anacortes home inspector: Should the Seller Attend the Home Inspection? - 01/17/13 03:40 AM  Should the Seller attend the home inspection with the buyer?  After all, they’ve lived in the home for years and know all of its inner workings.  I say, emphatically, “NO!” and here’s why…
 The Buyer, Seller, Realtors, and Inspector all want smooth sailing, without unnecessary  waves.
         (1)    I think Rule #1 for Realtors should be to keep the Seller and Buyer away from each other, at all costs!  I have seen at least 10 deals in my time go awry because the Buyer simply didn’t like the Seller, or vice-versa.  Maybe it was something the Seller said, or their … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Test Your Ground Fault Circuits (GFCIs)!! All Islands Home Inspections - 01/08/13 02:59 AM 
Those funny looking electrical outlets installed where moisture might be present are safety devices intended to prevent serious electrical hazards by cutting the power. Known as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) or just “safety outlets”, they should be tested at least monthly by pushing the “Test” button. Don’t forget to reset it! If your GFCIs keep tripping and you don’t know if you have a bad device or a ground fault, the Circuit Detective has a comprehensive and useful article to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about them.

anacortes home inspector: Roofing Pre-Winter Checkup - All Islands Home Inspections - 01/08/13 02:42 AM 
Your roof can be the second most expensive home repair/replacement you face (the foundation being first). As with most things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Weather allowing, November is as good time to perform a roof checkup to help diagnose potential problems early. Arm yourself with The National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA’s) roof checkup guide for homeowners. Also, the NRCA can help point you to a reliable roofer. Click here for details.

anacortes home inspector: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter - All Islands Home Inspections - 11/05/12 09:52 AM
htto://   Associated Content says, “The proper preparation of your home for the cold winter months [that] lie ahead can ensure that your heating bills will be lowered, your home will be protected from storm damage and potential worries will be dispatched. Preparing your home for the winter months should only take a day or two at most of your time, and the associated costs should be minimal if issues are addressed personally. While some preparatory [measures] do have a cost attached that cannot be avoided, it is foolish to overstep the boundaries of skill and common sense in the futile attempt … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Anacortes Home Inspection Customer Testimonial-All Islands Inspections - 10/31/12 02:21 AM  "Hi Tim,  I  have been meaning to thank you for your quick response to my Mom's need for a home inspection several weeks ago..   You worked us into your schedule and provided an easy-to-read inspection report within hours.   You answered all of our questions, raised other questions we had not thought of and your overall expertise and experience provided us confidence in proceeding with a house purchase.  Thank you!   We will not hesitate recommending  your home inspection expertise to family and friends!"

anacortes home inspector: Selecting the Proper Electrical Extension Cord - All Islands Inspects - 10/30/12 11:42 AM 
How to Select the Proper Electrical Extension Cord
With the winter holidays approaching, more of us will use more electrical extension cords than at any other time of the year. You've often used an extension cord around the home, but using the wrong type of cord can be dangerous. The U.S. Product Safety Commission found that extension cords are among the most dangerous electrical appliances in our homes because of improper usage. Each year, accidents from extension cords kill around 50 people, result in injuries requiring hospital treatment to 4,000 others and also cause over 3,000 residential fires. Electrical extension … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: 10 Mistakes People Make with Heat - Anacortes Home Inspections - 10/30/12 11:39 AM 
10 Mistakes People Make with Heat
Want a little straight talk on saving money and energy? Don't believe all you have heard about ways to improve efficiency and lower heating costs. Steve Graham, Networx, says, "Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints." Here are 10 of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision.

