I am an Everett Home Inspector who has been serving Snohomish, King, Skagit, Whatcom Counties since 1997.
Buyers, sellers, and even some agents, are sometimes confused about the home inspection process. What is being inspected, and what is not being inspected?
There are standards that home inspectors are mandated, by the State of Washington, to follow. These standards spell out the parameters of what a home inspector's responsibilities are, and what inspectors are not required to do.
Some sellers want to know why a home inspection takes so long. And once you read over the Standards of Practice, it starts to become very clear. A home inspection is a detailed, thorough examination of the home. That said, it is not technically exhaustive. But it does take time to inspect all the parts and pieces to give a detailed report of the home's condition.
Sometimes it is buyers who wonder why a home inspector won't disassemble a furnace for a closer inspection of the heat exchanger. Why inspectors aren't required to traverse roofs that are slick, too high, or too steep to safely access. And even why inspectors won't move the seller's belongings and furnishings to inspect for concealed defects.
I adhere to the comprehensive Washington State Home Inspection Standards of Practice as per WAC 308-408C-010. I have included a PDF file below copy detailing these Standards.
In May of 2009 I passed the National
Home Inspector Exam and the Washington State Inspector Exam to qualify
for licensure. On July 27, 2009 I received my license as part of the
first group of home inspectors ever licensed in Washington State.