Powder Valley Home Inspection Services
Powder Valley Home Inspections, LLC provides knowledge and peace of mind for prospective homebuyers, sellers, and property investors throughout the South Central Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast. Our professional property inspections adhere to InterNACHI’s excellent Standards of Practice in order to provide a consistently high quality service that educates our customers on a property’s condition and long-term maintenance needs.
If you are selling or buying a manufactured home, then most likely a foundation certification will be required. For all FHA and VA loans, an engineer’s foundation certification is required that states that the home is placed on a permanent foundation that complies with the “HUD Permament Foundation Guide for Manufatured Homes”, dated 1996 by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
We have partnered with the engineers at Foundation Certifications to provide a turn-key foundation certification service to you. You may place your order online by going to http://www.FoundationCerts.com order.
Before you go through with the purchase of a home, it’s critical to have a thorough knowledge of the home’s condition and what kind of maintenance it will demand. This inspection will evaluate the visible and readily accessible components of a home to look for any defects or areas of unsafe construction. We encourage the prospective buyer to attend the inspection so that we can explain any issues in person, making it easier to understand the property’s overall condition. A full report of our findings will be sent within 24-48 hours. If you have any questions after reading through your inspection report, please don’t hesitate to give us a call—no matter how much time has gone by!
The inspection includes these components:
- Roofing System (including gutters & downspouts)
- Foundation & Crawl Space
- Structural Components
- Driveways & Walkways
- Deck & Patio
- Draining & Gradage
- Attached Garage
- Exterior (doors, windows, siding)
- Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
- Attic, Ventilation, & Insulation
- Electrical System
- Plumbing System
- HVAC Systems
- Built-in Appliances
A Buyer’s Inspection is also available for multi-family living spaces. Inspections for multi-family homes start at $275 per unit (1100 square feet or less)—and the price per unit decreases as the number of total units goes up.
A moisture meter may be used at no extra cost to check for areas of moisture intrusion or plumbing leaks.
We offer these additional services:
Commercial Property Inspection
This inspection is designed for commercial buildings of virtually any size, ranging from modest storefronts and office spaces to industrial warehouses. We’ll carefully evaluate the readily accessible areas of the property to make sure that there are no defects that need to be considered when weighing the pros and cons of a potential investment. We’ll also make sure that the installed mechanical systems are safe and operational.
New Construction Inspection
Before the builder performs the final walkthrough on your new home, you should schedule a New Construction Inspection so that you can have peace mind with your investment. We’ll carefully evaluate the readily accessible areas of the property in order to identify possible construction oversights or defective materials. This knowledge will give you a chance to address issues with the builder before the construction process is finalized.
11th Month Warranty Inspection
Before the builder’s 1-year warranty expires on your new home, it’s strongly recommended to have the home professionally inspected. We’ll investigate most readily accessible areas of the property for any issues that were overlooked when the home was bought or that have emerged in the months since. Depending on the nature of a discovered issue, your warranty may cover some or all of the repair expenses.
A faulty structural component or system in a home can certainly be a cause for concern for prospective buyers. Luckily, the seller of the home will often agree to arrange repairs for the defective component in question. This inspection is intended to give the buyer peace of mind by re-evaluating the component after repairs have been made.
We all know how important clean water access is inside a home—because without it, residents are exposed to potentially unsafe conditions. This service will ensure that a home’s drinking is safe by taking samples from both the tap and well to send off for laboratory testing. The test will primarily look for concentrations of dangerous bacteria, lead, and other heavy metals.
Pest and Dry Rot Inspection
This inspection will investigate the cause and potential consequences of a previous or ongoing pest infestation inside a home. We’ll also search for areas of possible dry rot and diagnose the conditions that permitted the damage to occur. We strongly recommend scheduling this service before investing in a home, as these types of damage can often go unnoticed. Pest and Dry Rot Inspections are free (a $75 value) for customers who are spending $450 or more on other inspection services.
This inspection is for individuals and their families who are planning to sell a home. Before negotiating a transaction, you need to know everything that you can about the property’s condition. We’ll assess most areas of the home to scope out any defective or unsafe components. Having this knowledge will make the negotiating process easier and more likely to succeed by giving you a chance to make any necessary repairs and to explain known issues with prospective buyers before they bring in their own inspector.
New Construction Phase Inspections
Phase Inspections are meant to be scheduled at several different stages of the construction process on a new home. This gives us a chance to identify any defective materials or unsafe construction practices as the home is being built, making it easier for the contractors to address the issues—and easier for the homeowners to have peace of mind with their investment.
4 Point Inspection
This inspection is an examination of four of a home’s most critical areas: the roof, HVAC system, electrical system, and plumbing system. Most insurers require these areas of a property to be in acceptable condition before they’ll consider a policy, so it’s a good idea to schedule this service before you make a decision about a home.
Wind Mitigation Inspection
Coastal homes have to be built to endure the stress caused by high winds in order to have an acceptable life expectancy. This inspection will take stock of the wind mitigation implements that currently exist on a property—and we’ll offer recommendations for additional protection that should be considered if you choose to buy the home.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has been found to contribute to numerous health problems, including serious lung conditions. After forming underground, radon often escapes the surface—which means that the gas can potentially enter a home through cracks and gaps in the foundation. Radon is odorless and invisible, making it necessary to bring in a trained professional with the proper equipment needed for detection. We recommend that all prospective homebuyers schedule this service so that we can make sure your future home is safe.
If you need a particular structural component or system of a home professionally inspected, but you’re already knowledgeable about other areas of the property—then this is the service for you! We’re able to perform a Specialty Inspection for any area of a property, whether it’s the roof, foundation, electrical system, or something else entirely.
We Have Your Best Interest In Mind
At Powder Valley Home Inspections, LLC, we have your best interest in mind when we inspect a property. We’re determined to accurately describe the condition of a residential or commercial building so that you don’t have to guess—potentially saving you big money in the future. Contact us today to request an inspection.