anacortes home inspector: Power & Gardening Tool Storage Tips - Anacortes Home Inspections - 10/30/12 11:29 AM 
Power and Gardening Tool Storage
As winter approaches, store lawn mowers and other summer power equipment. Drain gas tanks, disconnect spark plug wires, clean any grass, wood chips, etc. from housings, mower decks, chain guides and so forth. This is also a good time to perform repairs or maintenance. Change the oil and check and change air filters as needed. Move the equipment to a clean, dry place for storage. Always clean gardening tools before storage. Use a dry scrub brush to knock off any dirt or mud. For very dirty tools, a quick squirt with the hose should remove … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Fun Facts! Northwest Washington Home Inspections - 10/30/12 11:27 AM 
Fast Facts
If the normal 100,000 hairs on a human head were woven into a rope, it could support a weight of more than twelve tons.
For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain fall on the Earth.
A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any living creature.
The typical size of a meteor is about one cubic centimeter, about the size of a sugar cube.

anacortes home inspector: Defective Electrical Switches & Outlets- Anacortes Home Inspections - 10/30/12 11:25 AM 
How to Replace a Defective Electrical Switch or Outlet
With the winter holidays coming there will likely be additional loads and strains on your electrical system. Now would be a good time to inspect and/or replace defective electrical switches or outlets. Use caution! If you are not handy, ask someone else to do these things. Inspect for loose, corroded or shorted wiring by turning off the power to the device (at the circuit breaker/fuse box), removing the set screws for the cover switch/outlet and mounting bracket or box and carefully removing the device. Tighten any loose connections. If replacement is … (1 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Whidbey Island Home Inspection Testimonial! All Islands Inspections - 10/18/12 10:22 AM 
"Hi Tim,  I  have been meaning to thank you for your quick response to my Mom's need for a home inspection on South Whidbey Island several weeks ago..   You worked us into your schedule and provided an easy-to-read inspection report within hours.   You answered all of our questions, raised other questions we had not thought of and your overall  expertise and experience provided us confidence in proceeding  with a house purchase.  Thank you!   We will not hesitate recommending  your home inspection expertise to family and friends!"

anacortes home inspector: With Affordability High, More Home Owners Supersize (Anacortes Homes) - 10/09/12 03:58 AM  Realtor Magazine says, "With housing prices at their cheapest levels in decades, some buyers are finding it a great time to trade in for that trophy home. Sales of larger homes have risen in many places in recent months. For example, KB Homes reports a 17 percent increase nationwide in the appetite for larger home sizes. In Sacramento, Calif., large-home sales have surged 24 percent with the average square foot rising to 2,100 in the second quarter compared to less than 1,700 square feet in 2010. "Low prices, low interest rates, and the marginally small cost of getting a bigger … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Smoke Detectors...Photoelectric, Ionization, or BOTH? - 10/09/12 03:56 AM
We were asked to consider the relative merits and safety of the two main types of smoke detectors: ionization or photoelectric. Some say that ionization smoke detectors are prone to so many false alarms that users turn them off and they are therefore not as safe as photoelectric detectors. Others argue that their very sensitivity to flaming fires is what makes ionization detectors desirable. We decided to ask the experts. We queried the U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Council on Radiation Protection and … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: EPA Winter Heating Safety - Anacortes Home Inspections (All Islands) - 10/09/12 03:53 AM
Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows and vents. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, and it can build up quickly and linger for hours.  
Combustion appliances are those that burn fuels for warmth, cooking or decorative purposes. Typical fuels are gas-both natural and liquefied petroleum; kerosene; oil; coal; and wood. 
Examples of combustion appliances include space heaters, ranges, ovens, furnaces, wood burning stoves, fireplaces, water heaters and clothes dryers. These appliances are usually safe. However, under certain conditions, they can produce pollutants that can damage your health or even kill you. A properly installed, … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Fireplace Tips for Winter! Anacortes Home Inspections (All Islands) - 10/09/12 03:50 AM
Prepare Your Fireplace for Winter!  Ahhhhh..... cooler days, chilly nights, fall foliage and warm fires; these are some of the joys of an approaching winter.  While you are getting your home ready for winter, don't forget about the fireplace. October is the perfect time to start prepping your fireplace for the cold weather. Whether it's wood-burning, gas or electric, has some tips to clean your fireplace and get it in tip-top shape before frosty temperatures hit.

