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Why is a home inspection important?

 A home inspection is crucial for both buyers and sellers. For buyers, it provides valuable insights into the condition of the property, helping them make informed decisions and potentially negotiate repairs or adjustments to the purchase price. For sellers, it can uncover issues that may need addressing before listing the property, thereby streamlining the sales process and reducing the risk of unexpected complications.

What steps should I take before a home inspection?

  • Research and Choose Wisely: Take the time to research and select a certified and reputable home inspector. Look for professionals with a track record of thoroughness and reliability in their inspections. At Status Inspections we are certified in home inspections, in addition to being certified to test for commonly overlooked hazards such as Mold and Radon. We also come highly endorsed by The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, maintain a 5 star rating on Google & expertise.com, and have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Schedule Wisely: When scheduling the inspection, aim for a time when you can be present to walk through the home alongside the inspector. This allows you to receive real-time feedback on their findings and ask any questions that may arise during the process. Being present ensures a more comprehensive understanding of the property’s condition and any issues that may be identified. You are more than welcome to accompany me during the home inspection. This way, you can ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of the property’s condition. I’m also here to provide insights into basic home maintenance and repairs, ensuring you have the knowledge you need moving forward.

What's the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal?

A home appraisal determines the property’s value for the lender, focusing on factors like location and recent sales prices. It’s required for mortgage approval. In contrast, a home inspection provides a thorough assessment of the property’s condition, helping buyers avoid potential issues. While an appraisal is mandatory for a mortgage, an inspection is optional but highly recommended.

How much does a Home Inspection cost?

The Status Residential Home Inspection cost is based on the age of the home and the square footage starting at $400. A single-family residential home built within the last 30 years up to 1000 square feet. Status Inspections adds $50 if the home is over 30 years old and $50 per additional 1000 square feet. Example a 2500 square foot house built in 1985 will cost $500 for the Status Residential Home Inspection.                                                                                      – Condo Inspections are $350

How far will Status Inspections travel for a home inspection?

Status Inspections has a 50-mile radius where we will not charge a travel fee if the inspection is within 50 miles of the Portland, OR area. If travel is further than 50 miles Status Inspections will ask for a trip fee, this trip fee is at the discretion of Status Inspections

What is the warranty of a Home Inspection?

Status Inspections does not offer any type of warranty on a Home Inspection. A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual assessment of the readily accessible systems and components of a house or condo. The Status Residential Home Inspection is a professional assessment of the house or condo at the date and time the inspection was scheduled. An Inspection can not and will not be-able to identify every little defect or what defects will happen in the future. This is why status Inspections does not offer any type of warranty. If you find a defect that you feel the inspector missed that would have significantly affected your decision to buy the house, contact us and we will go through all necessary channels to make it right.

Can I use someone else’s inspection?

You can if you trust the inspection. At Status Inspections, we highly suggest you get your own inspection because we value our relationships and will focus the inspection based on your needs. You never know the integrity or purpose of the inspection, and it could come back to cost you a lot of money. Get a peace of mind with a Status Residential Home Inspection.

Can Status Inspections send the report to my agent as well as me?

Yes, Status Inspections will send the report to whomever you CC email in the client/agent section when scheduling. Status Inspections spends a lot of time and money making the inspection process of the home buying/selling experience as easy and seamless as possible. The Inspection is done strictly for the person paying for the inspection and the buyer can distribute it to whomever they would like. Status Inspections will never disclose information about the home inspection to anyone other than the payer and to whomever the payer gives permission for.

What is radon and do I need to do a radon test?

Radon is a tasteless, odorless, poisonous natural gas that has been linked to lung cancer. Radon comes from the ground where your concrete foundation is poured and leaks through crevasses and cracks into the house. Radon is indiscriminate and has been found all over the US. The only way to know if a home has Radon is to test for it. At Status Inspections, we believe that your and your family’s safety is a key contributor to your decision to buy a house and suggest that all houses with a permanent foundation be tested for Radon.

Why should I get a Sewer Scope?

The property owner is responsible for the sewer line from the house to the curb. Sewer-scoping the line can reveal blockages, damage to the pipe system, and other problems, which are vital for homeowners and home buyers during home-buying. Status Inspections prides itself on giving customers all the information they need to make an informed buying decision.

If you see suspected mold during the home inspection, do you test for it?

Status Inspections offers a few options when it comes to mold testing. If we see or suspect mold during a Status Residential Inspection, we will offer to do a surface swab and lab test for $100 for the first test and $50 per subsequent test. These fees pay for shipping and handling and test fees. If you are susceptible to allergens or are concerned about air quality in the home Status Inspections can do an indoor air quality test for $400. This test is a complete analysis of the air quality in the house by an accredited lab.