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Buying your first home in Beaverton Oregon: Don’t let the inspection scare you!


Buying your first home in Beaverton, Oregon,can be a scary thing. You are spending a lot of money, probably more money than you have ever spent in your life. College costs a lot of money, but nothing compared to owning a home. But unlike college, you actually get to use the money you spend the day after you are handed the keys. (How many of us actually have careers in what we majored in during college?)

Thereare a lot of steps in the home buying process, but the two mostimportant, as far as I’m concerned, are the appraisal and the home inspection.(OK, and hiring the best Beaverton,Oregon, Realtor). But, today weare going to talk about the home inspection and what it really means to you, the buyer.

The home inspection can cost anywhere from $250-$500 depending on the size of the home, if it has a crawlspace or not, and if you are including a pest and dry rot inspection. (Some inspections include those for free.)

I’ve had many 1st time home buyers tell me they can’t afford to spend the money on a home inspection and that the house looks good to them. Well, I can tell you that the money you spend on an inspection can be the least expensive insurance policy you will ever buy. Imagine if you had bought a home without an inspection and you are moving in and a week later you see mold in the closet? The previous owner may not have known, but there was standing water under that house that the inspection would have found, had you had one. Total cost of the repair? Up to $10,000 or maybe even more. But had you spent that $400 you would have know about it before hand. (Even if it hasn’t rained in weeks an inspector can see signs of water or other damage that pests or water have left behind.)

Now, the inspection shouldn’t be something that is there to scareyou out of buying a home and there are many inspectors that I like to call “ALARMISTS!” These inspectors find a paint chip in the hallway and they yell, “GET OUT, THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO FALL DOWN” This type of inspector can scare you, but that really isn’t why the inspector is there. They are there t warn you about potential problems or to find problems that already exist that no one knows about.

I have a group of inspectors that are very thorough, and like me, love to work with first time home buyersThey understand that the clients have not been through this process before and aren’t there to panic anyone,but just to show them what they have found. Some agents don’t like to have their buyers at the inspection, but I require at least one person who is on the loan to be there during the inspection.

The reason I do this is though pictures and description do tell of the problem, they can actually make things look a lot worse than they really are. I like tohave the inspector, when he or she finds something, to bring the buyer over, point it out and explain why it could look this way and what it the possible fix could be for the seller, if that is something that is needed.

If I were to look at a 4x6 picture of dry rot in a bathroom in an inspection report, I might yell, “Run, the house is falling down!” But the inspector may point out, and one did, that this was right below where they stored their tooth brushes on the wall and the water that was dripping down from them after they had rinsed them was causing some dry rot. The pictures made it look like a $10,000 bathroom remodel, the actual bill was $14 and the removal of the toothbrush holder.

This is where a good inspector comes in and doesn’t alarm anyone, just points out the facts and shows you where your potential problem could be and what you could do to fix it, or if it is something major,something you could have the seller fix before close. Most of the time,the sellers are prepared for a repair addendum and most of the time, it isn’t a big deal.

So, don’t let the thought of getting and inspection, scare you,but at the same time, do make sure you get one! If you are in the market for a new home in the Beaverton, Oregon, area give me a call, I would love to help you home!



Todd Clark (Principal Broker)
eXp Realty LLC
Comment balloon 15 commentsTodd Clark • March 31 2009 11:04PM


These are great tips on what buyers can expect and need to do with their home inspections, Todd. Obtaining a home inspection is one of the most important things a buyer should do when purchasing a property, and is one of the top three things I go over with my first time home buyers on what to expect once they are ready to make an offer - to write a check for their earnest money deposit, then for the home inspection and then for the appraisal.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

Inspections are very important, however, as you point out, they should be put into proportion.  I like the way you used the illustration of the tooth brush and the dry rot.  I think there has to be a balance between those things that are beyond normal wear and tear for the home, structural deficiencies ... an more minor types of things.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Todd...Great Advice for Home Buyers. A Building inspection can be cheap insurance and eliminate a big Cost of damage or other problems caused by water,electrical or just old age or bad workmanship not found during the home purchase.

Great Post, thanks for sharing it with us all.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi Todd, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Posted by Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate (RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.) over 11 years ago

Karen - I have seen to many people hurt because they listened to their agent and they didn't get the home inspection. Then when I sell their home, because their agent is no longer in the business, they have to pay for those repairs.

Joan - There is a big difference between normal wear and tear and house falling down... The key is to show the buyer the difference.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Fred - I don't think even experienced home buyers realize what or how important a home inspection is and it is our jobs to make sure they take the steps to protect themselves.

Sash - Thanks for the comment and I really need to introduce you to TLW.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago


Very funny my friend :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Todd --- great post, again.  When I read you post, I felt like it was me talking.  I say these things to my agent/owners.  This is great to have to teach new agents as well as for the first time home buyer. Thanks.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

TLW - I thought you would like that and I think you two should meet, Sash has a lot to learn from you.

Mama Liz - I would move to South Carolina, but I don't like heat or humidity and I understand you have both!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd, What you said can't be said enough. Some of my investors don't feel the need for an inspection but for the "ordinary buyer" it's a must.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Barb - I tell my investors to get them also, because if they want to make money, then they to be sure they aren't buying a lemon.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd, great post - home inspections are a MUST - I love how your home inspector clarified what the mold was about. ;-)

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago

A good inspector is worth their weight in gold even if the buyer finds little to be concerned about the inspection give great comfort that they made a good decision.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Teri - You have to or every sale would be a sale fail in the Pacific NW

Terry - So true, some inspectors look for faults others look for encouragement. These people love the home, help them love it more!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd, any chance of working with buyers in Kentucky? I want more realtors like you!

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) over 11 years ago

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