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was personable, friendly, and professional in all our interactions leading up to and at the conclusion of the inspection. The report he produced" for the house was great, with plenty of pictures indicating the specific problem areas, and good explanatory text. Unfortunately, he missed a couple of major issues. The basement wall has a diagonal crack through it, which was not mentioned in the report. When I contacted him to ask him about it, he sent an extremely brief reply, saying it wasn't a problem and could be fixed but not necessary. I replied to clarify, asking if he had noticed it or not during the inspection. He dodged the question, only saying it was mentioned in the report, but it wasn't. There was only a very generic disclaimer saying that hairline cracks that don't affect the structural integrity wouldn't be mentioned. This crack is 1/4"+, definitely not a hairline crack. The first reaction of one contractor who saw it was "WHOA!" I certainly would have liked it mentioned. Additionally, there is a subterranean termite infestation which he apparently missed. It appears they are gaining access through the unmentioned foundation crack. We are now looking at having to tear out all the finished basement walls, repair/seal the foundation, and spend thousands on a whole-house poisonous termite treatment right as we're expecting a baby. I understand it's impossible to have a 100% accurate home inspection, and
seems like a great guy, but the purpose of hiring a home inspector is to make an informed buying decision, and in this case, I don't feel I was equipped with all the necessary information to do that.

-Tres S.

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was very organized, polite, and detailed. He was easy to schedule, showed up on time, and performed a very detailed home inspection. He answered" all of my questions and definitely looked out for our best interests by calling out items in his inspection that could be concerns. I would definitely recommend
to my friends, family, and neighbors.

-Scott H.

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Home inspection

For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make. For those preparing to buy, a quality home inspection is key. An inspection is usually required for a home purchase. A highly rated home inspector will look at every nook and cranny to gauge structure stability, present and potential dangers. But remember, a home inspection is not a guarantee or a warranty - it may not find everything.

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It really depends on where you are and the type of work.  In Texas most home inspectors are only trained in general areas of interest and have no detailed knowledge of construction practices.  Some do after having carrerrs in other fields including engineering or as general contractors/home builders.  If you are wondering if a completed job was done in a professional manner appearance wise and have minor concerns an inspector can help you.  If it is more extensive hire professionals from the different fields to inspect the respective work.  Plumber for the plumbing, electrician for electrical, etc.  An experienced GC or inspector can do an initial inspection and advise you whether you should have the concerns further investigated by the trades.  Remember, they can't tell much about what they can't see so framing and insulation concerns will be hard to verify.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX
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It's a little unusual to do this except in cases of fixer-upper properties but you should call a local general contractor with experience renovating/remodeling homes in the neighborhood.  They'll know the typical problems with the homes there and what to look out & budget for.  For example, here in San Antonio many of the homes built in the mid-fifties to 60's have lead drains that were not put in properly or were installed in such a way that repairs are not quick or cheap.  Many homes even older have the same drains but seem to be less hassle to repair.  Homes in my neighborhood have a problem with improper supply lines (wrong type of copper) which break due to corrosion.  Just make sure the contractor you hire to go over the property with you has done significant work on homes in the area on similar homes.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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Are the heat pumps commercial or residential units?
Are the heat pumps Package or Split System?
Are there actually 33 PTAC units?
Are you an EPA certified person( refrigerant )?

Here is my suggestion, break it down into manageable portions(ie one heat pump and a few PTAC units every other month) to keep from being overloaded.  
Clean/Replace filters
Check/inspect electrical wiring and connections
Check amperage draw of compressors/motors 
Check capacitance of start and run capacitors
Check contractors/relays for wear/pitting
Check refrigerant levels and record superheated/subcooling
Check external static pressures across air handler(s)
Check deltaT (return and supply air temps) 
Lubricate motors( if applicable)
Inspect Belts/Pulleys( if applicable)
Clean outdoor coils
Clean indoor coils

Start there and HAVE FUN!!! 

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arrived early. He was very thorough and found a number of issues we were unaware of (an incorrect type of pipe used in our furnace and some DIY electrical errors by a previous owner). He made a list of jobs we need to accomplish for the safety and integrity of our 86-year-old home. He gave thoughtful and detailed advice about what REALLY needed to be done versus what some might try to sell to us.
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was professional and friendly. We were quite impressed with his inspection.
- Amy R.
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We moved in to our new home in September and the 8+ year old architectural shingle roof had received an OK from the home inspector with supplemental notes that some exposed nails needed to be spotted with caulk and there was some granular loss. When the rains started in October we started to notice soffit leaks. We spotted nails and added some flashing but leaks continued. By mid-October more leaks appeared and we contacted four roofers including
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's. All companies were extremely busy but two came out and inspected our roof. Both said the previous installation was bad (improper nailing) and that the roof had been pressure-washed (a BIG NO-NO). It needed to be torn off, there was no way to repair it at this point. We got two bids for the job which would include a complete tear-off and re-roof. A third company suggested just a re-roof and we rejected that idea.

