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Top 10 House Inspectors near Portland, OR

5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Fantastic report that was very easy to read. Inspector was there promptly for home inspection. They did a thorough job with the inspection. There are cheaper options but I feel home inspections are well worth the investment. Money well spent."

$325

estimated cost

4.7
from 31 reviews
4.7
(31)
  • 1 year in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Scott was responsive and professional. I initially hired him to sand & stain the deck, but also asked gutter cleaning later and both worked really well. I would definitely hire him again. He also gave me good advices to manage the house as a home inspector perspective and it was great."

$400

estimated cost

4.6
from 5 reviews
4.6
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"I highly recommend this home inspector."

$350

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Mike was very polite and professional. We would recommend and re-use Peterson Home Inspections again and again."

$325

estimated cost

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4.8
from 83 reviews
4.8
(83)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
"His work is very professional. He came on time and responded my questions in timely. He did point out few things and recommendations that I missed. I would hire him for my feature house inspections."
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4.3
from 3 reviews
4.3
(3)
  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"They were prompt, thorough, had good advice for us, kept in contact, saved us future repair expense. Owner is experienced and knowledgeable, she and co-worker worked well together, very pleasant to work with. We would gladly use them in the future, and recommend them."

$335

estimated cost

4.9
from 28 reviews
4.9
(28)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 20 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
"Mel did a thorough job of inspecting the house we are buying. He was very amicable and easy to work with. He answered all our questions. "
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"We called St John’s Home Inspection to get an unbiased assessment of our roof. Our roof was leaking and we weren’t satisfied with the extreme variety of reports we were getting from roofers to repair or replace our roof. His report was thorough and allowed us to negotiate with our roofers with confidence. He came to the house, he was professional, answered all questions, performed the inspection and then provided the report all within 24 hours. We will use him again to help plan for any next big house project! The Baillie Wilson household"
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5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"Joel was very detailed and professional! We were able to schedule our inspection on the same day, and also received out report that day! Wow! Strongly recommend Preferred Home Inspections"
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4.9
from 7 reviews
4.9
(7)
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Castle inspections are very thorough and professional. I appreciate the detailed photographs and descriptions included in the inspection report. I highly recommend this company."
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Q & A

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What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual inspection performed by a trained professional to determine the condition of a home’s main elements. The inspection usually takes several hours, during which the professional takes multiple photos and notes, tracking information for a final report. After the inspection, the pro will create a printed report, complete with photos and detailed information, summarizing the condition of the house. A home inspection is often used by potential home buyers prior to purchase to determine if there are larger issues (such as dry rot or a faulty foundation) that are not immediately visible to the untrained eye but that would cost a lot of money to resolve. Home inspections are also used by real estate agents and home sellers to address any concerns before putting a home on the market. Longtime homeowners can also schedule a home inspection to get a snapshot of their current home condition and identify any issues that need to be addressed. A home inspection is not a legal document that can be used for divorce or estate settlements, nor can it be used to secure loans or mortgages.

What does a real estate agent do?

Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

  • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
  • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
  • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
  • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
  • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
  • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
  • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
  • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
  • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

How do you find a good home inspector?

A home inspection should tell you the true condition of a home. A competent home inspector closely inspects your home’s structure and foundation, looks for termites and signs of problems like mold, checks the wiring to ensure it’s in good condition, and investigates the HVAC system, among other items. To find a good home inspector, first research whether home inspection is licensed in your area; not all states require licensure.

If there is no regulatory body that licenses home inspection in your state, there are other ways to make sure you are hiring a trustworthy professional. Carefully look into the person’s reviews and ask for references. Ask if they are committed to continuing education, and whether they are active members in any reputable home inspector organizations. Some organizations that recognize and/or certify home inspectors are the American Society of Home Inspectors, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and American Home Inspectors Training. Don’t be shy about asking to see credentials and licensing.

What should be included in a home inspection?

A complete home inspection involves a visual investigation of all major elements that make up your home. A home inspection is a vital part of buying or selling a home to ensure you’re not accidentally buying a termite-infested home or one with major structural defects. Paying for an inspection before purchasing a home can save you a lot of money in the long run. The national average home inspection cost is $310, with prices ranging higher or lower based on your location and the square footage of your home. After performing a walk-through inspection, the pro should provide you a printed report — complete with photos and recommendations — detailing what’s in good condition, what would benefit from minor repairs, and what needs immediate attention. Home inspection pros know how to spot trouble areas, but they’re not licensed contractors, electricians or plumbers, so they may suggest you hire a licensed pro to address specific problems. Here are the main components that a home inspection covers:

  • Home structure
    • Foundation, grading and drainage, roof covering, roof structure, interior and exterior attic walls, ceilings and floors, interior and exterior doors, windows, stairways, fireplace and chimney, porches, balconies, decks, attached carports, and crawl space.
  • Electrical
    • HVAC system, heating equipment, cooling equipment, ductwork and vents, fixtures and switches, branch circuits, receptacles, service entrance and panels.
  • Plumbing
    • Water heater and equipment, drains, waste systems, vents, and plumbing fixtures.
  • Appliances
    • Garage door openers, garbage disposal, dishwasher, exhaust range, range hood, bathroom exhaust fans, cooktop, oven and microwave.

What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

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