OREGON STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
In Oregon, home inspection businesses are required to have a CCB license and inspectors must be certified. Click here to read the Oregon Home Inspector Consumer Notice.
CCB LICENSE CHECK
Click on the link to the Oregon Construction Contractor’s Board to see if your Home Inspector is licensed.
Why Get A Home Inspection ?
You have looked and looked at property, and now you have found the home that fits. Our “looking” is complementary to yours. While you look for livability, we look for function. We have the training and knowledge to do a thorough survey of the home’s various components and major systems, and we will do an impartial in-depth review that typically takes at least two hours to complete.
A home can be the most expensive investment of your life. A COAREI Home Inspector can help assure that your purchase is grounded in a solid understanding of the home’s condition, and not just faith, hopes and dreams. COAREI members have the certification, the knowledge, the experience, and the network support of fellow members necessary to provide you with the best possible inspection available.
What Do You Do With Your Inspection Report?
No home either passes or fails. A home inspection report simply describes the condition of the home and provides you with in-depth information to make a more informed purchase decision.
COAREI members recommend that you carefully review your report with your Realtor. They can help you decide what, if any action needs to be taken prior to your purchase.
At the time of sale, smoke alarms must:
- Have hush buttons and a back up battery.
- Be located at every level of the home and outside of all sleeping areas.
- Have battery powered smoke alarms with a 10 year rated lithium battery Only If the home was not originally wired for hardwired smoke alarms.
Smoke alarm replacements must be like for like. This means that if a hard wired smoke alarm does not meet the current standards it must be replaced with a hard wired smoke alarm with a hush button feature and not just a battery operated one.
Most homes in Central Oregon have hard-wired alarms and do not need 10 year batteries. (Rule of thumb: Newer than 1972, the home has hardwired alarms outside the bedrooms)
In the document addressing these changes, the State Fire marshal strongly recommends adding smoke alarms inside each bedroom for additional protection. However, this is not required on homes that were not originally equipped with alarms in the bedrooms. (Rule of thumb: Newer than 1996, the home has hard-wired alarms in each bedroom)
Be sure you CALL A COAREI MEMBER for your next inspection… all full home inspections completed by COAREI members include checking for proper type, placement and operation of smoke alarms.
Click Here to read more from at the web site for the Oregon State Fire Marshall
The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed HB 3450, the Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act, requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in specific residential applications with a carbon monoxide source. The purpose of the bill is to reduce deaths and poisonings from carbon monoxide. Read more about rules and requirements...
Click here for EPA info on Carbon Monoxide.