General Home Inspection
Home inspections are one of the most important steps in the home buying process. We will always recommend that a home buyer invests in a home inspection and in fact, think its probably one of the best home investments you can make. A licensed home inspector will evaluate a homes condition including:
- The physical condition: the structure, construction and mechanical systems.
- Identify items that should be repaired or replaced.
- Estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems (such as electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning), equipment, structure and finishes
As a result of the inspection, you will be given an extensive inspection report that details the condition of each item covered in the report. To see a sample report visit Susan Walker’s website.
Depending on your situation, there may be some additional inspections that you want to have.
Its not a bad idea to invest in an inspection of the sewer line as well. Replacing a collapsed sewer line is not a cheap investment. Having a sewer line scoped can cost anywhere from $80-$140 depending on the home and will generally come with a DVD showing the actual scope of the sewer line from the home to the street.
Many of the older Portland homes, particularly on the eastside of the river, used oil furnaces to heat their homes. With the popularity of gas furnaces many of those furnaces have been switched over leaving an abandoned oil tank on the property. As a result of being buried underground for many years some of these oil tanks have leaked or still hold oil remnants. This can be harmful to the environment and just as harmful to the home owner pocket book. The DEQ has set forth guidelines for removing or decommissioning these abandoned oil tanks and will certify that a tank has been successfully decommissioned or removed. If you believe there is a buried tank on your property or a property you are going to purchase it is strongly recommended that you hire a licensed contractor to scan the property for a tank and, if found, have soil samples collected from the oil tank area. To see if a tank has been removed and DEQ certified you can visit the DEQ website or visit Portlandmaps.com.