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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.

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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...
01/31/2009
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-...
01/31/2009
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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 ...
01/31/2009
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...
01/31/2009
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...
01/30/2009
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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...
01/30/2009
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...
01/30/2009
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...
01/29/2009
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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...
01/28/2009
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...
01/28/2009
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