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10 ways to turn off a homebuyer

Holding HouseIt is still a home buyer’s market with lower home prices and bank rates. Many home sellers fail to realize that, to buyers, just as important as “location, location, location” is “first impression,” and appearance is its primary component. Based on appearance some buyers don’t even get out of their cars, others don’t make it all the way to your door and many have formulated positive or negative feelings about your home within the first minute, often before they even get to the bedrooms. Yahoo Finance’s Bankrate, Inc. assembled a coast-to-coast team of experts to suggest 10 buyer turnoffs that sellers should avoid at all costs.

Hope you find this useful and timely informative! If you’re looking for a top notch home inspection in Anacortes, Washington or the San Juan Islands (including Orcas Island, Friday Harbor, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island), then you need Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections working for you! Over the past 8 years, we’ve protected over 3,200 buyers from unexpected post-closing expenses. Call (360) 298-1163 to schedule your Anacortes or San Juan Islands Home Inspection today!


Like a fine wine from the Columbia Valley, your home needs to breathe. 

For example, soffit vents around the perimeter of a home can help with attic ventilation issues. However, too much ventilation is not a good thing.

I recently inspected a home in Anacortes that was missing soffit vent screens around the perimeter of the building. When vents are not screened, birds and other animals may decide to put down stakes in your home. 

Not exactly something to say “cheers” about. 

If you have questions or comments about ventilation issues or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).


Homeowners often get sidetracked when it comes to “to-do” lists, especially in older homes and homes that have not been well-maintained. There is always something to do!

When one task seems to be priority No. 1, another one creeps up and takes its place (sometimes after the first job has already started). Evidence of incomplete work is a common observation in my reports.

Case in point: on a recent job in Langley, I noted unfinished electrical wiring practices in the bathroom. I also called out handyman extension cord wiring practices at multiple outlets in my report. 

I recommended the completion of this unfinished electrical work in a timely fashion.

If you have questions or comments about electrical issues or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).


Vegetative growth is not a friend to your home’s exterior systems. Well, at least most of the time.

Unfortunately, here in the Pacific Northwest, this growth is continuously trying to be best buds with roofs, siding, and trim elements. While most of the time this forced friendship appears as moss or fungal growth, occasionally, it looks a little more permanent. 

During an inspection in Anacortes, I found such an arrangement when I noted vegetative growth coming through exterior walls. In my report, I stated there was a possibility of underlying damage not visible without invasive inspection.

If you have questions or comments about siding issues or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).


Google rating: *****

Positives: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value 

“I had an inspection done on the home I am purchasing and I could not be happier with the entire experience! I have had 4 prior experiences with home inspections, and this was by far the most thorough and professionally handled. To say Tim was friendly and helpful is an understatement! Not only did he answer all my questions, he said to call him if anything came up in the future. He provided the very detailed report within a few hours after the completion of the inspection, which was very appreciated! The report not only detailed the current condition of the home, it also provided a listing of ongoing maintenance with their time frequencies. That list will be invaluable to me as long as I reside there. I cannot imagine a better service experience!!” 

Eileen Brennan 


A couple of Saturdays per month, I like to share recent customer reviews with you. I hope that these client testimonies—which come primarily from YelpFacebook, and Google Reviews—help you to feel more confident in my services while also saying “thanks” to clients who provide me with feedback.

This week, we hear from client Kevin Park.

My customers (you) allow me a chance to do a job I love in a place I’ve called home my whole life. Without you, All Islands Inspections wouldn’t exist. Thank you!

If you have questions or comments about home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).

Fun Facts Friday!

The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any living bird, typically ranging from 2.51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in), with a mean span of 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) in the Bird Island, South Georgia colony and an average of exactly 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in 123 birds measured off the coast of Malabar, New South Wales.

There are around 10,000 different species of birds worldwide.

Ostrich eyes are the largest of any animal that lives on land (though they can’t rival some of the massive creatures that inhabit the depths of the sea). Approximately the size of a billiard ball, their eyes are actually bigger than their brains.


On Saturdays throughout the year, I hope to give you a peek of what I see as a home inspector traveling around San Juan, Island, Whatcom, and Skagit counties through photos and videos I’ve taken along the way.

I’m sure if you know or live in Northwest Washington, you probably feel the same about how special it is here. That’s why I invite you to share your Northwest Washington imagery! Simply take your picture or video showing why you appreciate the region, and tag it with #AllIslandsLife on Twitteror Facebook.

If you have questions or comments about home inspections in general, tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).


Sometimes, my job can be scary. Traversing steep, slippery roofs; entering crawl spaces with who-knows-what living inside…you get the picture.

During a recent home inspection in Anacortes, I came across a scary looking deck that was basically ready to fall over. The condition of the deck was so bad, I didn’t even attempt to go on it. You name the structural issue, this deck seemed to have it, including substantially deteriorated posts, beams, and deck joists.

Take care of your deck, and it will take care of you.

Yikes. Be careful out there.

If you have questions or comments about decking, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).


Low ceiling heights can be challenging for some folks, as this stairway in a Bellingham home recently showed. Older homes often featured lower ceilings, which can literally (but most often figuratively) cause homeowners headaches. 


One thing is for sure: This is definitely not a low-ceiling issue.

To help address this issue, I suggested the homeowner demark the low-ceiling height, which is typically the most advisable course of action—unless you are in the National Basketball Association and can afford to rip out the whole thing and build it again

Thanks for watching, and here’s to happy, stress-free stepping.

Do you have questions or comments about low ceilings or booby-trapped houses in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).