anacortes home inspector: FUN FACTS! Anacortes Master Home Inspector Tim Hance - 09/07/12 06:37 AM  Fun Facts that have NOTHING to do with Home Inspections!  :)  Enjoy! 
·         A group of crows is called a murder.
·         About 40% of the oxygen you breathe goes to your brain.
·         Your brain operates on the about same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb.
·         Routine traffic stops gone awry kill more bystanders each year than stray bullets.
·         Bison are surprisingly agile given their size and body structure. They can run up to 40 mph.
·         Bison injure more than three times as many people in Yellowstone National … (2 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Mortgage Rates on the Rise? Anacortes Master Home Inspector Tim Hance - 09/07/12 06:35 AM 
The National Association of Realtors' Realtor Magazine says in an August 13, 2012 article, "Following a 13-week record-low streak, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages-the most popular choice among home buyers-started moving back up this week, according to Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage market survey. The average 30-year mortgage had dropped or matched record lows in 13 of the last 14 weeks. But this week, mixed economic news prompted mortgage rates to rise higher." "Recent announcements of additional debt relief for the Eurozone and mixed domestic economic indicators added upward pressure on Treasury yields as well as mortgage rates this week," says Frank Nothaft, … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Fall Gardening Tips! Anacortes Master Home Inspector Tim Hance - 09/07/12 06:33 AM Gardening says, "For many gardeners the month of August begins the downhill slide into off season. Warm climate gardeners have a second chance, but some don't have a second wind after summer's heat. Your garden is hardier than you think and there are plenty of gardening tasks for August that will keep your flower and vegetable gardens going longer, as well as opportunities to get a head start on next year's garden plans." Here's a Garden To-Do List for the sultry month of August.
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anacortes home inspector: Keep Kitchen Remodeling Costs Down! (Anacortes Master Home Inspector) - 09/07/12 06:29 AM  Want to keep those kitchen remodeling costs in check?  Consumer Reports says, "The remodeling industry seems to have turned the corner, with kitchens leading the way, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association's latest market report. In the first three months of 2012, the number of homeowners who started a kitchen renovation was up more than 50 percent from the previous quarter. The average budget for those projects, meanwhile, jumped 6 percent to $30,325, and nearly all dealers expect that figure to increase or stay the same. If you're planning a remodel of your own, these findings underscore the … (0 comments)

anacortes home inspector: Summer Home Maintenance Tips - Anacortes Home Inspector Tim Hance - 09/07/12 06:26 AM  Here's some great information about Home Maintenance that can go a long way to ensuring a clean home inspection. 
Manage My has some suggestions for home maintenance: 
Kitchen, bathroom: Check under your sinks for signs of leaks from supply pipes and waste pipes. Also check for rust on the bottom of enameled steel sinks and water damage to the countertop. Structure and exterior: Check your home's exterior wood for paint or wood stain needs. Vinyl siding: Assess vinyl siding for cleaning needs. It requires less maintenance than most other sidings, but it still needs occasional cleaning. Plumbing: Getting … (0 comments)

Tim Hance, All Islands Home Inspections/AllIslandsInspections (All Islands Home Inspections)

Tim Hance

All Islands Home Inspections/AllIslandsInspections

Anacortes, WA

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All Islands Home Inspections

Address: P.O. Box 354, 11438 Spinnaker Lane (Anacortes, WA 98221), Eastsound, WA, 98245

Office: (360) 298-1163 If you want a Home Inspector that's so thorough you won't get stuck buying the "Money Pit," then you need Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections working for you. Over the last 8 years, we've protected more than 3,200 home buyers, just like you, from getting stuck with 'unexpected post-closing expenses!' We'll deliver your inspection report no later than 9:00am the next day- or same day if required- and include color photographs of the issues we've uncovered. We also include, at no additional charge, a Structural Pest Inspection with every Home Inspection. So don't wait, schedule your Home Inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your next home! (360) 298-1163



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