Hello to all of my fellow Home Inspectors, Real Estate Agents and Professionals, and Blogging Buddies! Being new to ActiveRain, I feel that an introduction is in order. My name is Steven H. Allmann, and I am a Whatcom County Home Inspector in Blaine, Washington. I have an extensive background in the construction trades, starting at age seventeen, at which time I joined the Plumber's Union. I have worked as a general contractor, plumbing contractor, painting contractor, drywall contractor, and carpenter, and I have much experience with flooring, roofing, underground construction, cement work, windows, and window coverings. My latest project was building a 4500 square foot home in Ferndale, Washington. I have lived in northern Washington for ten years now, long enough to have experienced all of the inherent problems and weather conditions that can and do affect a home in the Northwest climate. Many, if not most, of these problems are water related issues. Plumbing leaks, crawlspace water intrusion, roofing and gutter problems, and even high humidity levels can have a profound effect on your homes' structural stability and the interior comfort levels. Many homeowners are unaware that these and other problems even exist in their homes until they decide to sell. This is why I stress to my clients, and all homeowners, the value of diligent maintenance and monitoring of your house and its' components. This is also why the value of a comprehensive home inspection can be so important. It's that "ounce of prevention" axiom. If you can identify and address a minor problem before it escalates and winds up costing large sums to repair, then the value of an active maintenance relationship that you have with your home becomes apparent. I have spent many years repairing homes, and I have decided to step sideways and become a Whatcom County home inspector in an effort to assist and educate homeowners and homebuyers in identifying and resolving the problems that can affect their homes. My former business name, Allmannent, is now Allmann Home Inspection Services. If you will be buying, selling, or just need a report on the existing condition of your home, please send me an e-mail or give me a call at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-739-7361. Hopefully, the quality of homes in Washington will continue to get better, and the cost of repairs on homes will go down. Although I am based in Whatcom County, I have worked throughout Washington State, and I will travel to wherever I can be of assistance. So, if you're looking for a thorough and comprehensive Whatcom County Home Inspector or have any questions, please don't hesitate to call. Thank you!