Top Notch Home Inspection’s Owner, Jeff Hayes, was born and raised in the Portland-metro area. He has deep roots in the construction and real estate industries, and in the community as a whole. With 25 years in the construction and real estate industries, Jeff is uniquely qualified to help buyers, investors and real estate agents to get the most out of a home inspection.
In 1994, Jeff helped launch K&D Hayes Construction. As part owner and manager, he developed and built approximately 75 homes. The construction experience gained in this role provided him unique expertise as a home inspector as his knowledge of real estate and construction goes (literally) from the ground up!
In 2007, Jeff began to transition out of his role with K&D and into the commercial industry. He began as a project manager and estimator with Payne Construction. This role allowed him to grow his skill set with increased connections in public works departments, and experience dealing with very large scopes of work and even overseeing a $5M project.
With changes in the real estate market, Jeff decided to make a big change too. In 2010, he became an Oregon Certified Home Inspector, and began Top Notch Home Inspection LLC. Over the past eight years, he has carefully added to the team, and has become one of the most respected home inspection companies in the Portland-metro area, and also stretching south of Salem and to the Oregon coast – and just in the last year, growing to inspect in Washington State as well. With a current staff of five, Top Notch Home Inspection LLC averages as many as 25 home inspections per week.
In 2018, Jeff and another team member, Kevin Halligan, both became certified Home Energy Score Assessors. This additional service allows the top Notch team to really address ANY portion of preparing a home for listing – right on through to any inspections a buyer might require.
In other exciting certification news, Jeff is now able to offer training classes on a variety of inspection and home-related topics for continuing education credits for realtors!
Jeff is proud to be an industry-leader, and to offer the highest quality, most comprehensive home inspections available on the market today.
Jeff is married with three daughters and one crazy golden retriever puppy – Drex, the newest member of the Top Notch team.
When he isn’t busy providing realtor training, or booking and performing inspections, Jeff enjoys traveling, watching and tracking sports of all kinds, and all things water-related – from rafting to snorkeling to anything poolside – by the water is where he likes to be.
An Inspector with Top Notch Home Inspection LLC since 2015, Kevin Halligan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. But he’s got some “Oregon” is his veins now – since studying at the University of Oregon and receiving a degree in Marketing.
Just a year ago, Top Notch Home Inspection LLC added the expertise of native-Portlander Michael Holsapple to the team. Michael has five years of experience as a sewer inspector – but he will tell you his job is actually more about customer service.
Top Notch Home Inspector LLC is excited to introduce our newest inspector, Tim Jones. Until moving to Oregon a year and half ago with his wife, two sons and dog – Tim lived his whole life in Hawaii. They are all loving Oregon!
Jennifer Hayes coordinates the marketing and business development needs at Top Notch Home Inspection, as well as human resource issues. With an extensive administrative background from way back with an environmental and geotechnical company, and seven years in sales with a heavy construction equipment rental company, the leap to understanding home inspection and the importance of building relationships in this industry was an easy one. One of Jennifer’s favorite aspects of this role is being a part of a small business, and helping it grow – of course the financial success of the company is vital, but also helping to find growth and development opportunities for the whole team. In addition, Jennifer loves that the Top Notch team is helping people find homes they will love and make memories in for years to come!
Born and raised in the Portland, Oregon area, Jennifer loves the Pacific Northwest. From the mountains and rivers, lakes and especially the coast, there is so much to see and do outdoors! And she has an equal love of the thriving city life – amazing food and entertainment abound in the Portland area!
Jennifer is proud to be married to Top Notch Home Inspection’s owner – and enjoys being his sidekick through the challenges of being a small business owner. Together they enjoy traveling when they can – and lots of entertaining. Nothing makes her happier than days spent cooking up something new for Jeff and their three daughters, or other friends and family!