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     Lynn Niderost Certified Home Inspector

     CCB #195225   OCHI #1650

     Bonded/Insured


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Preparing Your Property for a Certified Home Inspection in Roseburg, OR
Have you called NorWest Home Inspections in Douglas County for your home inspection? We look forward to helping you evaluate your current or potential home. In order to prepare for your scheduled home inspection, please review the following information before the inspector’s arrival. Please note that we are unable to move furniture, personal property, pictures, or lift rugs, so please have the home’s interior and exterior as accessible as possible!

Before a Home Inspection: What You Need to Know 
Here’s how to get ready for your home inspection:

  1. Inform us prior to our arrival if you are aware of any dangerous conditions of the home or property or any unusual conditions we should know about.
  2. We need all utilities turned on, including water, electricity, and gas, as well as any gas pilot lights lit, prior to our arrival in order to fully check all appliances and systems. We are unable to turn on any utility services.
  3. If someone will not be present at the home, we need a means to unlock and enter all areas of the home and property. This includes yard gates and garage doors.
  4. We ask that all pets, especially dogs and other distracting or possibly dangerous animals, be secured in an enclosed and removed area such as a dog run, or removed from the property entirely. This allows us full access to all areas of the home, garage, and adjacent property.
  5. We will be reviewing all rooms and closets throughout the house, so please ensure that the home is as free of excess belongings and stored items as is practical.
  6. We need access, with visibility, to as much of the garage area as possible, preferably with cars moved outside.
  7. We will be operating all kitchen appliances and opening cabinets, so access is necessary. We also like to run the dishwasher through a complete cycle. 
  8. We will be running water through all faucets, sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets and will need access under and around all of these to inspect the plumbing. We are not allowed to move items, including those under sinks.
  9. We will be opening all accessible window and doors, so we need clear access to as many as practical.
  10. We will need access to all attic area hatches, with room to set up a ladder below them.
  11. We will need access to crawl space hatches.
  12. We will need access to main electrical panel, and any electrical sub-panels, with a minimum of three-foot clearance in front and to both sides. Please note that this is also a safety requirement.
  13. We will need adequate access to furnace area and air conditioner unit.
  14. We will need adequate access to the water heater.
  15. We will operate all accessible light switches and ceiling fans and check a representative number of electrical outlets, so we need working light bulbs installed along with access to as many outlets as practical. We don’t expect you to unplug your everyday appliances.
  16. To minimize distractions, the fewer number of people present during the actual inspection the better, to avoid unnecessarily interrupting the inspector. We always encourage clients to be present at the conclusion of the inspection to review our findings and allow us to point out any relevant conditions as well as answer any additional questions.


Please remember that our Douglas County home inspector will need the above items attended to prior to our arrival. We encourage you to maximize full access to all areas of the home, garage, and property—or your inspection will not be as complete as you deserve.


Call Our Douglas County Home Inspector for More Information
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! We look forward to serving you. If you have any questions prior to your appointment, feel free to contact NorWest Home Inspections at (541) 459-4128!

how to Prepare For a home​ Inspection

Serving Roseburg, Sutherlin, Melrose, Oakland and Umpqua areas in Douglas County.

Lynn Niderost Certified Home Inspector   CCB #195225   OCHI #1650   Bonded/Insured