Preparing for a Home Inspection

Preparing for a Home Inspection

Thank you for choosing Hill's Property Inspection LLC. Our goal is to help families and individuals to make an informed decision by providing a detailed, unbiased home inspection. We are providing you with information to get the most out of your home inspection. You should provide all this information to real estate agents, owners and anyone else who has an interest in getting the home ready before the home inspection.

To begin with, let's take a moment to tell you about what a home inspector does during the inspection. Home inspectors follow the State of Oregon's Home Inspections Standard of Practice (SOP). The SOP tells the home inspector hat components are inspected and what is not included. Please note that by state law, a home inspection is a non-invasive, visual only inspection of the structure and the landscape around your home. For example, we don't move any furniture or any personal items to look for defects or electrical plugs. We also do not inspect such things as what is behind walls or buried under insulation in the attic.

So, now you might be asking why to hire Hill's Property Inspection LLC

Without being invasive, a trained inspector looks for clues to uncover possible unseen problems. For example, small hairline cracks in the foundation or drywall could be a normal settling of the home or could indicate a serious structural issue. We inspect the home from the
roof down to the foundation and every corner of every room looking for the smallest hints of any problems. And then we provide a detailed report of our findings, including recommendations to correct defects.

Accessibility

If the home is occupied, please ensure that all personal belongings are not blocking major components that should be inspected. These include access to the attic, crawlspace, electrical panels, furnace, water heaters, etc. By making sure all areas are accessible for a thorough inspection, you may avoid the expense and hassle of a re-inspection.

Utilities

Because of the potential for undisclosed hazards, we are not allowed to turn on natural gas supply lines, circuit breakers, or water supply lines. Be sure to have all the utilities turned on and functioning prior to the home inspection. This includes making sure that all pilot lights are lit and operational at the time of the inspection. Having all the utilities on and functioning is a critical component for ensuring that the devices can be properly tested and evaluated during the home inspection.