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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.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
At an older home, it is quite common to find multi-layer roofs, composition material over old comp or even over wood shingles (a real no no).  Despite the popularity of shingling over a worn out roofing surface, the practice is marginal at best. In the photo below, the rust colored shingles are t...
10/25/2011
It is amazing how fast time flies. The schedule for the next home inspector training course, to be offered at Bellingham Technical College, has been released. The first course of 2012 will begin on February 6. The Bellingham Technical College course, the first course to be state approved, include...
10/23/2011
When the Beatles ruled the pop charts, in the mid-1960's, there was a young hitmaker, who had moved from NYC to Louisiana, with his family, when he was a toddler. The young fellow had grown up, not with the British beat, but listening to the New Orlean's legends, not the smallest of those being F...
10/23/2011
When I inspect decks in Bellingham and Whatcom County, not unlike at other areas of the country based on what I am told by other inspectors, I find a multitude of problems with decks.  The average homeowner, hyped by being told how easy it is to build a deck on a weekend, often ends up constructi...
10/23/2011
We have many problems with rot and wood destroying insects in this region. A few months back, I was inspecting an older house that had a number of issues with wood destroying organisms. Since many of the insect pests are attracted to wet and decayed wood, it is common to find wood destroying inse...
10/22/2011
At about seven of ten houses, that I inspect in Whatcom County and Bellingham, there is at least one sliding glass door. Often these can be difficult to operate or test. Sometimes a seller will have a keyed lock on the lower track, that keeps it in a stationary position. In that case, it may not ...
10/22/2011
The home inspection training course at Bellingham Technical College now has its own "assigned" room. In years gone by, we were given a classroom that was available by virtue of it not being in use at the time the course was offered. As of this year, we have been assigned classroom  B-12. The room...
10/22/2011
Often people, especially renters, have a casual attitude about slopping water from a bath or shower onto the floor. Obviously, a tub or shower needs to have a satisfactory surround and, at a shower, a curtain or a door. But there must be a decent seal at the floor, between the tub or shower and t...
10/18/2011
All of my "This Day in History" posts feature music and nostalgia. In the course of every person's life, there are historic moments and horrendous events that will be remembered until a person's dying day. So far in my lifetime, those events have been (1) JFK assassination, (2) Armstrong walking ...
10/15/2011
Well, I am back in Bellingham after our recent Italy trip.For the first time in my many years of traveling, my wife and I were victimized by an ATM scam at a small, and very charming, small city in Italy. We had taken a daytrip from Tuscany and, after lunch, decided to get some cash. We were in a...
10/09/2011
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