Key Home Inspection Services

Ken Newell owner of Key Home Inspection

Key Home Inspection goes beyond to make the inspection process smooth and the report you receive accurate and easy to read. With our experience, we understand the inner workings for a home and the best way to address issues found.

We use cutting edge technology to inspect every element of the home, from the foundation and crawl spaces to the attic and rooftop, and keep up to date on current Building Sciences to stay on top of emerging issues and solutions. Whether you’re a seller, a buyer, or looking into preventative maintenance, we make sure you receive a clear and usable report so you can make the best decisions on your home investment and are with you every step of the way.

Buyers Pre-Purchase Inspection

The pre-purchase inspection is for single family homes, condominiums, and townhomes. A full home inspection includes a visual inspection of:

  • The homes exterior which includes exterior siding and trim and any attached porches, balconies, or decks to determine that they are sturdy and undamaged. We will also inspect driveways, sidewalks, patios, and the quality of the surface drainage, as well as any vegetation or grading issues that may cause trouble for the structure.  
  • The roof and roof flashings for signs of damage or leakage, we attempt to determine the age and the remaining life of the roof and ensure the roof drainage system is clear and functioning properly.
  • The attic cavity to determine the presence, type, and condition of insulation in the attic. We inspect the roof framing and decking for signs of structural deficiencies, damage or leaks and ventilation issues.
  • The exterior and interior of the homes foundation for signs of settlement or indications of structural failure. We examine the under floor framing, post and beam system and piers for evidence of damage and we check crawl spaces for the presence and condition of insulation and vapor barrier.
  • The homes Interior which includes floors, ceilings, and walls for any structural or water damage, staircases and railings to make sure they are safe, the condition and operation of all windows and doors, all countertops, cabinets, and any appliances that will be sold with the home, including the garage door and garage door opener.
  • The heating and air conditioning systems, noting the type of systems in use in the home, the method that heat is distributed throughout the structure, and to check for common problems or defects associated with the system in question. We will also test the heating and cooling system by using the thermostat and checking the response. Air filters, vents, flues, and chimneys will also be inspected for any obvious defects.
  • A properly functioning electrical system in a home is critical for your safety, as electrical system problems are responsible for thousands of house fires every year. We inspect the electrical system including the light switches to make sure that they are functioning, electrical outlets to make sure they are properly wired, and the electrical service panel for signs of age, wear, and damage.
  • The plumbing system, testing all faucets, toilets, bathtubs/showers, and hose bibs. We test multiple fixtures at one time, to ensure functional flow and pressure of the water supply. We inspect the supply and drainage pipes and the water heater for signs of current or past leakage or signs of rust or corrosion.

 

Home Energy Score

Home energy scores are now required on all homes listed for sale in the city limits of Portland. Similar to a car’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Score provides homeowners with valuable information about their home’s energy performance, while also recommending improvement projects that can save energy and lower utility bills.

When incorporated into real estate transactions, a Home Energy Score allows prospective home buyers to better understand the true cost of owning a particular home, allowing them to compare the expected energy costs of different homes and affording them a measure of protection when making one of the biggest financial investments of their life.

Radon Testing

Handling radon properly enhances the real estate transaction. Since radon is here to stay and is a major health risk, we want to help our clients understand radon and what their options are.
According to EPA estimates, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

High radon can be found in homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements and homes without. Even homes right next door to each other can have different concentrations of radon.

The good news is that even if a home has high radon levels, radon mitigation is relatively simple. Qualified radon mitigation contractors can install a radon mitigation system that provides a permanent solution. Learn more about Radon

Sewer Scope

Sewer issues are the unseen problems that sneak up on homeowners and if not caught early can cost thousands to make the extensive repairs or replace the line entirely. We use a high definition camera to inspect the lines to quickly and easily mark the problem areas. Find small issues before they become big, costly issues.

Sellers Pre-Listing Inspections

Once the decision to put your home up for sale has been made, taking the steps for a smooth and successful sale is an important step. Knowing issues your home has allows you to preemptively fix problems that may cause hang ups during closing the sale. Buyers want a house without problems and fixing them before they are even aware will put them at ease during the buying process.

Getting the work done on the house before the buyer’s inspection will also save you money. Since the time frame is not rushed, you will be able to get multiple bids and choose the best option for repairs and avoid rush fees.

Save yourself grief during closing by knowing the issues of your home before putting it on the housing market. This service includes a full report documenting the current condition of your home with complete photo documentation.

inspecting floor of bathroom

One Year Warranty Walkthrough

While any issues found early on will be corrected promptly by the builder, some issues take time to appear as the house settles and appliances go through use. There also may be issues that aren’t easily spotted by an untrained eye.

Before your one year warranty is up on your new home, have us do an inspection at 11 months to make sure your builder makes the necessary repairs and double-checking previous fixes by the builder.

Home Maintenance Inspections

Have peace of mind with your home by doing periodical home maintenance inspections. Inspections as part of your home maintenance budget protect your investment for the future and help avoid costly long term damage.

An Inspection is integral to the home purchasing process.