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SERVICES 2018-01-26T07:28:14+00:00

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Your General Home Inspection Will Cover

We will inspect any home you consider purchasing and provide you with all the information you need. After a home inspection service with us, you’ll receive a detailed home inspection report that is easy to read and loaded with all the pertinent facts you need on order to make a decision. If you close on the home, then find problems, your options are limited. So as a home buyer, it is imperative that you get a general home inspection. And we’ll be your advocate.

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What’s included in your certified home inspection:

  • Full-color home inspection report using the newest web based software

  • Reports delivered within 24 hours or less

  • Multiple images of your inspection

  • Email and phone support for follow-up

  • $10,000 Honor Guarantee

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WHAT WE INSPECT

The Structure

We meticulously inspect the home’s foundation, entryways, porches, etc, to identify any symptoms that indicate trouble. We particularly look for sagging roof lines, gaps in the siding, a porch that is pulling off the building, settlement, and certain types of cracks in foundations.

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The Exterior

When we look at the exterior of the home, we not only do a visual assessment, we look for grading problems that might cause future expensive issues with drainage. If your property has trees or other vegetation, we will also visually inspect the house for obvious problems. For example, the intrusion of roots near the foundation, buried utilities, or overgrowth that might promote excess humidity or contribute to security issues. We also make sure any electric garage doors are in compliance with safety standards.

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Roofing Inspection

We report on roof drainage systems, chimneys, skylights, and roof penetrations, and will provide you an accurate assessment of its condition. Inspections are performed visually from the ground or walking the roof, if roof conditions are safe to access.

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Plumbing Inspection

Our inspection includes an interior water supply test that will give you accurate information on the water pressure and the water heating equipment. We inspect all visible plumbing components, as well as the appropriateness of vents, flues, and chimneys. We will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure.

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Electrical System Inspection

Our inspection of the home’s electrical system is very thorough. We check to make sure industry standard electrical current protections and grounding measures are in place. We always look for the presence of aluminum wiring, which can be a serious fire hazard that most states have banned. If safe, we remove the electrical panel’s front cover for further inspection. We also check a representative number of switches and outlets in the home.

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Heating and Air Conditioning System

We always check the heat thoroughly by visually inspecting the relevant components in your home. If your home is heated with oil, we’ll inspect the tank and all visible lines connecting to it. We will check air conditioning systems if the outdoor temperature is above 65 degrees.

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Home Interior Inspection

Every general home inspection includes an in-depth look at the floors, ceilings, and walls for any water damage or sagging. We will check the safety and compliance of stairways and railings, and will also inspect a sample of the windows and doors for their condition. As for the kitchen, counter tops and a representative sample of cabinet interiors will be inspected. In the basement, we look for any evidence of water intrusion or if any structural problems are evident.

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Ventilation Inspection

If the ventilation in the property is poor, then moisture can accumulate leading to mold, or excessive energy consumption. We’ll inspect the insulation and any vapor barriers in unfinished areas of the home including the attic or basement. We will also examine the home for mechanical ventilation systems in locations that have high humidity like the bathroom and kitchen.

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Appliance Inspection

Our home inspections cover an appliance check of standard built-in appliances in the home. We will run the dishwasher, check food-waste disposers, and ensure stove top burners and ovens operate safely.

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Fireplace Inspection

If your new property has a fireplace, we will check the integrity of the flue and make sure there are no blockages in the chimney. Our inspections also cover an exterior check that looks for loose bricks, pointing, or flashing in the chimney.

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RADON TESTING

Radon Facts

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon causes about 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

After monitoring the home for 48 hours we collect the data and send it off to you. If the test indicates that your home contains unsafe levels of radon, above EPA threshold limits, we can discuss the methods to mitigate the radon. Don’t delay, have your home tested for radon.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is undetectable to humans. It is released into the home by the decay of uranium, usually found in the building’s foundation. At high levels radon is extremely dangerous and carcinogenic. After cigarettes radon is the most common cause of lung cancer in both Europe and the U.S. At General Home Inspection, we provide a very easy and efficient radon test.

Radon comes from uranium and radium in soil, which can be found everywhere in the world. Uranium is present in rocks, such as granite, shale, phosphate, and pitchblende. Uranium breaks down into radium, which then decays into radon. This gas can easily move up through the soil into the atmosphere. Natural deposits of uranium and radium–not manufactured sources–produce most of the radon present in the air.

Radon is in the soil and air everywhere in varying amounts. People cannot see, taste, feel or smell radon. There is no way to sense the presence of radon. Radon levels are commonly expressed in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), where a picocurie is a measure of radioactivity. The national average of indoor radon levels in homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. Radon levels outdoors, where radon is diluted, average about 0.4 pCi/L.

Radon in the soil can be drawn into a building and can accumulate to high levels. Every building and home has the potential for elevated levels of radon. All homes should be tested for radon, even those built with radon-resistant features. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce indoor radon levels when levels are 4pCi/L or higher.

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PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT. GET A HOME INSPECTION.

After a home inspection service, you will be given a report that is web-based with an option to print. It will show in detail everything you need to know about the condition of your new home. Most importantly, it will help you make a wise home-buying decision that serves you and your family for many years to come.

So if you’re looking at buying a new home in Northwest Oregon, give us a call and we’ll help you make a great buying decision. Call today: 503-446-0434

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