Get the Most From a Home Inspection

Young couple looking at a home they hope to buy.

Find the Right Team

Look for an inspection company that provides:

  • staffed phones 24/7.
  • trained support staff who answer your questions, schedule your inspection, and keep everything organized.
  • qualified inspectors with the experience to assess and document the condition of the home.

Understand the Process

  • Carefully read the inspection agreement. Staff should be willing and able to answer your questions.
    • If you would like a sample of our agreement, please call us at 541-469-9513 and we’ll be happy to email you one.
  • The inspection will be performed for your exclusive use and benefit.

Set the Stage

The inspector can only inspect elements of the home that are accessible and visible. Ask your agent to request that areas to be inspected are accessible and clear of belongings.

There are many things the seller can do to prepare for a successful home inspection. See our helpful handouts.

Plan Some Time

A thorough home inspection, for an average size house, takes from 3 to 4 hours.

You are welcome to attend but you don’t need to stay the whole time. We recommend you come near the end for an opportunity to speak with the inspector. If you can’t be there, no worries; the inspector will be available to discuss your inspection by phone.

Either way—a thorough reading of the report and talking with the inspector will be a good investment of your time.

Review the Report

It’s important to read the full report, note your concerns, and talk with your inspector. If you spoke to your inspector on-site the report may prompt new questions.

Your inspector wants to talk to you, to tell you the story of the home.

Be Realistic

No home is perfect. A home inspection will find defects, but this will help you understand the current condition of the home.

Prioritize the findings so you don’t become overwhelmed by the results.
  • List reported issues by:
    • immediate concerns,
    • safety issues,
    • repairs that can be deferred,
    • minor items.
  • Determine if there are significant defects that may impact your decision.
  • Work with your agent to determine your next steps.

Keep the Report Handy

Don’t get rid of your report after you move into your new home. It is a useful guide for making repairs and will provide on-going maintenance recommendations.

Ask questions. Get clarification. Know Your Home!