Home Inspection Resources for Homeowners

Octopus Home Inspections LLC understands that finding the right home inspector can be as important as finding the right home.

Home Inspection Services

Portland Home Inspection Services You will receive an unbiased, visual home inspection. The home will be assessed from roof to foundation to identify safety issues and describe the current conditions on the property. This includes: Roof Gutters Chimney Siding...

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Why You Need a Professional Home Inspection Before Buying

  Can you attempt your own home inspection? Sure you can. In fact, if you Google home inspection tips, you'll no doubt find tons of articles listing what to look for and what to check. But the question you should be asking yourself is not whether a DIY home...

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What Does a Quality Home Inspector Look For?

3 Things That Make a Quality Home Inspector Often I am asked what exactly is a quality home inspector looking for during a home inspection. I usually go down the list in bullet point fashion, but the top three things that are most important to any home buyer are...

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How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

Determining Home Inspection Cost When I opened this business, one of the many responsibilities I had was to come to a pricing schedule for my inspection services. One of the first things I did was research how other inspectors were determining home inspection cost, as...

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Roof Flashing

Roof flashing comes in multiple sizes for every different purpose. The most common of which are "drip-edge", "L", "W", "Kick-out" and "Counter". As I go through the different, more common, types of flashing you should expect on your home, remember, just because they...

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Why Octopus?

[su_row class="mw"][su_column size="1/2"] People often ask me "...so why Octopus?" I named my company Octopus Home Inspections because I have always been enamored with the species. My admiration and fascination started as a child and still grabs my attention without...

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Hazardous Scenarios- Water and Electrical

I was inspecting a house recently, and I came across a potential deadly combination: water and electrical. When I saw this it took a few moments for my brain to register what I was looking at. At the time I was on the search for the washing machine faucets, both hot...

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Ice Buildup at Eves and Rain Gutters

Here in Portland OR, we rarely see snow that sticks. Snow usually flurries in from the easterly winds flying down the Columbia River Gorge, initiating in colder inland climates. A few years back, we had what was referred to by many as the 80 year storm, and that...

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Chimney Flashing

Have you ever noticed a brown or yellow discoloration on your ceiling? Has it grown over time? Does it look like the image posted below? If so, you may want to check to see if you have a roof leak. Don't get me wrong, water leaks can originate almost anywhere, but...

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Upper Roof Downspout Terminations

With new construction today, it is common to have multiple levels of roofing that don't sit square on top of one another, like the days of old when a lot of homes looked as if they had been designed by a manufactured home architect, where foundation, main level and...

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Enlarged Crawlspace

  To the left you can see that a house that originally had a typical crawlspace when it was constructed, had been dug deeper to offer a larger area  below the structure. Some of the things an inspector has to take into consideration are; Q: Have the foundation walls...

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Rooftop Safety

  This is a harness anchor attached near the apex of the roof. This addition makes navigating the roof much safer should the person have proper harness and repelling gear. I even inspected the fasteners (nails) to make sure they wouldn't offer a roof leak, and, as you...

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V Shaped Cracks In Wall

Have you ever seen this example on the walls in your house? If you answered yes, then I would advise you to call a structural engineer. Cracks in walls may be a typical thing an a lot of homes, but when they are in a V shape (wider on one end than the other), this...

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Home Had Foundation Damage

We had Octopus Home Inspections out to do an inspection for a 1941 Craftsman home we were interested in purchasing. My wife was dead set on buying this house from the first time she saw it… so all that was left was just to have it inspected for additional piece of...

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Easy To Read Inspection Report

I’ve never had such a thorough report so easy to read. Chris did a great job! My husband is very skeptical of services for hire of anyone, and in fact, gave Chris a hard time with an aspect of the report he did not understand. Chris kept his professionalism and was...

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Home Inspector Finds Extensive Dry Rot

My partner and I just had a home inspection by Chris at Octopus Home Inspections. Chris took his time and even crawled into a small crawlspace access he found in the floor of an old addition on the front of the house. It was so tight he had to take his watch off to...

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The Top Choice For Your Portland Home Inspection

Buying A Home - Sound Investment or Big Financial Mistake? You are about to make one of the largest investments of your life by buying a home. It’s exciting and at the same time stressful. The excitement and emotion of buying a new home sometimes can cloud our...

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Client Reviews

We had Octopus Home Inspections out to do an inspection for a 1941 Craftsman home we were interested in purchasing. My wife was dead set on buying this house from the first time she saw it… so all that was left was just to have it inspected for additional piece of...

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View Sample Report

A sample report home inspection report can help you evaluate the services of a prospective home inspector. We are happy to share a sample report for you to review: Click To View Sample Report

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