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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
When inspecting a new home, the professional home inspector might have to call for service at a new furnace -- even if the furnace is only a few months old. The problem has to do with wet weather. At least in the wet climate of Bellingham and Whatcom County, builders cut wood and drywall in the g...
02/15/2014
I remember riding the subway in London many years ago. Over and over on the PA system you would hear the words -- "mind the gap." This warning referenced safety when getting on or off the train. There is another kind of gap that enhances safety. At a potable water system, you do not want the sew...
02/15/2014
I had a surprise at a house, in Bellingham, a few weeks ago. That surprise brought home to me the importance of an inspector walking the roof when it is possible to do so. The surprise, also, reinforced the importance of hiring a home inspector. The subject house was in a wooded area and there wa...
12/31/2013
Most people believe that a home inspector should, and can, make a number of general assumptions. You know, the basics like if a professional builder did the work, and the code authorities signed-off on the job, then it was done right. If only that were true, it would make the home inspector's wor...
11/30/2013
As we all know, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been, shall we say, off to a bumpy start. Millions of people having their policies canceled, when they thought they were going to be able to keep them, has been dominating the news for a week. That even bumped all of the federal website ...
11/14/2013
Bellingham Technical College has announced that the next home inspector pre-licensing course will begin on February 3, 2014. The 120-hour portion of the class will run until February 23. And the 40 hours of field training will take place between February 25 and March 1, 2014. All classes are held...
11/14/2013
Failed paint can be unsightly, that is the initial reaction upon seeing peeling paint. If that painted surface is on the inside, unless it is old lead-based paint and someone is eating it, the problem usually remains cosmetic in nature. However, if the surface with the deteriorating paint is outs...
11/08/2013
My wife and I just got back from a fall vacation. We kicked around going all sorts of places from Spain to Hawaii and many areas in between. However, when push came to shove, we ended up driving down the Oregon coast for a relaxing ten days.  Years ago, I would visit Newport on an annual basis. B...
10/21/2013
Over the past two years, I have performed many commercial building inspections. It seems like once you get known for doing these larger jobs, the more calls you receive. When it comes to inspecting large 5000 to 12,000 square foot buildings, I choose to not do the work all by myself. On the major...
10/08/2013
In the course of a home inspection in Whatcom County, I ran into an unusual situation. The home was about 30 years of age, so trying to decipher the series of events that took place, from that many years ago, is pretty much impossible to do. But, based on the state inspector's notes inside the re...
08/25/2013
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