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96 Years of Paint

Yesterday I had the privilege of inspecting a house nearing it's 100th year. Picture is of an original door hinge from…

Posted by Abode Analysis on Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stanford University

Stanford University Andrew Grimm Abode Analysis Home Inspection 4252987382I had the pleasure of inspecting the home of a former Stanford University student today. Reminds me of living in Palo Alto, right up the street from this beautiful, prestigious school. Speaking of education; here at abode analysis, we’re gearing up to attend the American Society of Home Inspectors, Western Washington annual conference. It’s a great opportunity to network and collaborate with this relatively small niche industry. I’m excited to meet new people and hopefully take away some great pro-tips from other inspectors.

Looking for a home inspector? Give us a call at 425-398-7382 or use the link above to schedule your inspections online today. We look forwards to meeting you and inspecting your abode!

Slab Settlement

I had the privilege of inspecting a beautiful home & detached garage today in the Shoreline area of Seattle. The detached garage had serious settlement cracks visible from the exterior. The entire structure seemed to be racking to one side and the garage doors didn’t fit square into the frame. It was apparent we had a serious settlement issue but it wasn’t until we made our way inside that we were allowed feast our eyes on the extent of the damage. Behold, slab on grade settlement of nearly 4″ with full detachment of the sill plate from the foundation.

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Too-see-it is to bee-lieve-it

 

Bee-haters be-ware! GSeattle Home Inspection Abode Analysis Home Andrew Grimmlad the inspection this morning was in the middle of winter or I may have run into some trouble when I entered this attic. Winter or not, I don’t dare truss-crawl much closer, not even in hopes of a better picture. Thought thoroughly shocked, I was not completely surprised the home had a wasp problem. I noticed many dead wasps in the flue of the fireplace as well as on many window sills. Definitely the largest mud-wasp nest I’ve ever come across.  There are clues to problems in a home everywhere, thats why you should chose Abode Analysis Home Inspections. Stay safe out there inspectors.

Seattle Home Inspectors – ASHIWW Spring Seminar

Good Seattle home inspectors continue their education wherever they can. We learn new things daily on-site and yearly at conventions. It helps us grow as an industry when we come together to collaborate, network and share information. I’m happy to report I am registered for ASHIWW’s Spring Seminar! If you’re a home inspector and are looking for additional training and continued education in our field, I encourage you to attend. Click the picture below to register. See you there!ASHIWW Andrew Grimm Home Inspection Seattle Tacoma Everett abode analysis home inspection

Plumbing, The Basics

Ever wonder where the water in your home comes from? How about where everything goes when it’s flushed or drained? This is a great, simple video to get you started in understanding the basics.

Check out below the video for a great picture that depicts the basic plumbing of a bathroom.

Plumbing Basics - Bathroom

Zinsco Panel & Double Tapped Wires. No & No

#ThisIsWhyYouHireAHomeInspector #abodeanalysisZinsco panel split-bus wiring using a double tapped breaker. Definitely a concern for a potential buyer.

Posted by Abode Analysis on Saturday, February 13, 2016

That’s not how you fix a leak!

A great example of how not-to fix your leak. Buckets = cheap. Plumber = solution. Recommending a plumber for this one.

Posted by Abode Analysis on Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Things to ask your home inspector

Red White Magnifying

Most home buyers feel like they are bona fide real estate experts after all the studying up on loans and neighborhoods, online house hunting and open house visiting it takes just to get into contract on a home these days. But for all but the most handy of house hunters, getting into contract and starting the home inspection process only surfaces how little you actually know about the nuts and bolts and brick and mortar of the massive investment you’re about to make: a home!

So, you hire a home inspector, but it seems like they’re speaking an entirely different language – riddled with terms like “serviceable condition” and “conducive to deterioration” – about your dream home! Here are 5 questions you can use to decode your home inspector’s findings into knowledge you can use to make smart decisions as a homebuyer – and homeowner.

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Wood Rot – Does your home have it?

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we see a lot of wood rot. Rafter tails is one of the most commonly effected areas. Observing wood rot in advanced stages like this makes me suspicious of what else I may find.

Posted by Abode Analysis on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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