Bellingham WA Home Inspection (King of the House) -- Quite Obvious, eh?

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
The roof problems below were easy to pickup on. The tarp alone, not to mention water staining on the ceiling inside the home, made it pretty apparent that things were not good with the roof. Sometimes a roof can be kept in place for a few more years with ongoing maintenance. But that is certainly not the case with a composition roof such as this one that has turned the corner and is now shot.

 

Bellingham home inspection, king of the house

Not only is it heavily covered with moss, but the roofing material is so deteriorated and brittle that it is breaking apart.

Bellingham home inspection, king of the house

This roof was let go for so long that now significant work will have to be done elsewhere at the home: sheathing and rafters below are decaying at this point. When a roof goes, it goes fast in the wet climate here in Whatcom County.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Rainer
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Jim Albano
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
Prudential Damiano Realty

Yikes...so what really gave it away...the moss, the tarp, or the water stains - lol

January 21, 2009 08:57 PM
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Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Steven, I have seen roofs in poor condition before, but never that bad...

Your building consultant in Brentwood, TN - Michael 

January 22, 2009 04:41 AM
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton

Steve, what do you mean that roof is bad?  Don't you just put a new tarp on it?  Better check that one for holes.

January 22, 2009 02:36 PM
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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Steven, This blog brings up a good point about deferred maintenance. Better to fix it when it's a small problem than wait to later when it's a bigger and more costly repair.

January 25, 2009 07:18 AM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Jaems,

Your point about maintenance is well-taken.

January 25, 2009 09:56 AM
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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.