except through lab analysis. Mold sampling with specialized equipment is offered to determine if hazardous amounts of mold or mold spores are present in the home.
Well and Water Testing
In order to know if the water in your home is safe for use and consumption, it’s important to have a certified professional inspector in Oregon test it for signs of lead and other harmful contaminants. Lead is dangerous for both contact and consumption and can sometimes be found in water lines or sources.
Carbon Monoxide Testing
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and invisible gas, and prolonged exposure to it can be fatal. With specialized tools and equipment, we can detect levels of the gas in your home.
Shop and Outbuilding Inspection
I also offer certified, professional inspections of shops and outbuildings.