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What To Expect From Your Home Inspection:
We encourage everyone to follow the inspector around so that we can see defects together and provide you with answers to questions you may have and consult/educate you about your home.

Your  home inspection will begin on the exterior of the house where we will inspect the grading, retaining walls, substructures, decks, exterior wall cladding, and roof. 

Once inside we will be inspecting windows, doors, kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, and railings. 

Electrical, plumbing, heating/air conditioning will be inspected, as well as crawlspaces and attics.

For PDF/ Printable version on what is and isn't inspected you can download the ASHI Standards of Practice.

We will be taking overall pictures of the home as well as pictures of defects for your report for clarity. 

Within 12 hours of inspection your report is generated and published for your viewing, downloading, and printing!



What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but it often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself make the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do? 
Relax. Inspectors are professionals, and if yours is a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that he/she is among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories: 

1.major defects: An example of this would be a structural failure; 
2.things that lead to major defects: a small roof-flashing leak, for example; 
3.things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home; and 
4.safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel. 

Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items. 
Homestead Hound Presents:
WA Standards of Practice Overview Presentation
(What Is & Isn't Required to Be Inspected)

​Viewing our presentation is highly recommended for anyone that isn't quite sure of what is/isn't inspected on a standard home inspection & was made to inform consumers & real estate professionals about what to expect from your home inspector. The information given on this video was taken and edited from the WA Standards of Practice; that all WA licensed home inspectors must practice at the minimum requirements created by WA state legislature.

Please view our very informative presentation....
Thank you for viewing our presentation "What is & isn't Required to be Inspected! It is my hope that many questions that you may have had about a Standard Home Inspections have been answered. If you still have questions, please contact us & we will be happy to help.
Thermal imaging is a technology that allows the InterNACHI INSPECTOR to show you things about your home that no one can show you using other inspection methods. Thermal imaging produces images of invisible heat energy emitted from objects and sytems in the home and allows us to measure it. Thermal imaging helps to diagnose the problem rather than merely identify symptoms and can sometimes, but not always, identify and document: Electrical faults before they cause a fire, overloaded and undersized circuits, circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement, missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation, heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold, possible pest infestation, hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious damage, air conditioner compressor leaks, under fastening and/or missing framing members, structural defects, broken seals in double pane windows, energy loss and efficiency, dangerous flue leaks, damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems, unknown plumbing leaks, overheated equipment. These color images can then be included in the inspection report providing supporting documentation to the report. A picture is worth a thousand words. These color images can then be included in the inspection report providing supporting documentation to the report. A picture is worth a thousand words.