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based on the comprehensive assessment and recommendations
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gave us when we sat down with him, the number of years they had been in the business and Angie's list reviews for the company. His bid was higher but he included 30# felt due to our ship-lap sheathing (the other bid was for 15#) and Marlarkey shingles (a local product with a thicker and better nail zone). We wanted a roof that we did not have to worry about again. We limped along for several days waiting to get a spot in the schedule, shuffling leak buckets then called
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and said we needed help right away. He sent a crew that day to install a temporary felt cover on the north side to buy us some time.

Actual work began on the 20th of November - at the front end of the terrible cold and wind system that blew into the northwest. The crew got us water tight after the tear-off then they were pulled away with urgent emergency repairs needed by others as trees fell and roofs blew off. The only "B" we gave them related to communication during this time since some days they could not come to our job and we didn't know for sure when they would be back. We totally understood the situation and difficulty they may have faced making calls to us when they were responding to others in greater need. This was hugely overshadowed by the excellent work that was done in terrible, blowing and freezing cold conditions that even included work on a Saturday.

The job was completed the week of the 17th;
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made sure we were happy and did a great job making sure things were done right. We appreciated all of the other guys who worked on the project as well, we highly recommend the company and we would definitely use them again.
- DONA G.
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and his lab,
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, came to our house to inspect for bed bugs. We were reassured that our home was bug free. Part of the fee is a return visit in one month if concerns continue.
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is very knowledgeable about bed bugs, and
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is a delight.
- LYRA H.
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returned my call the same day that I left him a message. He was a few minutes early for the appointment. He was personable, and most of all thorough. I have bought and sold many homes and I had never had an inspection as meticulous as this one. Incredibly he even finished writing his reports the same day. I recommend
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- ADRIANNE M.
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was in a class by himself because of his willingness to inspect and estimate damage during our real estate inspection period.
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also was able to do a very thorough job with the pest treatments by working closely with
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of Master Builder LLC. This allowed him to treat our insect problems simultaneously as structural repairs were made. My wife and I are convinced that this resulted in a superior level of treatment. Additionally, the final charge was lower than the original estimate, and includes a follow up visit to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.
In short, we are very satisfied with the level of service
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provided, and will not hesitate to use him for our pest control needs in the future. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of pest services.
- Neal L.
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was on time and wrote an extensive report. Much of the report was copy and paste and wasn't accurate to our home.
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took on a charismatic attitude toward me and was condescending. He was also unable to crawl due to his weight.
- Amy K.
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was on time and wrote an extensive report. Much of the report was copy and pasted and wasn't accurate to our home.
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took on a chaurmistic attitude toward me ( was condescending and he was also unable to crawl due to his weight).
- Amy K.
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was prompt, friendly, and profoundly thorough. He expected the task to require 4 hours, and when he needed an
additional hour or more, he did not raise the price. He patiently explained things that had been outside my scope of understanding.
In the week following this work, he helped me, via email, when I had more questions, or needed referrals for specialists.
The process of buying a house is overwhelming for me, and I felt I had an expert in my corner who cared about MY best
interests, over and above somebody's sales commtission.
I recommend him without reservation.
- Linda B.

All Home Inspectors in Portland

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A 2 Z Home Inspections

PO Box 2019
Beaverton

A Division of Stumptown Construction Inc

4804 NW Bethany Blvd
Portland

A Guy I Know Inc

2850 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. #345
Beaverton

A-1 Analysis Inc

P.O. BOX 881
Clackamas

A-Team Home Inspections, Inc.

PO Box 4120
Hillsboro

Accurite Building Inspections

7341 SW Laview Drive
Portland

Advanced Timber & Fire Company, LLC.

