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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, is a licensed and working home inspector and lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College. Smith was a two-term member of the WA state licensing board and is adjunct faculty for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. ASHI certified inspector. The information in this blog is designed to appeal to residents of the Pacific Northwest.
In the wet Pacific NW, missing metal flashings at critical and weather exposed locations can result in serious consequences -- rot of siding, moisture intrusion into walls, rotted flooring. When a flat surface such as a deck or a porch attaches to the exterior wall of the home, with few exception...
  The next Washington state approved home inspection training course, to be offered on campus at Bellingham Technical College, will begin on February 2, 2015. This was the first course to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing back when home inspector licensing began i...
A few times a year,  I find fuel-burning (gas-fired or oil-fired) appliances installed in unsuitable and unsafe locations. About a year ago, shortly after arrival at an inspection, I was walking around the exterior of the house. The old masonry chimney, a commonly seen situation, was retrofitted ...
Often, at a deck or landing, the home inspector will find that handrails and guardrails are not in accordance with safety guidelines. Another area where deficiencies often stick out like a sore thumb, include when the inspector is hired to inspect an outbuilding. The photo below, stairway to a ba...
Bellingham Technical College has hired Don Hester of North Central Washington Home Inspections in Wenatchee, Washington, to be an adjunct faculty member and field trainer as part of the college's state approved home inspector training class.                                   Don Hester, onsite wi...
Home inspectors see many instances of deferred maintenance when inspecting the average home. The newer the house, usually the less of that the inspector sees. We might note oversights and deficiencies that will lead to problems over time, but usually not deterioration at a new house. At a propert...
          It is not good news, but to be truthful, it is iffy as to whether or not a home inspector will be able to reliably detect subtle seepage around skylights. Many factors and variables are involved and sometimes you can, sometimes you cannot.         Flashings and seals around the glazing ...
The role of a home inspector is to identify problems. Obviously, in the course of any given inspection, the inspector will not be able to locate every problem. But the intent and the hope is that the inspector will locate, at a minimum, the bigger issues. Unfortunately, the home inspection proces...
In Washington state, a wood destroying insect species that is often seen is the moisture ant. The only wood that is attractive to moisture ants is lumber that is very damp in the first place. And if it is rotted, well they like that pretty well too. The most common place to find them is under plu...
The most frequently seen older electric panel of questionable merit, here in Bellingham WA and Whatcom County, would be Zinsco-Sylvania brand. More often than not, when I recommend replacing an electric panel, it will be Zinsco brand. However, maybe once every two or three years, I run into a  "F...

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