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What Are The Contract And Report Standards For Oregon Home Inspectors?

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Check It Out Home Inspection Is Licensed In Oregon and Washington

Check it Out Home Inspection is licensed in two states; Oregon and Washington. We are located in Portland, Oregon and provide home inspections in the Greater Portland area and SW Washington. As an Oregon Licensed Home Inspector, we are required to apply for our certification through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB).

This is the state board that defines the Standards of Practice for Oregon Home Inspectors. The rules they have established are archived in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Database. OAR is an official compilation of rules and regulations having the force of law in the State of Oregon. The rules set by the Construction Contractor Board are in Chapter 812. OAR 812-008-0202 through 812-008-0214 are the set of rules which set forth the minimum standards of practice required by Oregon certified home inspectors.

Home Inspector Standards of Practice: Contracts and Reports

Below is a copy of OAR 812-008-0202 Contracts and Reports and establishes a standard of practice for all Oregon home inspectors.

(1) Home inspections undertaken according to Division 8 shall be based solely on the property conditions, as observed at the time of the home inspection.

(2) Oregon certified home inspectors shall:

(a) Provide a written inspection contract, signed by both the Oregon certified home inspector and client, prior to completing a home inspection that shall:

(A) State that the home inspection is in accordance with standards and practices set forth in division 8 of OAR chapter 812;

(B) Describe the services provided and their cost;

(C) State where the planned inspection differs from the standard home inspection categories as set forth in OAR 812-008-0205 through 812-008-0214; and

(D) Conspicuously state whether the home inspection includes a wood-destroying organism inspection and if such inspection is available for a fee.

(E) For the purpose of this rule, a home inspection shall be deemed completed when the initial written inspection report is delivered.

(b) Observe readily visible and accessible installed systems and components listed as part of a home inspection as defined by these rules unless excluded pursuant to these rules in OAR 812-008-0200 through 812-008-0214; and

(c) Submit a written report to the client that shall:

(A) Describe those systems and components as set forth in OAR 812-008-0205 through 812-008-0214;

(B) Record in the report each item listed in OAR 812-008-0205 through 812-008-0214 and indicate whether or not the property inspected was satisfactory with regard to each item of inspection; it will not be sufficient to satisfy subsection (2)(c) of this rule that the certified home inspector prepare a report listing only deficiencies;

(C) State whether any inspected systems or components do not function as intended, allowing for normal wear and tear; and how, if at all, the habitability of the dwelling is affected;

(D) State the inspector’s recommendation to monitor, evaluate, repair, replace or other appropriate action;

(E) State the Construction Contractors Board license number of the business and the name, certification number, and signature of the person undertaking the inspection; and

(F) Include on the first page of the contract and on the first page of the report, in bold-faced, capitalized type and in at least 12 point font, the following statement:


(d) Submit to each customer, at the time the contract is signed, a copy of “Home Inspection Consumer Notice.”

(3) Division 8 does not limit Oregon certified home inspectors from reporting observations and conditions or rendering opinions of items in addition to those required in Division 8.

(4) All written reports, bids, contracts, and an individual’s business cards shall include the Oregon certified home inspector’s certification number.

What Do Check It Out Home Inspection Reports Look Like?

At Check it Out, your Home Inspection Report includes easy to read details on:

        The condition of every major component of your home, from the roof to the basement. This includes, but is not limited to, the grounds, roof, exterior, garage, electrical, plumbing, kitchen, bathrooms, living spaces, and outbuildings.

        Evaluation and description of the manually tested working order of all operable systems, i.e. windows, doors, faucets and sinks, heating and a/c systems, etc.

        A summary page that helps to prioritize items of concern such as major defects, deferred cost items (things that may need replacing/repairing within 5 years), safety issues, potential improvements, and items to monitor.

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About Check It Out Home Inspection

I started Check It Out Home Inspection to apply my 15 years of carpentry experience to home inspections. I worked in both new construction and remodeling, so I know houses inside and out — framing, foundations, plumbing, electrical, windows & doors, HVAC, you name it. I am proud to serve the entire Portland metropolitan area as well as the southwestern Washington/Vancouver area.

Full-Service Home Inspection Services

At Check It Out Home Inspection Services, we offer all the home inspection services you would expect, for example electrical, plumbing, roof, structure, interior, exterior, garage, and grounds, etc. (Go to the Check it Out Home Inspection homepage for a full list of home inspection services). We also offer One-Stop Shopping Home Inspection Services so you can schedule sewer scoping, radon testing, and oil tank searches 24/7 with a single click or call.

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