Tag Archives: home inspector

DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO DIY?

Should you DIY plumbing vents to the exterior of your home?  I recommend leaving this up to a qualified plumbing contractor, as venting is important and getting it wrong can lead to unpleasant sensory experiences and/or improper drainage function. 

UNEVEN STEPS!

Did some mishap during the installation of your deck’s stair system cause one (1) or more of your steps to be uneven in step height?  This can definitely be a tripping hazard and should be addressed for safety reasons.   

For this reason, I recommend further evaluation and repair by a qualified contractor.  

WAKING UP TO THE SOUND OF BIRDS!

Do you like waking up to the sound of birds in the morning?  Though this may be your preferred version of an alarm clock, I recommend screening openings in soffits on the exterior of your home to safeguard against bird and animal activity/intrusion.  If you see bird droppings running out of soffit vents, there’s a chance birds are getting into your attic and the soffit vent likely needs to be re-screened.  Don’t just cover it, as this can lead to elevated moisture in the attic.  

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: THE BEACH IS BEAUTIFUL!

As a home inspector, I’m often on the road, traveling around San Juan, Island, Whatcom, and Skagit counties. Along the way, I’m often awed by what I see. On the first Saturday of the month, I plan to share some of these great scenes with you. 

I invite you to share your Northwest Washington imagery, too! Take your picture or video showing why you appreciate the region, tag it with #AllIslandsLife, and share via social media.

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

Fun Facts Friday!

The etymology behind the word “April” comes from the verb “aperire,” which means “to open.” It’s commonly believed that the word refers to the season of trees and flowers begin to “open” or bloom.

No one is sure how the month ended up with its name, but we do know the Romans named it “Aprillis.”

We know April as the fourth month of the year, but that’s only by the Gregorian calendar that we adhere to now. It was previously the fifth month in the earlier Julian calendar.

SATURDAY REVIEW: THANKS ALL ISLANDS HOME INSPECTIONS!

“I would hate to be in competition with Tim Hance. He’s thorough, efficient and he knows his stuff. He even sent a drone up to photograph the house from the air. He was also fun to work with. I think he enjoys his work, and it shows. The report was very thorough but he also went over things verbally on the spot so I knew right away what his thoughts and concerns were. If you are considering a home purchase you would do well to hire Tim for your inspection.”

Charlie K. 

SCREEN PASS: SOFFIT VENTS NEED PROTECTION

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).

SATURDAY REVIEW: ‘TIM HANCE IS PERSONABLE, CONSIDERATE, PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING’

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 Mimi Shannon.

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).