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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.

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2009 

As a member of the Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Board, I find this post by Paul interesting and very current. In the circle of home inspectors in Washington, this blog is on target. Most home inspectors who are aware of this "possible" change in the law, are following this one close...
Posted about 5 years ago
This home was designed to have soffit venting. You know, like the bird blocks you see up under the eaves. In fact, from outside, it looked like it did have such venting. The problem is that, when they insulated, no cardboard baffles were put in to keep the insulation out of the vents. The loose-...
Posted about 5 years ago
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In the photo down below, you are looking at the underside of a soffit on a relatively new house. Not only is all the foam not attractive, it also makes you wonder why it is there. The first part of the equation is not so difficult. It is there to fill gaps. But why are there gaps? Answer -- poor ...
Posted about 5 years ago
It might sound foolish to refer to Elvis as the comeback kid. After all, even years after his death, Elvis is still the King. The fact is that Elvis' did have a career slump in the mid-sixties. That was turned around in November 1969. Elvis went through a period, during the British Invasion, wher...
Posted about 5 years ago
I am having to wrap my mind around something, a certain way of thinking, that did not exist in my mind prior to my becoming a home inspector. The term "homemade" always was appealing to me. After all, a homemade meal, done-up by a master of down home cooking, is just about as good as it gets. Hom...
Posted about 5 years ago
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I spell pretty good. Okay, maybe my grammar ain't so great but I spell okay. However, my typing leaves much to be desired. Back when I was in college, manual typewriters, I could bang out a term paper without using too much whiteout. However, for the last 20 years or so, my fingers have gone wil...
Posted about 5 years ago
Yesterday I saw something I have not seen before. The situation was way better than a newer home having zero foundation bolts. That would be rare and a real problem. But it was weird, the situation at this house. It was a home that, it ends up, was built completely by the homeowner. This person h...
Posted about 5 years ago
I am of the belief, as are the home inspectors that I associate with, that an inspector, in most instances, belongs on the roof. It is difficult enough to find problems even when you are up there, let alone trying to view it from eaves or a high-spot nearby. There are exceptions to this rule, suc...
Posted about 5 years ago
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This is a great tip for those of us who try to "pretty-up" the black font that is basic to AR. I am going to try it....you should too.       A week or so ago, someone did a post about switching to Firefox  for their Internet Browser.  I wish I could remember who that was so that I could acknowled...
Posted about 5 years ago
This post by James Quarello, a top inspector here at Active Rain, shows the kind of thing that might be found by a home inspector, while it never would have been noticed by the buyer.There are common parts to every house. Meaning you find these things almost with out exception on or in every home...
Posted about 5 years ago
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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.