Hi. My name's Jim Katen. I'm Oregon Certified Home Inspector #15 and I've been inspecting homes in northwestern Oregon since 1992. When you hire me to inspect a home or solve a problem with your home, I'll treat you as I'd treat a member of my own family. You'll get my undivided attention for as long as it takes me to do the job and when I'm done you can always call me with questions.
Whether I'm speaking with you about your home or writing a report about your home, I promise to use plain, everyday English. Here are some of the services that I can provide to you.
Home Inspection: You can hire me to evaluate the overall condition of a house before you buy it or after you own it. I'll evaluate and describe all of the basic structural and mechanical systems. When I find things that I consider to be defects, I'll tell you what the problems are, why they should be important to you and what I think you should do about them.
Construction Inspection: Hire me as a consultant before you build your new house. I can review your plans, consult with your builder and provide inspections at critical stages of construction.
Forensic Investigations: If you're experiencing a particular problem with a particular house, hire me to investigate it. I'll bring 15 years of building science knowledge to bear on your problem and provide you with a plan of action to fix it.
Litigation Support: No one wants to go to court. But if you have to, I can help by providing research, investigation and documentation. If necessary, I can provide expert witness testimony.
Providing all manner of inspection services in northwestern Oregon. Home Inspections. Forensic Investigations. Litigation Support. Problem Solving. Lateral Thinking.