Blog Stories A sewer scope is the best $125 inspection

A sewer scope is the best $125 inspection

By Carson Mead, June 2, 2020

My client Rachel recently closed on her new home. The house was a light cosmetic flip, with a serene and peaceful backyard that had a couple of babbling creeks nearby. The peaceful nature of the property was a huge selling point for my client, and the house had a lot of features that made the home a great fit. There were a few issues that came up in the home inspection for the house itself, and we managed to get some of them addressed in the form of a credit.

The seller had not performed a sewer scope when they purchased for the flip, and there was no clean-out on the property. We negotiated for them to install one so we could complete the sewer scope. The inspection turned up a couple dips (bellies) in the line that were issues that needed to be fixed. We got two bids, and the seller agreed to do the repairs. The first repair was under the driveway, and was completed easy enough to the tune of $4500. The second belly was located near the street, at 16′ depth and under one of the babbling creeks. The contractor they selected could not get a handle on the job, or provide a bid for it. Ultimately the sellers agreed to a further $16,000 price reduction so we could close the transaction, my client could move in, and she could perform the work in late summer when the creek is at its low point.

It was a long process that required a lot of patience and negotiation. In the end, my client was very happy to have the repair partially completed, and the funds in hand to complete the job on her own timeline.

Carson Mead

Broker & ADU Specialist

My first introduction to the world of real estate came in 2004, when at the age of 22 I bought my first home in NE Portland with my sister. I still remember what a monumental life transition that was. Buying my own home laid the foundation for a lifelong love of all things related to houses. I enrolled in a year-long Building Construction program to gain more knowledge in housing systems and techniques. I have used those tools to enhance my own home both inside and out. I joke that my favorite part of a house is the basement, as that’s where I can see the health and maintenance of a home’s systems: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation etc. While a home inspector is the professional on helping to understand the story of a home, I like to provide as much due-diligence as possible up front before you spend the money and get into contract. Ultimately my goal is to meet you in any endeavor that you are wanting to undertake. If you are looking to sell, I will develop a strategy that makes sense for you with your goals, timelines and marketing strategy. If you want to invest in your home before going on the market, we’ll look at what you can do to maximize your profit: be it refinishing floors, painting, modifying light fixtures, and getting it staged. If you need to stay in your home while selling, I’ll bring in my stager to help get perspective on how to pare down the feel of your home and have tangible goals to achieve in getting ready to go on the market. If you are looking to invest in Portland real estate, we can talk about the big four in analyzing properties. Rental income, principal reduction, equity growth and tax benefits. I work with spreadsheets to outline these assets so you can see the short and long term performance of your investment. Once last piece of my professional and personal life that I spend a lot of time thinking about are ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units). Also known as mother-in-law units and granny flats, these can be detached or attached. When I see a home, I look at the property in detail to see how the home is oriented on the lot and if it is ripe for a detached ADU (new construction), or if it is a good prospect for creating an attached unit (a basement apartment). I also look at the zoning to see what kind of potential this could add. I am in mid-process building my own detached ADU. The structure is going to be modern with clean lines and open concept. I live on a corner lot, which means the ADU can have it’s own street entrance. I also have zoning which will allow me to split the lot if I choose and sell it separately at some point. My plan is to keep it as a rental, but this will create a lot of flexibility both short and long term. I am a cooperatively focused broker, with a passion for helping people achieve their goals and succeed in their endeavors. I am patient, understanding, trustworthy, and truly care about your best interests. I serve on my neighborhood association board and the larger Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. Please let me know if you'd like to share a beverage, coffee, tea, beer/wine to talk about what’s important to you and see if it would be a good fit to work together. All the best— yelp
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