Portland Home Hazards

Portland, Oregon, like any other city is home to many hazards for home buyers and sellers. We have flood risks, earthquake risks, mold problems, lead poisoning, radon risks, landslide zones, and more. We believe it is part of our job as Portland real estate agents to inform our clients of potential home hazards, how to test, how to get more information, and how to mitigate these everyday home hazards.

If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months and want an agent that will look out for your safety and best interest, Kami Price, buyers specialist would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next twelve months and want an agent that knows what problem issues to address before going to market, Stephen would love to tour your home. Call today to set an appointment.

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor
4% Max. to Sell a Home
Cancel Anytime Policy
Licensed Since 2003

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Portland Home Buyer Tests: Lead Based Paint, Lead in Pipes

April 21, 2014

Many home buyers come to their Portland real estate agent with concerns about potential hazards and unseen risks in the Portland home they have their eye on. And well they should! Just because a home looks perfect on the surface doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dig a little deeper, especially if it’s an older home. Based on the experience of a Portland real estate agent, I’ll be doing a series of blog posts on home buyer tests – simple ways for you, the home buyer, to know if materials like lead, asbestos and radon are a problem for a given Portland home. Let’s start with lead. Once considered a great base for paints and water pipes because of its corrosion-resisting properties,...

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Back to School for your Portland Home

September 16, 2013

Here’s a quick quiz: What’s an R-value? What are the symptoms of mold? Is your Portland real estate agent required to disclose information about toxic lead paint? There’s a lot to learn about being a Portland home buyer or seller, and there’s a lot to learn about your home before you put it on the market. Luckily, you don’t have to take any tests, but your home should! Here are some common tests and audits that will make your home more buyer-friendly. The test: Mold and mildew investigation Required to sell home? No, but standard home inspection will pick up major signs of mold or water damage Why test? Mold and mildew tests are common after a water damage event...

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Portland Oregon Radon Map 2013

March 21, 2013

As a Portland real estate agent I’ve noticed that Radon testing is a growing trend, it has become more and more popular to test every home for Radon levels in the greater Portland Metro Area. It seems these days you can hardly find a home inspector that does not also include a Radon test option (for more money of course). I do not expect this trend to go away. If you are selling a Portland home you can expect the buyer will most likely test your home for Radon levels! It is to your advantage to be prepared and perhaps conduct the test ahead of time so you know what you’re dealing with. (Surprises are never good for real estate...

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Portland Natural Disasters: Is your Home at Risk?

November 17, 2012

Whether you currently own a home in Portland or are thinking of buying one, you may be thinking about how a natural disaster might affect where you live. The good news is, Portland, Oregon is not in the path of tropical storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes, and we consider a foot of snow to be a major winter event. But that doesn’t mean we’re immune to disaster – especially mudslides, earthquakes and flooding. In a temperate region that normally doesn’t deal with a lot of extreme weather, even strong winds and some ice can leave many residents without access to the basics. What can the Portland home owner or home buyer do to be prepared? The most important thing is to...