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 Hermiston Oregon

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Home inspections are our business.

We are impartial and work only for you. Our job is to provide you with a comprehensive, fair, independent, objective evaluation of your home so that you can understand and take care of your valuable investment. Your interests are our interests before, during and after the home inspection.

What is a home inspection

A home inspection is a mainly visual evaluation of a home’s condition. Home inspectors typically provide inspection services to determine the performance of the home. The inspection isn't just about identifying problems with the house. A thorough inspector considers the appointment a master class in your new 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.  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.

  • 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.