Home Inspections In The Bothell, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville & Mill Creek Areas
Home Inspection Gallery
Below is a gallery of defects discovered during home inspections in the Puget Sound area.

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Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants are the #1 wood destroying pest in Washington State. The entire front face of this home was infested with carpenter ants and would have required a complete reconstruction of the walls costing thousands of dollars. The seller was unwilling to offer any compensation toward the necessary repairs so the potential buyers moved on to another home instead.
 
Major Plumbing Leak
This plumbing leak was ignored for several years and led to fungal rotting of main structural beams. The repair required that the floor be supported and the post and beams replaced at a cost of $8500.
 
Crawlspace Flooding
The crawlspace in this home had six to ten inches of standing water in the crawlspace. This condition can lead to moisture saturation of the floor insulation, mold growth and uneven settling of the foundation. This large home required the installation of a foundation drain around the entire perimeter at a cost of $4800.
 
Hornets Nest
This home had a yellow jacket nest the size of a basketball between the rafters. Although they usually do not cause structural damage, they can be quite a nuisance.
 
     
Frequently Asked Questions
DO YOU HAVE A HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST TO PREPARE FOR THE INSPECTION?

  • Make sure you can attend the home inspection. Your inspection will be much more informative if you're there. While our reports are detailed, clear and easy to read there are many points that you'll pick up by being at the inspection- water and gas main shut off locations, water and gas shut off for the water heater, gas shut off for the furnace, etc.

  • Make sure the time, date and duration of the inspection does not conflict with the property occupants and/or the Realtors involved.

  • Make sure all utilities are on and systems are operational prior to the inspection. This is important to allow for a complete inspection of all systems.

  • Let the seller know that your home inspector will need access to all areas of the home and that stored items, heavy furniture or shelving should not block access to any area, mechanical systems or equipment. Air conditioning systems can only be checked when the outside temperature has been at least 62 degrees for the past 24 hours or the compressor may become damaged.

  • Bring the seller's disclosure statement for evaluation by your inspector of the items the seller has listed.


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What is a home inspection?
A home or property inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a building, from roof to foundation, with the purpose of reporting any discovered defects. This examination and reporting will include the use of specialized inspection equipment to aid in the discovery of hidden defects. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector. An inspection is similar to a physical exam from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, we may recommend repairs or we may refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and remedies.
What does a home inspection include?
An inspection should include the building's heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement, crawl space, and any attached structures of the building such as the garage. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the inspection. Additionally, our inspections include additional measures such as running between 100 and 150 gallons of water through the plumbing system in our attempt to discover leaks; testing all the sink and bathtub overflow valves; performing a temperature test on the water heater to make sure it will produce hot water at the thermostat setting for ten minutes; testing for carbon monoxide emissions.
Are your home inspection fees competitive?
We regularly survey Home Inspectors in the Everett, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Lynnwood & Marysville areas and find that our rates are in the middle range of inspection fees. We carry over $1,000,000 of insurance coverage and our prices reflect this protection. (Many Home Inspectors don't carry Errors & Omissions or General Liability insurance, which are the single largest overhead costs for a Home Inspection company.) We also use the most cutting edge technology and tools in the home inspection industry and this cost must also be reflected in our pricing. We believe that we provide one of the greatest values for the dollars spent of any Home Inspector in the Puget Sound area.
Do you guarantee your home inspections?
We are so confident in our professionalism and expertise that we guarantee you will be satisfied with the level of service you are provided. If you attend the inspection, ask your inspector any questions or concerns you may have and are not satisfied with quality of the inspection performed you may notify your inspector prior to the completion of the inspection and we will waive our fee in lieu of preparing the final inspection report.
Is a property inspection a warranty of the property?
A property inspection is not a warranty covering a property; it is an observation of the conditions of a home based upon the State of Washington Standards of Practice. These observations are reported in as accurate and unbiased of a manner as possible. Home warranties are often available through your Realtor and that is who you should ask if you are interested.
How long will the home inspection take?
The average on-site inspection time for a single family home of 2,000 square feet is 3 to 3 1/2; anything significantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. Additionally, we do not prepare or print any home inspection reports on site, so all of the on-site time is spent actually inspecting the property.
Do your inspection reports include digital photos?
We use InspectVue Reporting Software and our reports include digital photos inserted in text where the defect is reported upon. Every inspection includes both a repairs report and a full report. The repairs report is an abbreviated reporting of discovered defects, where as the full report is an exhaustive reporting of the condition of the property including such details as water pressure inside and outside the residence, water temperature, etc. A sample report can be viewed on the entry page of this website under "Inspection Report Log In."
How soon after the inspection will I receive the report?
Reports are sent to you via email within twenty-four hours. Reports that are printed on-site are almost always incomplete or too brief. A quality, detailed report requires research as well as thought and reflection after the inspector has returned to the office. This greatly minimizes the chance of missing any flaw or defect.
Will I be able to ask questions during the home inspection?
We consider the home inspection not only a time to discover defects in the home but also a valuable educational opportunity for the home buyer. We invite you to attend the inspection and ask your home inspector any questions you have so that you may see your prospective home through the eyes of 25+ years of home building and home inspecting experience.
Will you repair the problems found during the inspection?
The simple answer is NO! The State of Washington Standards of Practice as of 2009 states "a home inspector shall not for one year after completion of the inspection repair, replace, or upgrade for compensation components or systems on any building inspected - this section applies to the inspector's firm and other employees or principals of that firm or affiliated firms." We have always believed that it is a conflict of interest to make repairs on homes we inspect and established this in our code of ethics long before Washington State prohibited this practice.
Do you participate in continuing education programs?
In order to keep his expertise up to date, Darryl participates annually in continuing education programs as both a Home Inspector and also a Structural Pest Inspector. Additionally, Darryl regularly tours local manufacturing plants such as Milgard Windows, Western Skylights, Alpine Windows, ClearView Railing Systems, Reeb Doors & Windows, Alside Vinyl Siding, Weyerhauser Building Products in order to stay on top of the latest developments in the Home Building industry.
Do you belong to professional associations such as Ashi or Nachi?
In the early days of the home inspection industry, most states had no established Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors. The various associations such as ASHI provided a Standards of Practice for the inspector to follow, giving the homebuyer confidence in the inspection through the inspectors adherence to these guidelines. The Washington State Department of Licensing has established very stringent Standards of Practice for all Washington Home Inspectors (as well as continuing education requirements). These Standards of Practice meet or exceed those of ASHI, NACHI and other professional associations. Because of this, membership in these associations no longer carries the weight it once did for Home Inspectors in Washington State. The annual membership fees for these professional associations run $500 or more in most cases, and this cost would have to be included in any home inspection fees. Because we stringently follow Washington State Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors, and in an effort to keep our prices reasonable, we have chosen to discontinue our membership in such associations.
Home Inspector In The Bothell, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville & Mill Creek Areas
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