11048 SW Greenburg RD Unit 140
Tigard

Alf Solutions

9530 SW 6th Ave
Portland

ALLPOINTS HOME INSPECTIONS LLC

6715 NE 63rd St Ste 103

AMERICAN HOME MAINTENANCE

4015 N CONCORD AVE
Portland

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Associated Master Inspectors LLC

PO Box 230966
Portland

Assurance Home Inspections

222 SW Harrison St Apt 8D
Portland

ATHURO INSPECTION

PO BOX 398
Corbett

Barajas Fire Protection LLC

21127 SE Salmon St

Bari Home Inspection

P.O Box 82309
Portland

BARKEE INSPECTION SERVICES

6101 NE 102nd Ave Apt 14

Ben Tester-The Home Tester

10555 SW Tigard St
Portland

Brendan Fitzpatrick Home Inspections

6327 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland

Breunig Construction Inc.

14360 SE Haze Ct.
Portland

BURTON PEST CONTROL

2972 SE Turner Creek Drive
Hillsboro

Cascade Radon Inc

2761 NE Halsey St
Portland

Certified Inspections Northwest

2966 Norkenzie Rd
Eugene

COLUMBIA PEST CONTROL INC

1722 NE 119TH AVE
Portland

Cooper Home Inspections

15915 SE Monner
Happy Valley

Cornerstone Home Inspection Services

17070 SW. Pike St.
Beaverton

CRAWFORD INSPECTIONS

PO BOX 665
West Linn

CRITTER CONTROL

6809 SE Foster Rd
Portland

Cuff Inspection Services, LLC

17297 SW Greengate Dr
Sherwood

Dan Hunt Construction

656 Chapman Rd

Douthit Thermal LLC

P.O Box 1119
Newberg

Eagle Eye Inspections

6505 SW 179th Ave
Beaverton

Eco-Plumber, LLC

6533 SE 70th Ave
Portland

Element Home Inspection

2124 N Humboldt St.
Portland

ELITE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, INC

15532 SW PACHWY
Portland

EMERALD HOME/BUILDING INSPECTION

2870 NE HOGAN DR
Gresham

ENDEAVOR PLUMBING INC

PO BOX 28037
Portland

Energy Comfort Construction

15635 SE 114th Ave
Clackamas

Esbey Construction Co

4207 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland

Ethereal Elements

16454 SW Cornelian Way
Beaverton

EXPRESSION HOMES

1856 NW JILLANNE CT
Mcminnville

Fogerson Home Inspections

19711 Nevin Ct
Oregon City

FOOTE HOME INSPECTIONS

9325 SW PINE ST
Beaverton

FORENSIC WATERPROOFING CONSULTANTS

105 SE Taylor St
Portland

FOSTER GAMBEE GEOTECHNICAL

14355 NW MCNAMEE RD
Portland

Goal Line Inspections

2835 SE Franklin
Portland

GRANT ASSOCIATES INC

1017 SE 34TH AVE
Portland

Gregg Roofing Inc

27001 SE 15th St

GruntWorks

8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Beaverton

GTM Construction Inc

17735 Mardee Ave
Lake Oswego

H 2 Handy Pro

61535 S Hwy 97
Bend

Hammer & Hand

1020 Southeast Harrison St
Portland

Handyman Sam LLC

7207 NE 73rd St

Hart Home Inspection

3501 NE 113th St

Haskin Electric Inc

5317 NE St Johns Rd

Home Guardian Northwest

1798 4th Ave
West Linn

Home Inspections 285 LLC

4207 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland

Home Inspections Northwest

12911 SW 113th Place
Portland

HomeTeam Inspection Service

5890 SW 191St Ave
Beaverton

HomeTech LLC

PO Box 692
Clackamas

Hopkins Home Inspection

4062 NE 10th Ave
Portland

INSIGHT HOME INSPECTION SERVICE

P O BOX 17539
Portland

Insight Property Inspection LLC

21419 Ne Interlachen Ln.
Fairview

INSPECT-IT 1ST

6851 SW GLENWOOD CT.
Wilsonville

Inspectek West, Inc.

390 NE 20th Pl.
Hillsboro

J Kromer Inspections LLC

620 11th St
Oregon City

J.A. Hand Construction, Inc.

