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In terms of historic properties, the West Coast is a “young pup” when compared to regions east of the Mississippi. However, that certainly doesn’t mean the area is devoid of homes of yesteryear: Northwest Washington has a healthy inventory of beautiful historic homes.

For this post, I’d like to share some worthwhile articles that address what to consider when inspecting historic properties. I hope they help you gain additional insight for wherever you are in the home inspection process.

Thanks for reading!

Author: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

Title: “Inspecting Historic Homes

Recommended Because: The article presents  a helpful overview of things to consider in the main different structural elements (e.g.., foundation, wall coverings, roof, windows, etc.)

Author: American Home Inspectors Training

Title: “Historic home inspections require experience

Recommended Because: The article addresses some of the characteristics you should consider in a home inspector when it comes to historic properties. 

Author: National Trust for Historic Preservation

Title: “10 Tips for Inspecting Historic Houses Before You Buy

Recommended Because: If you are in the market for a home or selling a home, check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation for lots of great tips related to historic properties. This is an excellent article particularly for those considering the purchase of a home.

To see what it’s like to inspect a historic home, check out the video below.

And for history buffs who merely want to see some impressive historic properties in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties, check out the links below. Road trip anyone?

National Register of Historic Places Listings: Whatcom County

National Register of Historic Places Listings: Skagit County

National Register of Historic Places Listings: Island County

National Register of Historic Places Listings: San Juan County

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

September home maintenance tasks

sept-tasksHere are some great suggestions for September home maintenance tasks!

  • Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns.
  • Check the heating system (include filters, pilot lights and burners) and have it serviced by a qualified professional.
  • Inspect storm windows for deterioration and repair as necessary.
  • While it’s still warm enough to leave the windows open, it’s a good time to paint indoor rooms and shampoo or replace carpets.
  • If you have window air-conditioning units, remove and store them. If they are not removable, cover them to protect them over the winter.
  • Check to make sure that soil around the foundation slopes four to six inches for a distance of three feet out from the foundation.
  • There are often year-end close-out sales on lawn and garden equipment in the fall. Look for a few bargains.

Originally posted 2014-09-02 19:42:35.


Properly caring for wood shake roofing is essential—and not as difficult as you think. Recently, I came across wood shake roof coverings in Skagit County in need of some TLC.

I considered the wood shake roof coverings on this house as being in marginal-to-poor condition, evidenced by a substantial deterioration of wood shakes. As a result, I advised likely replacement of these roof coverings by a qualified roofing contractor.

To learn more about wood shake roof coverings, and how to care for them, check out the video in this post.

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


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 Twitter or Facebook.

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


Uh oh: Your door is not closing properly.

It used to work seamlessly, but now it doesn’t stay open or close correctly. Perhaps it rubs against the floor or its jamb. What’s changed? What’s wrong? Is the structural integrity of my home at-risk? Why is this happening? 

Oh no!

Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but sometimes doors that don’t function properly can cause homeowners great concern. Problematic doors are a particularly common issue for historic homeowners. However, most of the time, the causes and solutions for fixing the problem are simple—and not of structural concern.

Recently, while inspecting a house in Skagit County, I came upon this issue. A bedroom door in the home was rubbing against its jamb. In my report, I recommended that a qualified contractor further evaluate the door and make any needed repairs. I also noted the issue didn’t appear to be of any significant structural concern.

Case (and door) closed.

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