4 Things You Should Know When Checking Your Attic

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Often times, just after descending down my ladder from the attic, my clients will ask me, “what do you look for up there?” Here is my list of the most common issues I find in attics all over the Greater Seattle area: Poor Ventilation. This is crucial. It has become more and more apparent to me the importance of having proper air flow through the attic space. Proper air flow will give any unwelcome moisture that may enter the attic the chance to find its way out. Poor circulation keeps Continue Reading ...

Checking Your Water Heater: 3 Things You Should Know

Posted on: September 28, 2015 by in Blog, Home Inspector Tips
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Evaluating a water heater only takes a few short minutes, but can be a pricey item if it needs to be replaced. Here are 3 things that I look for when inspecting a water heater: Seismic Straps. If an earthquake hits and your water heater isn’t properly anchored, it can be a potential safety hazard due to the risk of the water heater tipping over, gas lines breaking, or electric wiring being damaged if powered by electricity. Leaks can also occur in water-supply pipes, even in minor Continue Reading ...

Free Pest Inspection with Home Inspection

Posted on: September 2, 2015 by in Blog, Company News
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For the month of September, Mountains to Sound Home Inspection will be offering Washington State residents free pest inspections along side our world class home inspection service. Having a pest inspection will ensure you know what you're getting into and so you can take the necessary steps to make sure you're moving into a comfortable space. To schedule your inspection, give us a call at: (253) 244-3411 or schedule Continue Reading ...

Termites and Carpenter Ants and Powder Post Beatles, Oh MY! 3 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Home Bug Free

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Currently I offer a free pest inspection (wood destroying organism, or WDO) with every full home inspection. This is a $250 value offered for Free! As a home inspector with a structural pest inspection license, I am uniquely qualified to understand how WDO can affect a home. The phrase I use to express what attracts WDO is “Conducive Conditions.” These are the name of the game when it comes to WDO. Here are three conducive conditions you can eliminate to help prevent wood destroying Continue Reading ...

Smell a Rat? 3 Ways to Know You Have a Rat Problem in Your House. Part II

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Before you worry about getting rid of your rodent problem, it would be helpful to know if you have a rat problem. I pointed out in the first part of the “Smell a Rat” series that I see rodent problems in more homes than not, which is a big surprise to many. Rats are very unsanitary and poop and urinate all over. You wouldn’t let your dog or cat do that, and a rat is no different. Here are three things that will clue you in that you have a rodent problem. Hear or even see them. Continue Reading ...

Smell a Rat? The Two Keys to Ridding Yourself of the Rat Problem in Your House (Part 1)

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If I took a wild guess at the percentage of homes I inspect that have a rodent problem, I would say it’s upwards of 60 percent of homes. Over half of homes in the Seattle/Tacoma area I inspect have rodents in the crawlspace or attic; or worse, in the house! When I tell that to my clients, they are shocked at that number. Here are the two keys to getting rid of your rodent infestation: Find the entry points and seal them off. Common entry points to the crawlspace that I find are: a Continue Reading ...

3 Things Today’s Housing Market Means to You

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As a home inspector in the Seattle area, I have a unique perspective on what the real estate market looks like in a given month. Usually an offer has already been made and accepted, and I am called out to verify the condition of the home. But Seattle proper has spun into a frenzy this spring and almost every inspection I’ve been doing in Seattle has been what is called a pre-inspection; where I am called in before an offer is made so that the buyer can waive their inspection clause and Continue Reading ...

The Sacrifice of One American Soldier

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This post is a little off topic from what I normally write about. You may not know that I proudly give a discount on all home inspections to active duty soldiers, veterans and retired military personnel. My wife is an Iraq War Veteran and at Mountains to Sound Home Inspection, we love America and our soldiers. Recently, I did an inspection for a retired US Army Sergeant who had served on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was severely injured in an IED blast that killed Continue Reading ...

Get a Free ADT Security System with our 5-Star Home Inspection Package

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Mountains to Sound Home Inspection is proud to annouce that home buyers will get a free ADT® home security system (parts and installation) included in our 5-Star home inspection package when they sign up for ADT's monthly monitoring service. With our 5-Star Home Inspection package you also get: Complete Home Inspection Written report with same day delivery Free 100% Satisfaction Guarantee Free termite and wood destroying organism inspection Free Mold inspection Free Continue Reading ...

Run Away! 5 Things to Know about that Old Abandoned Oil Tank

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Back in the day, we didn't have the convenience of magical gas lines that appeared out of nowhere, next to our house to fuel our homes. As a Seattle area Home Inspector, I often find myself inspecting old homes that didn't have the convenience of gas lines when they were built. In many of these homes I find old, abandoned oil tanks. What to do with them is a question that could make or break your deal.  If you are looking at a home with an oil tank, you’ll want to follow these steps: Continue Reading ...