1355 8th Street
West Linn

JDM Electric

PO Box 1628
Hillsboro

John L Mitchell Home Inspections

15015 NW West Union Rd
Portland

Jones Stohosky Environmental Laboratory, Inc

3315 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie

JUSTICE PROPERTY INSPECTIONS

68890 NICOLAI RD
Rainier

K9 Bed Bug Detection NW LLC

11305 SW 121st Avenue
Tigard

Kamran Ohi P E

1025 Jefferson St NW

KLN RENOVATIONS

2411 SE ELLIOTT
Portland

Leupitz Pest Control Inc

3760 Brooklake Rd NE
Salem

Lice Ninjas

15800 Boones Ferry Rd Building C, Suite 202
Lake Oswego

LOWE'S

2850 OCEAN BEACH HWY

M P Plumbing Co

15330 SE 82nd Dr
Clackamas

MATT 'N MEL'S SEWER SCOPING SERVICES INC

18006 Gimley Ct.
Lake Oswego

Maximum Construction

18410 S Green View Dr
Oregon City

Miller Consulting Engineers

9570 SW Barbur Blvd #100
Portland

Mister Sparky - Beaverton

16055 SW Walker Rd
Beaverton

MT HOOD HOME INSPECTIONS INC

39060 Dubarko Rd
Sandy

Neil Kelly Design Build Remodeling

804 N Alberta St
Portland

NO SURPRISES

9207 SW MIDEA CT
Portland

Northwest Insulation LLC

19630 SW 90th Ct
Tualatin

NORWEST APPRAISAL

27333 SE ORIENT DR
Gresham

NW Tank Lining & Inspection

2115 East 27th Street

Oregon Home Check

10940 SW BARNES RD
Portland

OREGON WEST INSPECTIONS INC

7075 SW GABLE PKY
Portland

Oregons Premier Home Inspection and Duct Cleaning

6107 SW Murray Blvd Pmb 229
Beaverton

Our Home NW llc

604 Ne 100th Ave

PACIFIC HOME INSPECTIONS, Inc.

524 LAUREL ST
Lake Oswego

Pacific NW Home Inspections

531 N. Bridgeton Rd.
Portland

Permit-It.com

PO Box 998

PILLAR TO POST

15532 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland

Pillar To Post of SW Washington

7644 NE Hazel Dell Ave

PORTICO HOME INSPECTION

3541 SW VERMONT ST
Portland

Portland Home Inspect

11840 SE Brookside Dr.
Portland

PORTLAND INSPECTIONS INC

3300 Wembley Park Rd
Lake Oswego

Prairie Electric Inc

6000 NE 88th St

Premier Design Group

3737 N Alaska St
Portland

Premier Electric

PO Box P
Corvallis

Premier Home Inspection Service

PO Box 219
Independence

ProSpec Home Inspection Service

14550 S. Griffith Ln.
Mulino

Quality Hardwood Floors

PO Box 16328
Portland

R & R PROPERTY SERVICES, INC.

PO BOX 1679
Estacada

Ram Jack West

PO Box 11701
Eugene

RED DOG HOME INSPECTIONS INC

PO BOX 11009
Portland

Revival Energy Group

7208 NE Hazel Dell Ave.

Rich's Repair All

17611 NE 188th Ct

Right Arm Construction Inc

1045 SE Rimrock Ln
Portland

Roof Life of Oregon

11445 SW Tiedeman Ave
Portland

SEABOLD HOMES

12525 SW BRIGHTON LN
Hillsboro

Seismic Technologies

8616 N Swenson St
Portland

SELECT FINISHES, INC.

PO Box 690
Sherwood

Service Group Construction

10411 NE Fourth Plain,

Service Plumber Hillsboro

160 SE Washington St
Hillsboro

SIDING SOLUTION INC

3535 SW MULTNOMAH BLVD
Portland

Simmons and Crowe Pest Control

22496 sw meissinger place
Sherwood

Simply Leak Detection

1837 Clovercrest St

Summit Pest Management

8250 SW Hunziker St Ste B
Portland

SUPERIOR HOME INSPECTION

12611 NE 7th Avenue

Ted Mcbee Boring & Excavating Inc

11428 NE Schuyler St
Portland

The Excavators LLC

21975 SW Riggs Rd
Beaverton

The Haas Group LLC

2215 Plank Road

THE HOUSE INSPECTOR

PO BOX 435
Beaverton

Thor Home Inspections

6514 N.E. 224th ave

Top Notch Home Insepection

16415 Wayne Dr.
Oregon City

Trail Blazing Corporation

PO Box 703
Cornelius

Trunz Home Inspections

2260 Rock View Gln

VIP Property Mgmt

10640 NE Halsey St
Portland

VPE Electrical Services

8317 NE 126th Ave.

WESTERN ARCHITECTURAL

9115 SW Oleson Rd Ste 106
Portland

Wilson Electric

2700 ne 199th nst

WIN HOME INSPECTION

2459 SE TV HWY PMB 222
Hillsboro

WIN HOME INSPECTION TIGARD

9220 SW BARBUR BLVD
Portland

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