We understand that buying a home can be intimidating, to say the least. We're here to help make it less so.
Typically we conduct inspections Monday - Friday during "normal" business hours. Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and Evenings may be available by special appointment (additional fee may apply, depending on the situation, urgency of inspection, etc.).
The typical homebuyer uses a realtor to help them find their dream home. But unfortunately, too many realtors are focused on 'making the sale' and they don't want anything to get in the way of their commission. They have a list of one or two home inspectors they refer buyers to, and those inspectors know that they better not do anything that might slow or cancel the sale if they want to keep getting those referrals. As a general contractor and home inspector, we've repeatedly seen where an inspection report did not call out something that was of material significance, either because they simply missed it, or because they didn't want to get on the realtor's bad side. If you are intent on buying a home regardless of what may or may not be going on with that house, then by all means, use one of the inspectors your realtor recommends.
But if you want to get as accurate a report as can be given on the state of your potential home, call us. We at HIO believe the buyer should know as much as possible about the home they are considering buying, so we give you an unbiased, complete report focusing on the inspection standards of both the state of Oregon and InterNACHI (our licensing body). Our typical inspection and report take a total of 5-7 hours, because we take the time to inspect what needs to be inspected, and to describe it carefully and accurately. (If an inspector tells you they can do the inspection in 60-90 minutes, remember that you get what you pay for!)
* We will give you the truth about the home your are considering.
* We will show up on time, and will do what we say we will, and our reports will be well-written and easy to interpret.
* We are first-time buyer and pet friendly!
* We can help with aging-in-place home evaluations.
* We will spend as much time as you need at the time of inspection, and after you get your report, to address your questions.
* Most importantly, we spend the time needed (minimum of 3 hours, and up to 5) needed to inspect the following systems and components in your home:
- heating (and AC, if present) system
- exterior of home
- attic, including insulation
- crawl space and/or basement
- living spaces including all bedrooms
- bathrooms, including toilets, showers/tubs, and sinks
- laundry room/space
- kitchen appliances
At HIO, we know how important our work is to you, the homebuyer. The median home price in 2022 in Benton county was $537,000, and in Linn county it was $387,000. Isn't it worth $500 - $600 to make sure that your potential new home has no surprises and will be a safe and comfortable place for you and your family?
How many problems do you see here?
*A home inspection allows buyers to learn about major and minor issues with a home
* Most lenders require a home inspection before financing a home
* A home inspection can uncover a potentially life-threatening problem with a home, like faulty wiring or structural issues.
* The relatively low cost of a home inspection - typically around 1/10th of 1 percent of the purchase price - pays for itself many times over with the peace of mind it offers the buyer.
* We often find issues that can result in concessions from the seller, saving you much more than the inspection fee.
You've bought your new home - congratulations! But inspection and upkeep don't end after closing.
Homes and home systems age, and a re-inspection every year or two is a great way to stay on top of maintenance and repair items.
If you have not used HIO in the past, our fee is still quite reasonable and the few hundred dollars spent on an inspection can save you many thousands of dollars in costlier future repairs.
In short, we conduct a visual inspection of readily accessible components of the home. It is NOT - by code or by practicality - a comprehensive inspection of all home components.
We do not rush through the process, and we do not double book or overschedule, as we want to leave whatever time might be needed to inspect your home properly.
Mike brings a varied knowledge base and a wealth of experiences to the realm of home inspections. While teaching for 15 years at the high school and university levels, and then practicing medicine for another 15 years, throughout it all he always enjoyed the hands-on problem solving of home remodeling and construction with his own homes. His highly analytical mind and excellent communication skills will be very useful to you in your journey to home ownership. In his free time, he bikes, swims, runs, camps, flies his homebuilt airplane, runs a set of escape rooms in Corvallis, travels, and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to cram 30 hours in a day. All with the support of his loving wife, Anna, Penny (the dog that thinks she's a cat), and Rocky (the dog that thinks all solid substances are food).
Jonathan also brings a wide skillset to his home inspections, including but not limited to:
- inventor of the umlaut
- coined the phrase "don't even go there!"
- was the first person to realize that pants should NOT be put on backwards
- holds a patent for an automatic curtain closer that senses when the occupant wants to look mysterious to the neighbors, and thereby closes the curtains in a spooky way
The fee for a home inspection depends on multiple factors, and takes into account the square footage, the age of the home, whether it is a condo / townhouse (generally lower fee) or a detached home, as well as other factors. But as a guide, our fees generally start at $450, and typically do not exceed $750.
All full home inspections include inspection for wood destroying organisms, as well as the use of infrared imaging when needed and appropriate.
Our inspections typically take a minimum of 3 hours to conduct. You are welcome to follow us in those areas where it is safe to do so. (For example, we will not allow you to climb onto the roof with us, or to enter the crawl space.) And while it is not required for you to be present, we do recommend that you attend if possible, as you will get a much better understanding of your potential new home.
We offer various stand-alone services, if you only need or want specific things inspected (or re-inspected, as the case may be). Note that all of these items (and more!) are included in a full home inspection.
Wood Destroying Organisms exam .................$150
Infrared Camera inspection..............................$100
Roof inspection (inspection conducted on roof unless conditions or slope/type of roof prevent this)..........................$100
Crawl space inspection........................................$100
Electrical system inspection................................$125
Plumbing system inspection................................$125
We occasionally send out useful information about home maintenance and upkeep. We NEVER give or sell your information to anyone else.
One of the benefits of choosing HIO for your inspection!
We do not and will not sell or distribute any of your information to any third party. We will not keep any payment information on file or stored in any medium. We will not tell anyone about the ugly color you painted your bathroom. We will not share information about how many pairs of shoes you have and why you need two walk-in closets all to yourself.