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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.
Is it worthwhile for a buyer to hire an inspector to perform a pre-purchase inspection at a condo. The answer is "yes." Condos tend to have just as many problems as other residences and, in some instances, we find unique problems that are specific to multi-unit housing.Below is a video I produced...
Metal B-vents are commonly employed at natural gas or propane appliances including furnaces, water heaters and boilers. Direct vent gas fireplaces are usually vented through metal coaxial concentric vents. As often as not, attic insulation will be packed tight around metal vents. In practice, the...
 Carpenter ants are commonly seen and among the most damaging of wood destroying insects. Working in Bellingham and Whatcom County as a home inspector, I often find evidence of their activity. The photo below is typical of ant shavings or frass and the shot is from a crawl space. All the black sp...
In the wet Pacific NW, missing metal flashings at critical and weather exposed locations can result in serious consequences -- rot of siding, moisture intrusion into walls, rotted flooring. When a flat surface such as a deck or a porch attaches to the exterior wall of the home, with few exception...
  The next Washington state approved home inspection training course, to be offered on campus at Bellingham Technical College, will begin on February 2, 2015. This was the first course to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing back when home inspector licensing began i...
A few times a year,  I find fuel-burning (gas-fired or oil-fired) appliances installed in unsuitable and unsafe locations. About a year ago, shortly after arrival at an inspection, I was walking around the exterior of the house. The old masonry chimney, a commonly seen situation, was retrofitted ...
Often, at a deck or landing, the home inspector will find that handrails and guardrails are not in accordance with safety guidelines. Another area where deficiencies often stick out like a sore thumb, include when the inspector is hired to inspect an outbuilding. The photo below, stairway to a ba...
Bellingham Technical College has hired Don Hester of North Central Washington Home Inspections in Wenatchee, Washington, to be an adjunct faculty member and field trainer as part of the college's state approved home inspector training class.                                   Don Hester, onsite wi...
Home inspectors see many instances of deferred maintenance when inspecting the average home. The newer the house, usually the less of that the inspector sees. We might note oversights and deficiencies that will lead to problems over time, but usually not deterioration at a new house. At a propert...
          It is not good news, but to be truthful, it is iffy as to whether or not a home inspector will be able to reliably detect subtle seepage around skylights. Many factors and variables are involved and sometimes you can, sometimes you cannot.         Flashings and seals around the glazing ...

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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.