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Why do I Need a Home Inspection?

By Dill Ward, December 3, 2020

New, old, renovated, or dilapidated, if you’re in the housing market, as a buyer or a seller, you will benefit from learning more about your house. Often the hope is that major defects will be obvious, or that everything about a property is common sense in nature, but all houses are million-piece jigsaw puzzles of materials exposed to the elements and built or rebuilt over time.

During home inspections your inspector will climb to every reasonably accessible space to take notes on the observable materials, check the condition of mechanical features, report major and minor damages, many will also test the environmental conditions of the home (humidity in walls, radon testing, oil tank searching, etc), and create a list of appliances then comment on their observable operability. Sometimes the condition of a home on a report can be scary, but all damages are repairable at some cost, gathering and understanding repair bids are an entirely different conversation, learning what repairs might be on the horizon will enable you to make informed decisions on how to move forward.

If you are buying a new home, you may feel comfortable with the idea of a fresh home lacking the wear and tear of previous residents, then getting a new home inspected can either be confidence building or can give you a list of oversights needing attention. What could be an oversight? Faulty electrical outlets, air duct cleaning, improper window flashing, roof punctures without proper sealing, surface grade adjustments for redirecting water, disconnected outlets, improper crawlspace grade, insufficient roof ventilation, or many other reasonable concerns and common defects for any scale of construction (new neighborhoods or new homes in older neighborhoods).

Owning a home with an inspection report also gives you a reference of the mechanical features (HVAC components, ventilation devices, electrical boxes, dishwasher, water heaters, ovens, ranges, refrigerators, etc). Ultimately inspection reports are reference guides for observable repairs that you may consider over the time you own your home, and are not perfect synopses but are the starting point for asking the right next questions.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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