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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!
RECENT BLOG POSTS
While in the big picture, there are far worse things that can go wrong with a house, this is a small issue that I see fairly often. In the following picture you can see the fall restraint bracket attached to the roof.  The hole in the end of the bracket is where the worker would attach their rope...
Posted 1 day ago
To continue in the spirit of how things would be different on my planet, let’s talk about B-vents. This particular issue with B-vents is something that is likely going to correct itself, all on its own, as we move more and more to high efficiency gas appliances.  The problem with B-vents that I a...
Posted 7 days ago
I remember all too well my very first inspection. It was ten years ago—almost to the day of the start of this contest.  I was fresh out of the 120 hour inspection training course I had taken at Bellingham Technical College and all my ducks were in a row as far as having my Structural Pest licens...
Posted 10 days ago
  The other day I was talking with several non-inspector friends of mine, and one of them asked me what was the most common defect I see in homes regardless of cost or style of home. It was a surprisingly easy question to answer, and it got me thinking about the overall quality of homes.  It got ...
Posted 13 days ago
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Posted 15 days ago
We are all painfully aware of the many problems on our planet.  Most of us have opinions of how these problems can be “fixed,” while others hold that the problems stand no chance of being fixed, still others seem content to bury their heads in the sand. Logic and irrepressible optimism puts me in...
Posted 16 days ago
I often hear from clients, that their agents have told them that the inspection will take about “X” amount of time.  These time “estimates” often have no basis in reality other than perhaps what the agent is used to.  I have heard these estimates range from a “couple of hours” to “three or four” ...
Posted 18 days ago
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Bedroom egress has been discussed numerous times on this forum by me and by others.  Whether it is new construction or older housing stock, home inspectors will comment on concerns regarding egress from bedrooms.  They will discuss the presence of egress windows as well as the opening size of the...
Posted 21 days ago
Posted 21 days ago
  Well it was not our biggest meetup in terms of numbers of participants---but still great!  The thing about these meetups is that you get to talk about some of the things in the industry on a more personal level.  Because we aren’t all agents or inspectors etc, we get a little different perspect...
Posted 22 days ago
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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!

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