Effective Prognosticating, Whatcom County, WA

Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Home inspectors are often in a position where we have to not only report on the past but, also, we have to predict the future. Whether all parties involved in a real estate transaction like that role of the home inspector is not the point. In this state, the law makes it clear that an inspector must forewarn clients of certain problems that are highly likely to occur as a result of a deficiency. For example, wood to soil contact causes rot, knob and tube wiring is old, might be unsafe, and it is often hard to obtain insurance when it is present.

It is satisfying to run into a case where my prognosticating was shown to be correct. The words from the report, and the photo, tell the story.

Wallpaper: Vinyl coated wallpapers, installed in damp areas (such as bathrooms or kitchens) may trap moisture and the paper may obscure moisture-related or fungal concerns. Some amount of damage to the wall or ceiling surface should be anticipated if/when paper coverings are removed in the future.


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John DL Arendsen
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You're spot on about the prognosticating. Folks hate to hear it when you tell them and they'll go into a state of denial when you do.

June 12, 2012 02:07 PM
Kimo Jarrett
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WikiWiki Realty

Interesting post but the music was awesome. thanks for bringing back some memorable music and the events and history during that time.

June 12, 2012 02:29 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Turning Houses into Homes
Home Point Real Estate

A good home inspector will always alert buyers to potential future problems - if it is the law or not.

June 12, 2012 04:32 PM
Bob Miller
The Ruiz/Miller Team - Ocala's Dream Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty

Hi Steve, you are so right!  Had a similar incident just recently where laminate was laid in bottom of vanity where drain leaked.  Yuck!

June 13, 2012 03:19 AM
Lyn Sims
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RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Thanks for the heads up on this.

June 13, 2012 04:37 PM

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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.