Questions That You Should Ask When Choosing a Home Inspector
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A: Home inspectors come and go. Carlson Home Inspection has been serving the gorge since 1998. They'll be here if you have a question or a problem down the road.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR INSPECTORS' QUALIFICATIONS?
A: Steve Carlson is an Oregon Certified Home Inspector, Licensed Pest Control Operator, Structural Pest Inspector, Licensed General Contractor, regularly attends inspection related conferences and has had hundreds of hours of education on the subject of Home Inspection.
Q: CAN I FOLLOW ALONG AT THE INSPECTION?
A: If they won't let you go to the inspection, don't use them. We actually encourage you to attend. This is a valuable learning experience for most home buyers. It is the perfect opportunity to ask specific questions about the condition of the home. Also, where defects are identified, the inspector can discuss these so that you understand what repairs may be required.
Q: ARE YOU MEMBERS OF ASHI, NHIA, OPCA,?
A: Yes, Steve Carlson is an active member in the American Society of Home Inspectors, The Newly formed Northwest Home Inspector Association, The Oregon Pest Control Association and has been active in the past in the Oregon Association of Home Inspectors (Board of Directors), The Oregon Real Estate Inspectors Association, the Mid Columbia Association of Realtors.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES AN INSPECTION COST?
A: Inspections can cost a little as $385. If you are comparing home inspection firms, the fee charged should not be the sole deciding factor, unless of course the level of service offered is identical.We suspect the house you are buying is not the cheapest house, but rather a house that you feel represents good value. We urge you to choose your home inspector the same way.
Q : HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE?
A: A typical home inspection takes between 2 and 3 hours. Some older and/or larger homes can take longer.
Q: DO YOU PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT?
A: Carlson Home Inspection provides you with a detailed report in including pictures, diagrams and web links to better help you understand your new home.
Q: CAN WE CONTACT YOU WITH QUESTIONS AFTER THE INSPECTION?
A: You can email or call Carlson Home Inspection with inspection related questions at any time. Visit our con541-387-4663
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT?
A:The major systems of the home are carefully looked at during the inspection process. These include the Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation and Interior. A Structural Pest Inspection is also included in the home inspection (Carpenter Ants, Termites, Wood Boring Beetles) The goal is to identify any existing major problems that would affect a typical purchasers buying decision.
We will add significantly to your knowledge of the home, but still cannot tell you everything about the house. All home inspections are visual in nature. No destructive testing is performed. The inspection and report will put you in a much better position to make your decision.