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STANDALONE SATURDAYS: NOT A BAD PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY

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 me (@AIHomeInspect).

SNEAKY SECRET CRAWL SPACE ACCESS HATCH

I always enjoy coming across homes with quirks or unexpected features. Definitely one of the perks of my job.

Case in point: during a recent visit to a home in Coupeville, I found a crawl space access hatch that was placed strategically behind a bookshelf. Not only was this a stylish, efficient, and space-saving design, it also made the chore of going into a crawl space a little more entertaining.

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

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FORREST CLEARING

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).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: OCEAN BLUE

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).

Sustain Your Siding

I like to say, “Mother Nature is constantly trying to bring your home back to nature.” Keeping the exterior of your home well-maintained and sealed will help keep Mother Nature at bay and protect the underlying elements of your home from water and insect damage. 

There are a variety of siding materials available to clad and protect your home. My aesthetic favorite is cedar siding. However, my low-maintenance favorite is cement-fiber siding like Hardie board or equivalent. 

I’ve seen cement-fiber siding installed on a home—never painted and 30-plus years old—in perfect condition; this stuff is amazing! Ideally, cedar wood siding should be painted or stained to extend serviceable life, but some—like my wife—prefer to risk it a bit, keeping the siding bare and letting it “weather” over time to build character (e.g., it turns gray and black over time). Ultimately, I recommend keeping all exterior elements well sealed to safeguard against water/insect damage and to extend serviceable life. 

Composite siding and SPF wood trim, for instance, should be proactively painted and caulked to prevent rapid deterioration. Vinyl siding, on the other end of the spectrum, requires little-to-no maintenance. Obviously, November isn’t the best time of year to paint or stain, but you can still maintain caulking details and cut vegetation back from the building’s exterior. 

Maintaining the exterior of your home and keeping Mother Nature away will go a long way towards reducing and eliminating costly damage over time.

Do you have questions or comments about home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

THINGS THAT SHOULDN’T DANGLE: PARTICIPLES AND THERMOSTATS

I was on a job recently in Coupeville when I came across a basement pellet stove thermostat that was not professionally installed. In fact, it was merely dangling on an adjacent window.

Correctly installing thermostats and related electrical infrastructure can require a lot of time, skill and patience. If you decide to take on such a project, make sure you really know what you are doing. While there are lots of great tips on do-it-yourself electrical wiring, it can be dangerous if you are not prepared and experienced. 

For those who want to learn more about thermostat installation, in particular, take a look at the video below. Hope it helps!

Do you have questions or comments about home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

10 Mistakes People Make with Heat

Adjusting Home Temperature

Want a little straight talk on saving money and energy? Don’t believe all you have heard about ways to improve efficiency and lower heating costs. Steve Graham, Networx, says, “Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints.” Here are 10 of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision.