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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.
It was in the spring and summer months, 50 years ago, when I first became interested in radio broadcasting. Most of the folks at Active Rain know me as a home inspector. But, prior to that career change, I spent 30 years in radio from disc jockey to newsman, engineering, management and ownership ...
In the Pacific Northwest, not unlike many other areas of the country, building scientists debate the benefits of standard passive venting at crawl spaces. Passive ventilation is most commonly seen in my region and consists of pre-formed and screened vents installed at specified intervals along th...
The next Washington state approved home inspection training course,  to be offered at Bellingham Technical College, will begin on May 2, 2016. Back in 2009, the BTC training course was the first such program to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing. The four-week sess...
Motorized vehicle doors present serious safety risks for consumers who are unaware of the dangers associated with defective doors. The door, in the video below, is an example of what you do not want to see happen when an overhead door strikes an object that was set flat on the garage floor. Anybo...
It is that time of the year, winter, when outdoor faucets and pipes burst. Here in Bellingham, WA it is about 27 degrees this Saturday morning. If you live in a cold climate, and you are skimming this King of the House Home Inspection blog post, the most important tip you can take from it is to g...
  The next Washington state approved home inspection training course,  offered at Bellingham Technical College, will begin on February 1, 2016. This was the first course to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing, back in 2009. The four-week session includes 120-hours ...
This was an interesting discovery, run into a couple years back when I was performing a home inspection. I was out by Lake Whatcom at Sudden Valley. The home was relatively new and it was situated in a heavily wooded area with tree needles and heavy limbs all around and over the roof. As I got up...
Electric in-wall or baseboard heaters can present significant fire risks. Occupants of houses simply do not understand how hot the elements get. And, as often as not, I find these heaters in college rentals where the tenants have cardboard boxes and every other combustible item imaginable tight a...
For the second time, in two years, my wife and I visited New Orleans in October. We had not planned to go this year, at least originally we had not, but then some friends asked us to meet them there. It was a good plan, except due to medical issues they were unable to make it. But we had a great ...
Sometimes, the fact a component or system in the house runs at the time of a home inspection is not enough. For example, the inside of this Carrier furnace is afflicted with rust. The manufacturer's label, just barely shows up in the photo at the right, was illegible but, based on resources avail...

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