Congratulations! Your offer was accepted. Now what? The next step is to conduct a professional home inspection. In Oregon, you have a 10 business day contingency period to complete the inspection and come to terms with the seller if any repairs are required. The inspection process gives you an opportunity to closely look at the house and make sure you’re making a sound buying decision. If issues are discovered during the inspection, the contingency allows you to ask the sellers to make repairs, renegotiate the price you offered for the home, or in some cases, you may decide to walk away from the purchase.
How to Choose an Inspector
We have a shortlist of inspectors we’ve worked with in the past to recommend to you. HGTV suggests you consider the following five areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:
1. Qualifications – Find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.
2. Sample Reports – Ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report,
3. References – Do your homework. Ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to discuss their experiences.
4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations does, however, often mean continued training and education are required.
5. Errors and Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human, after all, and it is possible they might miss something they should see.
Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, so they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.
Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, fireplace and chimney, foundation, and so much more.
They say, ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. When you work with the Skyblue Portland team we’ve got your back and give you the information you need, to make an educated decision about your purchase.