Bellingham WA Home Inspector's Blog -- King of the House Home Inspection

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Steven L. Smith is a working home inspector and program coordinator of home inspection training for the Washington state approved fundamentals of home inspection course offered through Bellingham Technical College. The information in the blog is usually general in nature but some articles are designed to appeal to residents of the Pacific Northwest, the area served by Steve's company -- King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Smith is a member of the Washington State Home Inspector Advisory Board.
If I think back on homes that I have inspected in Bellingham and Whatcom County, a runner-up for the most misrepresented detail is the wiring. Potential clients will call telling me they are buying an older house. I explain that my fee will be higher due to the probability of old cast iron or gal...
Posted 16 days ago
For some reason, lately, I have been seeing a number of recalled and outdated electric panels. The timing of this is rather strange, it is not like these old Zinsco-Sylvania panels are a fad, since they are all about 40 years of age. I guess it is just the luck of the draw as to the houses I have...
Posted about 2 months ago
Anyone who says that a home inspector sees the same old things over and over again, is either not familiar with the territory of home inspection or he or she is ill informed. Sure, most of what we see is repetitive with varying degrees of good or bad going on. But there are so many different syst...
Posted about 2 months ago
At an inspection in Bellingham a few days back at a house with a "basement" I found a concealed crawl space area. This one really was concealed, no outside vents or anything to provide a clue as to its presence. However, when I found a hatch cut in the rotted-out deck, I pried it up and sure enou...
Posted 2 months ago
When inspecting a new home, the professional home inspector might have to call for service at a new furnace -- even if the furnace is only a few months old. The problem has to do with wet weather. At least in the wet climate of Bellingham and Whatcom County, builders cut wood and drywall in the g...
Posted 2 months ago
I remember riding the subway in London many years ago. Over and over on the PA system you would hear the words -- "mind the gap." This warning referenced safety when getting on or off the train. There is another kind of gap that enhances safety. At a potable water system, you do not want the sew...
Posted 2 months ago
I had a surprise at a house, in Bellingham, a few weeks ago. That surprise brought home to me the importance of an inspector walking the roof when it is possible to do so. The surprise, also, reinforced the importance of hiring a home inspector. The subject house was in a wooded area and there wa...
Posted 4 months ago
Most people believe that a home inspector should, and can, make a number of general assumptions. You know, the basics like if a professional builder did the work, and the code authorities signed-off on the job, then it was done right. If only that were true, it would make the home inspector's wor...
Posted 5 months ago
As we all know, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been, shall we say, off to a bumpy start. Millions of people having their policies canceled, when they thought they were going to be able to keep them, has been dominating the news for a week. That even bumped all of the federal website ...
Posted 5 months ago
Bellingham Technical College has announced that the next home inspector pre-licensing course will begin on February 3, 2014. The 120-hour portion of the class will run until February 23. And the 40 hours of field training will take place between February 25 and March 1, 2014. All classes are held...
Posted 5 months ago

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Bellingham WA Home Inspector
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.