7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Inspector

Home Inspector

Before hiring the first inspector you find, make sure they can answer these questions.

By Jason Boone

You found the perfect home in Bend, it’s an awesome four-bedroom, two-bath home in your ideal neighborhood but there could be some serious problems with the home and the first thing you need to do is hire a home inspector.

An Absolute Necessity

The reality is that you don’t have an option to not hire a home inspector, you have to hire a home inspector because, a home inspection is a requirement if you want to meet your mortgage lenders requirements before you purchase the home.

Your Due Diligence Will Pay Off

Before hiring a home which you found on a website like Yelp, Google or a home inspector who was recommended from your Real Estate Agent make sure you do your due diligence by first asking these 7 questions.

1. Are you a member of any professional home inspection organization?

2. What is your background?

3. How many years have you been a home inspector? If they have been in the business for one year or less you might want to think twice before hiring them.

4. How long will your home inspection take?

5. Which areas of the home will you inspect?

6. Can I attend your home inspection?

7. What home type of home inspection report will you offer

Do Your Research

Last of all, but most important, make sure to do your research when hiring a home inspector and do you research online to review any feedback, testimonials or complaints which have were written by actual clients of theirs online because this step can easily save you the time, money and hassle of choosing the wrong home inspector.

To learn more tips about hiring the right home inspector or to view homes for sale across Bend contact me, Jason Boone, Principal Broker with Duke Warner Realty | Skjersaa Group by calling me at (541) 383-1426 or by emailing me at Jason@sgbend.com.

How To Spot An Illegal Garage Conversion

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As a home buyer, one of the most important things that you should be on the lookout for when buying a Bend Oregon home is a garage that has been illegally added onto a home.

Over the years many garages have been added onto homes across Bend and they aren’t hard to spot if you know what to look for when you’re attending an open house.


The first “giveaway” that you’ve found an illegal garage in Bend is if there are one or more windows that were never boarded up or bricked over when the garage was added onto the home. Having a window that’s directly connected to the garage is dangerous especially when you consider the harm that can come from car exhaust fumes and other chemicals that are often used in a garage.

Hose Bib

Many illegal garage conversions will have the old hose bib inside the garage, instead of outside, or in front of the home. Keeping a hose bib inside the garage doesn’t seem like that big of a deal at first but it can present many water damage problems to the homeowner later on if it’s not moved.

Lack of Fire Barrier

Another common sign of an illegal garage conversion on a home in Bend is when there is no fire barrier between the home and the garage.

A fire barrier is a separate wall that’s constructed between the home and the garage to insure that the occupants of the home have enough time to evacuate the home if a fire does break out.

You’ve fallen in Love with the House, Now What?

Let’s say you’ve found a home in Bend and your home inspector has told you that the garage is an illegal add on, now what do you do? You can either ask the homeowner to bring the garage up to code before you purchase it or you can do the following:

Step 1 – Hire an architect to give you plans that will need to be followed for getting the garage up to date with building codes, planning regulations and zoning codes.

Step 2 – Contact a building contractor to get an estimate for construction on getting the garage up to code.

Step 3 – Take your plans or blue prints to the City of Bend for review and approval.

Most cities across the United States have firm deadlines for completion of projects like bringing illegal garage conversions up to code so if you ultimately do decide to purchase a home with an illegal garage conversion it’s important to keep that deadline in mind or risk the possibility of paying hundreds of dollars in fines until the work is completed. 

To learn more about buying a home in Central Oregon, or to view the latest Bend Oregon homes for sale, contact me today by calling: (541) 383-1426.

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