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arrived promptly and dove right in. He walked the roof, poked the insulation in the unfinished attic, explored into the far corners of the crawl space, ran all the appliances, tested each faucet, checked for proper grounding at several outlets, looked under the covers of the electrical panels, and on and on. I'm an engineer used to evaluating mechanical systems, but
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thought to look at things that would have escaped me, some of them significant. That's why you hire a pro.
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emailed me a detailed report with lots of pictures by the end of the day. He found all the issues that I was aware-of and several more, all documented with clear, sharp pix. Major issues
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identified and irrefutably documented were cleared by the seller before closing, saving me more than
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's fee in future repair costs.
I recommend
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without reservation. He's a thorough, experienced professional and I will certainly use him for any future real estate purchases.
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"After returning from NYC I suspected I had bed bugs. I was in a panic and called
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to help me determine if I did in fact have them in my home. He scheduled to come to my home the next morning. He was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and helpful. He and his dog inspected my home and he did a careful visual inspection, which gave me a clear answer. It is clear that he takes his work seriously and wants to give people the most reliable answer possible. I also appreciated his discreteness and the understanding he conveyed about how alarming it can be to think you have bed bugs. I would absolutely recommend him and would use him in the future, but I seriously hope that I NEVER have to again.
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"Although I regret having to write these comments and give this rating for I really liked my inspector very much and believed at the time that he was very thorough and definitely patient in answering all my questions. But a homeowner’s questions and inspector's observation/comments
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’t necessarily jive with a good understanding and knowledge of the things that one faces in old houses in Portland and a good understanding of structures and drainage.. And for that lack of knowledge I am paying dearly now.
He totally misread what was going on in the basement. As inspector and a company which prides itself in high caliber inspections as well as costing more than most home inspections, I had expected a higher level of proficiency, especially in areas relating to drainage and foundations . For those are the issues that cost a home buyer dearly and in some cases are prohibitive to correct, as well as being difficult to observe and connect the dots for the common home buyer.

He clearly pointed out that I have some dampness in the basement because of a patch that he found which had some crumbling cement. Relative to the size and number of areas of that basement where the cement was crumbling, his observations appeared to imply it was one small area and not much to worry about, instead of pointing out how a whole wall of the house and part of another
had those problems.

This represents a major water problem exists on that side of the house and his comments of just monitoring the wall was really insufficientt. It requires major costs for repairing the drainage problems that exist. I believe he fell trap to the homeowner clever
painting of basement walls. Nevertheless it would be clearly visible to a trained eye, and if he would have poked at the walls he could have seen they were all crumbling under the filmsy
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of paint. Furthermore a trained inspector would have been suspicious as to why the part of the walls that were Not crumbling , beneath the nice paint job, were all lumpy.This would have told you that they have been working on keeping water out. Furthermore, I have been told painting basement walls, especially with enamel paint is a sure fire problem, because cement cannot breathe. All this a well trained insjpector should have picked up.

To go along with his falling
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to the problems the homeowner clearly masked with paint is the basement floor. The whole basement floor had just been painted and puttied over. That was clearly visible by the cat footprints on the puttied floor. If he accurately observed the walls for the problems they were having, a good inspector could have seen the red flags raised as to why the homeowner had just refinished the basement floor. As it is right now the floors started showing signs of cracking almost immediately after I moved in, not to mention the basement floor paint peeling away.

This is a serious problem water intrusion and foundation problems which had I known in the inspection I would have either not bought the house or offered much less.

Additionally, he totally overlooked checking a very important component of the house. Had my family moved in as had been planned, everyone would have been very ill. I thought an inspector is suppose to inspect the furnace and filters. He totally overlooked checking the filter. It was BLACK with dirt. The furnace guy I hired said that this must not have been changed for over 2 years. The result was I started experiencing some bad respiratory problems after I moved in. I decided to check the filter;
however, I felt the Inspector would have pointed that out to me if that was a problem. I was shocked the filter was never checked by the Inspector. As a result of the dirty filters all the ducting work in the house was full of dirt and I had to pay to vacuum it out.
Another critical area of the house he did not understand was the deficient design of the whole gutter system. He clearly noted the outside paint was moldy and peeling and some of siding was rotting, but he did not make the connection that the gutter design in the back of the house was causing that problem. So besides cleaning the gutters, and repainting the house, which he suggested I do, I had to rrebuild all the back gutters.
Other issues existed that should have been clearly connected to water and drainage problems, which, I being a
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person, was quick to figure out. Not to mention other areas he omitted checking which could represent a real safety issue, namely running an open gas fire in the fireplace and the fact that the flu vent was totally broken and needed to be replaced.
All these are problems and costs I did not buget in my bid for the house. When we look for an inspector we expect him to have a good understanding on how problems and issues connect in a house. We pay him to be part detective. If all I hire an inspector for is to point out obvious problems, than a big part of the inspection I can do myself with a checklist. I
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’t need to hire a professional to do that.
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"Provider was prompt, courteous, and efficient. Signage on truck was discrete, nothing to make homeowner or neighbors self-conscious about requiring bed bug services.
Provider toured the house, pointed out likely areas of infestation, based on background provided by home owner.
Provider explained the process of canine inspection, what to expect as the dog inspected. The dog, a very nice black German Shepard, was brought in from truck and examined various rooms and areas of the house with the provider, sometimes returning to double-check in areas that would be likely to be infested. The dog was well-behaved, and both the dog and provider were careful with personal possessions and furnishings.
Provider returned dog to truck, and walked through the house with owner, reviewing the process and results. A written summary of the findings were provided.
I was very impressed with
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and his scope of knowledge. He was careful to explain bed bug life cycles, probably hiding places, areas of concern. He listened carefully to my concerns and fears (Basically "Yech, bed bugs in my house!!") and answered all my questions thoughtfully and thoroughly.
I appreciate that this business does not have a stake in the outcome of the inspection, so there's no "up-selling."
Based on my experience, I highly recommended
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"This is my second home inspection with
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, and he has been stellar, helpful, objective, and thorough both times.
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did a radon test and home inspection at one home I was interested in buying, had put the offer in, and he found severe structural issues. The reports he does are detailed, with photos and explanations of what he found, as well as having categorized the findings into recommendations: satisfactory, monitor, monitor & repair, or repair. Or something like that. He also made himself available to talk by phone with me after he submitted the report for any questions and clarifications about what he found.
At the second house,
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also helped me out tremendously by helping me to sift through the information he provided in the
inspection report and prioritize what I would want to have fixed immediately, versus what I would want to monitor and fix on my own.
I was traveling - as you can see, it's over the holiday weekend - and he made himself available to consult with me on Sunday afternoon so I could then consult with my realtor and start the repair addendum process. We're on a tight timeline, everyone's going on holiday, so I really appreciated his availability. As a first time homebuyer, and looking at older homes, I appreciated that he also couched the inspection findings in that context.

