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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!
I have done a lot of inspections for the clients of WALaw Realty, and I really like their business model. I can imagine that this model might cause some consternation amongst many of the more traditional agents here on ActiveRain.It is a huge understatement to say their model is different.At a re...
A recent article on the NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service) website titled, “Replacing water heaters may have surprising change-over costs for homeowners,” while partially accurate is also a bit misleading. A quick read of the article would have homeowners in a panic about all kinds of pot...
Future homeowner #1:  Any chance we can make that storage space into a artist’s loft?Builder:  Nope---would not meet code.Future homeowner #1: Are you REALLY sure---seems like such a waste of space---and my wife would REALLY love a studio.Builder:  Look right here on the plans---it says, “Storage...
Everyone knows that it is a good idea to install a leak collection pan under water heater. In fact these pans are required by modern standards whenever the water heater is installed in a location where damage could occur if the tank were to leak.At a recent inspection I found the water heater in ...
It will not be obvious to most (and there are even ways for what we can see in the picture to be correct), but unless the foundation steps up on both sides of the doorway, the siding should pretty much never be flush with the bottom of the door threshold.This little garage was basically built on ...
You called several roofers and got various estimates with all kinds of options.  You made the appropriate choice, according to your budget and now the roofers have come and gone.It LOOKS beautiful!It was obviously installed properly because it rained hard during the night after the installation a...
As you can see, I am in “BIG TROUBLE” and just need one or two souls to get me out of this mess!Of course the more the merrier and the further away from “trouble” I can get, the less I will have to worry about “back-sliding” into trouble. I am pretty sure I do not have hexakosioihexekontahexaphob...
How many of you know what your toilet tank bowl fill tube is?I can see by the non-existent forest of hands, many of my readers have no clue what I am talking about.  Of course inspectors and plumbers do not count--I can see them waving frantically.The bowl fill tube does just what it says.  It is...
Like never before in history, we have resources of information literally at our finger tips.Numerous Internet search engines allow us the convenience of “answers” to any question we have as quick as we can punch in the appropriate numbers and/or letters.I love this freedom more than I can stand! ...
There is often a lot of discussion about homes and whether or not they are “up-to-code." It is common for agents and clients alike to say they want me to verify that the home is “up-to-code.”I have heard this on 50 year old homes and I have heard it on brand new construction.I am now going to bur...

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