Cooper Home Inspections. Guaranteed satisfaction since 1986.

“As a real estate agent, I have always strongly recommended that my clients get a home inspection. I believe it’s one of the most important safeguards available to buyers, and it’s a small price to pay for the assurance it brings to a transaction. I use Steve Cooper to inspect my prospective purchases. Steve provides one of the most thorough and organized reports in the business.” -- Glenn McCarthy, Portland OR

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Oregon Certified Home Inspector #258

Oregon Construction Contractors Board #50406

Member and Founder of Northwest Home Inspectors Association


Confirm that all utilizes are on: Gas, electric, water. Make certain the hot water tank is functioning and all pilot lights are lit.


Disable any security system at the time of the home inspection.


Provide full access to all attics, crawlspaces and storage areas. Remove all stored items.


If needed, place signs to direct the home inspector and real estate agents to hidden features, or any special requests (Don’t let cats out! / hidden vault behind hallway bookshelf…)


Unlock all gates, doors and outside access doors.


Remove all storage in front of the furnace, electric panel and all service access panels.


If there are any dangerous conditions on the property (recent pest treatment, wasps, damaged/loose wires, ect.) convey this information to the real estate agents and home inspector before the time of the inspection.


Move any stored items away from the foundation. Cut back excessive vegetation and tree limbs.


Replace any burned out light bulbs. Simple electrical repairs will help in completing the transaction: burned out stove elements; damaged outlets and switches; replace all missing cover plates. Consult with an electrical contractor if needed.


Replace dirty furnace air filters. Be certain filters are of the right size and are secured in place.


Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if necessary.


Secure all pets that may get in the way, or be affected by the home inspection. Plan on 3 or 4 hours for this to take place. If needed, arrange for temporary boarding.


Remove automobiles and stored items from the garage that may restrict movement.


Performing a pre-sale inspection BEFORE you place your home on the market is a great way to expedite the sale of your home, with no last-minute surprises. An occasional “Check-up” is also a good idea toward protecting what is probably your greatest investment. 


Some easy-to-fix items commonly found during a home inspection:

Gutters dirty / downspouts clogged.

Moss on roof.

Chimney cleaning needed.

Slippery algae on decks, steps and walkways.

Broken window glass and hardware.

Window screens damaged or missing.

Loose or missing doorknobs and hardware.

Cabinet hinges not adjusted.

Toilet water runs on / adjustment needed.

Handrails needed at all stairs.  


The better the condition your house is in at the time of the home inspection, the quicker and easier the sale!