- Inspection Practices
- For complete details on what is included in the inspection please see the "Summary of Oregon Home Inspector Certification Law and Standards of Practice for Home Inspections"More Info
- Sample Reports
- To see a report similar to your purchase, take a look at the sample reports we have available.
- We provide inspections of homes, multi-family plexes, apartments, and commercial buildings. You will get an experienced inspector, not a fresh trainee or newcomer to the field. See the about us page for a resume and experience.
- An inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections should be conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
- An inspection will typically check the visible problems with site conditions (lots and grounds around or affecting the structure), exteriors (building envelope), roof, electrical, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, built-in appliances, insulation, ventilation, interiors, structural components, and many other aspects of the structure looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some fire and safety issues. (It should also be noted that a home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect will be discovered.)
- A general list of exclusions include but are not limited to: code or zoning violations, permit research, property measurements or surveys, boundaries, easements or right of way, conditions of title, proximity to environmental hazards, noise interference, soil or geological conditions, well water systems or water quality, underground sewer lines and/or waste disposal systems, buried piping, cisterns, underground water tanks and sprinkler systems to name a few. A complete list of standards and procedures for home inspections can be found at the following link: Standards and Procedures for Home Inspections.
- You are encouraged to attend the inspection, follow us if you like, and ask questions. You are our client, and we work for you- we will take as long as necessary to do the best job possible and answer all your questions. We will e-mail or deliver the report to you soon after the inspection, usually within 24 hours or before the next morning. Onsite reporting is NOT provided since this type of report gets rushed and is often limited in content or too vague. You deserve a good report and we spend a lot of time writing and making our report clear enough to be called professional. Typical inspection time: 3 hours (or as long as it takes to do a good job and answer your questions)
A-Team Home Inspections, Inc. reports includes a visual inspection of the following major systems or components of the structure:
- Structural Components
- Central Air Conditioning
- Built in Appliances
For a complete list of the 350-500 items that are included within these categories and are examined visually during the inspection (along with the Limitations and Exclusions) please see the "Summary of Oregon Home Inspector Certification Law and Standards of Practice for Home Inspections"
Also, check out our sample reports to give you an idea of what our complete and thorough written reports look like.Sample Reports
*As a home inspector, we are like a practitioner doctor giving the home a physical exam. That said, we are a generalist- and we are looking at all the systems of the home from that point of view. We do the basic checks, evaluations, tests, and inspections of at least 12 major components that each has a "specialist or expert in that field" (eg. plumbing, electrical, roofing, HVAC, structural, building envelope, site, etc.) (heart surgeon, podiatrist, gastroenterologist, lung specialist, etc.). For instance: When we inspect the roof, we closely look at each aspect of it (usually 15-20 different components) and detail any concerns of abnormal wear/ aging damage/ or visible problems and then document it with pictures and explanation in the report. We will then defer you to a roofer (or brain surgeon for the sake of the analogy) as we feel necessary so they can establish a cost and appropriate repair, or sometimes the need for complete replacement.
* A Wood Destroying Organism Report (usually referred to as a WDO report or "Pest and Dry Rot Report") is included at no additional charge with all inspections
* Narrative printed reports including photos (usually between 100-150 photos) are sent to you after the Inspection.
*We are a consultant after the inspection is completed and you have read the report. We encourage follow-up questions so that you are completely informed about the home before you close on the purchase. We want a long-lasting relationship with you and are always available to answer questions about the home in the future.
* Onsite reporting is NOT provided since this type of report gets rushed, and is often very vague or limited in content. You deserve a good report, and we spend a lot of time writing and making our report clear enough to be called professional.