Inspecting a home in Friday Harbor on beautiful San Juan Island, I initially thought these covers were for water shutoff valves. Looking closer, they’re actually buried garbage cans! Really cool concept, keeps garbage out of sight and mind, easily accessible. You probably have to replace the cans from time to time as they deteriorate and the garbage collector may take issue, but this was unique to me so I thought I’d share!
Awesome use of dead space under stairs for storage! I took this video at a recent inspection and thought I’d share the great idea. Hope you find it useful and can incorporate into your home! All Islands Home Inspections, “Inspect it Once, Inspect it Right!” Serving San Juan, Island, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties since 2005.
Tim Hance with All Islands Home Inspections shares a video of water intrusion in a crawl space from a recent home inspection. Water intrusion in crawl spaces is never okay, and should be dealt with by a qualified contractor as it can lead to structural issues and insect damage.
Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections discusses a door jamb that has seen better days during a recent home inspection in Bellingham. Unfortunately, this type of damage may mean there is underlying damage not visible without invasive inspection. Whenever homeowners start to see deterioration, it’s always best to address the issue as soon as possible. Thanks for watching, and enjoy!
Tim Hance with All Islands Home Inspections discovers a faulty AFCI breaker in need of replacement. It’s important to test these breakers monthly to verify proper operation for safety reasons. Thanks for watching!
Tim Hance with All Islands Home Inspections shares a video of an uncapped chimney at a recent home inspection. In the past, chimney caps weren’t installed because people used their fireplaces all day/night as a source of heat; the constant updraft prevented water intrusion becoming an issue. Today, that’s not the case for most homeowners, so it’s really important to install chimney caps to prevent water intrusion that can lead to expensive damage. Thanks for watching!
Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections shares a recently discovered support post in a garage completely deteriorated at its base, subsequently “repaired” by installing handyman steel support columns and jacks. Thanks for watching, enjoy!
Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections shows a range oven missing its anti-tip bracket. These brackets come standard with all ranges, but are rarely installed. It’s a simple installation- the bracket simply screws into the floor and the oven leg “seats” into the bracket when pushed into place- and highly recommended for safety reasons. If a child steps on the open oven door, or if you have a large dish (turkey?), the oven could tip over. This has happened in the past, with fatal consequences, hence the anti-tip bracket is important to be installed. Thanks for watching and listening!
Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections documents handyman DIY repairs to a roof from a recent home inspection. Noted were displaced shingles, recently repaired and failed which, because they were displaced, I was able to tell there wasn’t a necessary tar paper underlayment installed. If you plan to conduct DIY repairs on your roof, please follow the installation instructions found on every package of roof shingles! Better yet, hire a roofing contractor.