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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!
The home was newly remodeled.  Why would anyone think an inspection was necessary?  I have talked about this many times, as has every other inspector with a blog.  There is the very erroneous opinion that homes that have been newly remodeled homes, or homes that are brand-new, will not have defec...
    Some things just make you go through the roof! Well, hopefully not this.  I mean it is important to keep things in perspective.   This pipe has been improperly terminated for 12 years and could likely be this way for another 12 years before the roof starts to rot—who can really tell.  There i...
  I have blogged about this in the past, but it apparently deserves repeating. Why do agents, when they are calling for repairs, “short hand” what the inspector has written? Here is a fairly typical, request for servicing of a furnace on a flipped home: Furnaces this age should be serviced annual...
  Pre-offer inspections are not for the faint of heart! In my market, with limited inventory and abundant buyers, “pre-offer” inspections, or “walk-through” inspections have become very common.  I know inspectors that claim to do nothing else.  The idea of a pre-offer inspection is for the buyer ...
  If you are not already familiar with the term “air-bypass,” I can almost guarantee that you will become more and more familiar with as time goes by.  Air-bypass is a term that gets discussed in conjunction with the proper air sealing of buildings—or more likely, the lack thereof. Arguably it is...
  "Performing" home inspections can be a bit like spending the day at an amusement park.  There are the adrenalin packed traverses of roofs, the slides through haunted attics & crawl spaces, the clowns, and the mystery & excitement of an electrical panel magic show. (I just had to put “clowns” in...
  This past Wednesday we had our 8th ActiveRain MeetUP at the 14 Carrot Café. It was certainly not the largest gathering we have ever had---in fact it was likely the smallest.  I am not sure why the turnout was so small, but I like to think it is because everyone is just too busy working because ...

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