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"I looked up reviews on Angie's LIst for
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, and discovered that they had an Angie's List Deal that could be purchased directly from Angie's LIst with a credit card. The offer was for a House Inspection for $400 with a discount of $50 off, that brought the cost to $350. I called
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and was told that they would not honor this active deal on Angie's List. When I asked why, I was told because it should have been removed from Angie's List. I read the entire listing to them and said it indicates that it is active today 12/12/13 and available to purchase immediately, and that after purchasing the inspection, that
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would call on Monday, 12/15/13. I was amazed that they were unwilling to honor it. I called Angie's List and was told that they have a signed contract by
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that specifies this Deal, and that they would remove it immediately, and be calling
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to inquire as to why they have an active deal that they are unwilling to honor. I told
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that it is surprising as it is a poor business decision to not honor it, as I would not be using them, and in addition if they had honored it and did an excellent inspection that I would have given a positive review on Angie's List plus recommend them to everyone. They foolishly were unwilling to honor their active Angie's List Deal. This experience with
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was very unpleasant. There are so many Property Inspectors in Portland, OR who would treat customers in a respectful way, that I strongly suggest not using
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"We contacted the provider the same day of the inspection so his response time was marvelous. He arrived timely to meet my agent for the inspection. I arrived an hour later and stayed for the duration of the inspection. The provider went into the attic and crawl space, he took pictures and submitted an inspection report less than 24-hour later. The provider did an acceptable job on the pre-purchase inspection. It wasn't the most detailed inspection report I've received, which is my primary concern. It may be a small issue, but one of our concerns involved the condition of the rain gutters. The report ignored the gutters completely. Upon my inquiry, the provider said he reported on the condition of the roof; and since the gutters are usually done at the same time as the roof, he didn't include them in the report. He further said the house was bank-owned so the sellers weren't going to budge on price anyways. This informed me he did thinking for me, rather than giving me information that I needed to make my own informed decisions. This was even more concerning to me than the fact he neglected to mention the gutters.
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"You want the very best? Hire
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! I am a Realtor and have referred to
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for years! I fondly refer to him as my "deal
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" He will give you ALL the details you need to know about the home. He doesn't
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coat anything. Where he is unsure or it's beyond the scope of his expertise he will recommend another inspector or specialty contractor. He is great with buyers and walking them through the entire process and educating them along the way. As a real estate broker I see many inspections. I have never seen another inspector's report that I felt was as complete as
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"Apex had inspected the home when we originally bought it. After having it rented out, before we moved in we wanted to make sure everything was still in working order. We were able to request that a modified inspection be done. The inspector was on time, very pleasant and helpful. She pointed out potential problems, and made suggestions as to what we might do to alleviate them.
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"This is the second home that
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inspected for me. As with the first, the level of detail he goes into is unsurpassed. When
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alerted me of a leaky showerhead, my dad said "I checked that same showerhead and didn't find anything!" I appreciate the fact that
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gave me the same, high level of service, even though I'm a repeat customer. Some people would relax because they know you, but
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did an amazing job and I will continue to recommend him to family and friends.
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All Home Inspectors in Portland, OR

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A 2 Z Home Inspections

PO Box 2019
Beaverton, OR

A Division of Stumptown Construction Inc

4804 NW Bethany Blvd
Portland, OR

A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345
Beaverton, OR

A-1 Energy Efficiency Consulting

4215 26th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

A-Team Home Inspections, Inc.

PO Box 4120
Hillsboro, OR

Accurite Building Inspections

7341 SW Laview Drive
Portland, OR

ADVANCED HOME INSPECTIONS

17 INDEPENDENCE CT
Longview, WA

Advanced Timber & Fire Company, LLC.

11048 SW Greenburg RD Unit 140
Tigard, OR

Alf Solutions

9530 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR

ALLPOINTS HOME INSPECTIONS LLC

6715 NE 63rd St Ste 103
Vancouver, WA

AMERICAN HOME MAINTENANCE

4015 N CONCORD AVE
Portland, OR

American Plumbing Services LP

5905 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR

AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service

4713 NE 39th St
Vancouver, WA

Angelica's Cleaning Services

523 se 18th Ave Hillsboro
Hillsboro, Or

APEX HOME INSPECTIONS, INC.

8305 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR

ASAP HOME INSPECTION

1216 158TH ST
Vancouver, WA

Associated Inspection Firm Inc

PO Box 823052
Vancouver, WA