Portland Real Estate Questions:
How Can I Find a Good Home Inspector?
One of the most important aspects of purchasing a home in Portland is finding a Portland home inspector to perform a thorough home inspection.
Although the Sales Agreement* in our local market contains an “As Is” clause, this does NOT prevent buyers from conducting due diligence.
What Do Buyers Know About a Good Home Inspector in Portland?
Unfortunately, most home buyers in Portland who are looking for a good home inspector, do not know the following:
- Where to find a good home inspector
- What to expect from a home inspector
- What the home inspection process is all about
- What a home inspection covers and DOES NOT cover
- How the information provided by the home inspector is used by the Realtor®
- If the home inspector is an ALARMIST
In a recent home inspection, I witnessed a home inspector making “what if” statements about functioning equipment, not thoroughly inspecting major components of the home, not documenting obvious conditions that needed repair, not fully documenting conditions they VERBALLY mentioned to the buyers, making exorbitant claims about what the seller “needs to repair” for the buyers (which seems to cross over into negotiations/practicing real estate without a license,) and quoting exorbitantly high (IMHO) repair costs/costs to fix.
Selecting THE WRONG HOME INSPECTOR can cost you the house AND the expenses of the home inspection
Home inspectors should NOT be hired to negotiate repairs
Home inspectors SHOULD be hired to inspect the property UNBIASEDY and OBJECTIVELY
When hiring a home inspector THE BEST ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: HOW CAN I FIND A GOOD HOME INSPECTOR is to ask your Realtor® for referrals.
I supply two or three names of QUALITY home inspectors in the Portland Metro area.
The following is a quote from a good home inspector who knows how to do his job and refrains from the alarmist behavior:
“The other side of the coin is the buyer that “wants me to find every little thing and make a big deal out of it” so that they can grind the seller on price. My usual response is that “I’m just here to observe and report.” I don’t have a dog in this fight and I don’t care who wins. Not my job, man! Being professional, friendly and informative is my job.” Dana Bostwick True Professionals, Inc.
There are a few home inspectors I’ve run into recently that have killed the deal and cost the buyer a lot of money because of this type of “home inspection.” The home inspector is NOT PRIVY to the negotiations and CAN NOT negotiate repairs. The Sellers and/or their listing agent may be very UNWILLING to have the home inspector try to grind them. They may be on to it . . . SO BE CAREFUL WHO YOU HIRE!
If you want to know how to find a GOOD HOME INSPECTOR in the Portland Metro real estate market — ASK YOUR AGENT!!
If you don’t trust your agent to supply you with quality referrals to home inspectors, then WHY are you working with them?!?
Read my articles:
*Please consult with a Realtor® in your area for local standards of practice.
Portland Buyers Agent – Real Estate Expert in the Portland Metro Area
EBA Portland, LLC is an Exclusive Buyer Agency serving the Metro Portland real estate market since 1999. I only represent Home Buyers and never home sellers. If you’re looking for a home anywhere in the Portland Metro area, there is no better representation than an Exclusive Buyers Agent. I assist investors, folks relocating to Portland area, those moving to the Portland area in-state, home buyers who are looking to down-size or move-up and of course . . . love working with first-time buyers. I help Buyers in the Portland Metro market find exactly what they need in the Tri-County markets of Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County, as well Portland cities including but not limited to:
- Beaverton homes for sale
- Tigard homes for sale
- Hillsboro homes for sale
- Lake Oswego homes for sale
- Portland homes for sale
When you’re ready, talk to an Exclusive Buyers Agent. Exclusive Buyers Agents do not work for listing brokerages or Sellers. An EBA’s fiduciary duty is: 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time. Contact me for all Portland Housing.
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
EBA Portland LLC
14845 SW Murray Scholls Blvd, #110-518
Beaverton, OR 97007
EBA Portland ~~ 100% BUYER REPRESENTATION . . . 100% of the Time
All rights reserved©