Russ Motyko is a certified home inspector in the State of Oregon (OCHI # 1898) and in the State of Washington (WAHI # 1856). He brings with him close to 10 years of commercial and residential construction experience. He has been a part of every stage of building a house from laying tile, to installing trim and flooring, to putting up siding and roofing. In his last three years in the construction trades, Russ was a framing contractor (CCB# 201971) specializing in custom, high-end homes, commercial buildings, and remodels with extensive and difficult structural upgrades.
Russ is the son of immigrants who speaks Russian fluently and has strong ties in the Slavic community. Having witnessed the incredible challenges faced by his parents when they first came to this country, Russ wanted to be part of a company that would stand up for the immigrant community and help those who are less fortunate. Nonprofit Home Inspections’ focus on helping to make sure that everyone in our shared community has access to safe housing was a big factor in Russ’ decision to join NHI’s mission based organization.
Russ earned his associate of arts degree from Clackamas community college. He is veteran who was deployed overseas as part of operation Iraqi freedom and is a current member of the US Army reserve.
Russ’ years in the construction industry is what drove him to become a home inspector. Too many times he saw homeowners that were taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors and builders. Russ wanted to be in a place where he could stand up for the homeowner and help them demand that the builder or contractor do things right. He wanted to have opportunity to educate the homeowner and give them the information they often times so desperately need.
Most importantly, all of the remodels that he did showed Russ how much damage a small roof leak, a misplaced bathroom vent, or a missing piece of flashing can do to a home. Often times all that it takes to prevent disaster is a person who knows where to look to spot the little details that aren’t quite right. Finding and exposing the defects that will lead to financial ruin is what Russ is most passionate about and why he’s excited to work for Nonprofit Home Inspections.