So I’m a real estate broker/realtor/whatever you want to call me, who really cares that people learn about the home they are buying and how the whole real estate process works. I don’t want people to skip through all the steps and end up with their largest single investment because they liked the floor plan. You’ve got to know about the home – what shape it’s in now, what needs to be fixed, how to take care of it for the long haul.
Part of that process is the Home Inspection. In Oregon, usually when you make an offer to buy, and it is accepted, you have 10 days to hire an inspector to go over that home very carefully. First you call 3 inspectors to find out what they can do for you, when they can show up, and how much it will cost. You can pay online or by check at the inspection.
As in most things in life, you get what you pay for. Going cheap? That inspector might not do a thorough job. Picked the most expensive so you can brag that you hired “ABC company” to your friends? Well, hopefully that inspector is also qualified. I tend to recommend inspectors who know what they are doing, give a good write up, and will explain things to the buyer at the time.
Here’s a great article by one of my favorite inspectors:
Please contact me if you have any questions!