Tag Archives: Ferndale

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: COUNTRY CHURCH

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).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: TREE ART

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).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: GASSING UP

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).

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE ME TO ANSWER? LET ME KNOW!

When you are an expert in a particular field, it’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone has the same background knowledge as you do. It doesn’t matter what industry you may be referring to—whether it’s home construction, dentistry, or owning a restaurant.

It’s also easy to forget that not everyone speaks the same language. As a home inspector, I try my best to break down information for homebuyers and home sellers in a way that informs but doesn’t overwhelm. My number one goal is successfully sharing useful information with my clients in a clear and thorough manner—without tons of jargon.

If my clients have questions—”What Romex electrical wiring?” or “What is an ABS vent pipe?”—I pride myself on being accessible and answering them promptly and thoughtfully. Today’s post is all about that accessibility.

I invite you to send me your home inspection questions (no matter what they are!) and I’ll do my best to answer them. You can tweet me (@AIHomeInspect), or send me an email. Thanks for reading!

SETTLEMENT MAY MAKE YOU A WORLD TRAVELER (BECAUSE YOU TRIP SO MUCH!)

Settlement issues at outlying walkways do not always equate to structural concerns for homes. In reality, most of the time they don’t. 

However, what settlement issues do often create are tripping hazards. I noticed an example of this during a recent inspection in Ferndale, where I found apparent settlement at an entryway concrete stoop.

I notified the homeowner that this issue could easily lead to an unwary passerby having an unfortunate incident. However, I also assured them that it didn’t appear to be of structural concern to the home itself. 

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

WHEN IT MIGHT BE OKAY TO PUT YOUR FIST THROUGH A WALL

Occasionally, I come across homes with laundry chutes. While these chutes—like the one pictured during an inspection in Ferndale—may provide homeowners with the ability to toss soiled garments straight into the laundry area, they also pose as a potential safety hazard for children. 

One example: In 2012, a two-year-old New Hampshire boy ended up falling 20’ down a chute. His quick-thinking dad actually had to punch a hole in the wall to rescue him before the fire department showed up. Check out the video below. 

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/child-falls-20-feet-laundry-chute-17803463

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