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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!
Playing in the rain results in the celebration of many different milestones.For many it is the financial freedom that comes with $500,000 points.Another would be that coveted number one position in your city, county or state.  Some of these are getting harder and harder to come by.Counting the nu...
All the things we assume true (but actually are not true—or at least cannot be proven) are buried fundamentally in what we bring to any discussion.  Because of this we are always vulnerable to being seen as less than able to support our entire position—as well as blind to the other person’s posit...
While many home inspectors may “think” they are god, or “act” as if they are god, the reality is none are. I hear a lot of discussion about how seriously what home inspectors say is taken.  It is as if, as soon as they open their mouths, or write something in a report, whatever they have said or ...
Across the pond, Great Britain (or is it now Not-so-Great Britain?) has decided it is best to not be part of the larger world view.  They have chosen isolation.Like it or not, we are all trapped on this spinning globe. We either all make it or none of us makes it. Any steps taken, that take us aw...
A heads up on the use of 3-light circuit testers.Whether you are a home inspector or a real estate agent, you have likely either used or seen used, these common place 3-light testers.  They are designed to give the user a quick diagnosis of circuit wiring and can find some of the common defects a...
While I do not know the exact makeup of all of this black marking of the ceiling on one side of the garage, I am quite sure that a very large percentage is bits of tires and brake linings from the highway on the other side of the fence.The boiler gets its combustion/dilution air from the garage a...
To answer the title's question, I wish I could say, “Just because.”I know that is not going to convince anyone though, so I will give some examples of why EVERY home needs an inspection in the context of a real estate transaction--even new construction.While I agree the number of serious issues l...
I don’t know the whole story on this, but what I do know adds up to “odd.”I was informed by my client that the seller has informed them the roof was 7 years old and there were no known leaks.I said OK, and dove into the inspection.I could see the roof had been “less than professionally” installed...

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