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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!
Every once in a while, I will hear comments to the effect that home inspectors are poorly trained or inadequately trained. The blame is placed on the inspection schools. The thing people should to keep in mind is that the mandate for training of home inspectors, whether in licensed states or in s...
Recently, online somewhere, there was an article about how home buyers should forget home inspectors and get their home inspected by a “general contractor.”  It implied that general contractors are going to be way more qualified to find defects in the home than a home inspector.This illusion may ...
In any relationship these are the words we sometimes dread the most from our partners.  Our minds go to: "OK, what did I do wrong now and why are you leaving me?"  The reality is that it is rarely that dire---but that does not prevent us from hating to hear the words.  If it was painfully accurat...
It happens now and then.The neighbors come over and you just wish they would not.You have better things to do with your time and they can sometimes eat up hours of your time and ruin your back yard traipsing across it. Of course, I am not talking about your “actual” neighbors; I am talking about ...
The ingenuity of human beings never ceases to amaze me.At a recent inspection, I was looking at the water heater and noticed there was a smoke alarm sitting on top of the heater.  It is not unusual to see smoke alarms sitting around---having been removed from their proper locations for one reason...
The year is 1927 and there was actually no need for kitchen receptacles at all because there was nothing to plug into them if they were there.There were no mixers, microwaves, toasters, waffle irons, egg beaters, Mr Coffee or anything else we commonly plug into kitchen receptacles in our modern k...
A “belly” is not hard to visualize.  We spend a lot of our lives concerned with what our bellies look like or don’t look like.Just like our own bellies (related our personal plumbing), there are other kinds of bellies that can be of concern as relates to our home’s plumbing system.If the plumbing...

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