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Kevin Johnson - Certified InspectorNorth Sound Home Inspections Services is locally owned and operated by Kevin Johnson based on Camano Island. Having owned a number of homes ourselves, we understand that purchasing or selling a home can be a very stressful time in one's life. We offer personal and friendly service; our goal is to provide you with professional inspection services that will give you the information you need in order to make an informed decision about your purchase or sale.

Kevin has extensive training and nearly 20 years experience in the housing construction industry and related fields, so you can rest assured that your inspection is in good hands.

We use professional inspection equipment as appropriate, including moisture meters,multi gas detectors and infrared laser thermometers to provide you with the thorough evaluations you deserve. We also use state-of-the-art handheld and portable computers, American Home Inspectors Training reporting system software along with digital pictures, which allow us to provide top-quality, full color, computer-generated, easy-to-read reports. Our reports are e-mailed, usually the same day, and always within 24 hours. Mailed hardcopies and CD copies are available by request.

Inspections are our only business. We are impartial and work only for you. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive, fair, independent, and objective evaluation so that you can understand and take care of your valuable investment. Your interests are our interests before, during, and after the inspection.

  • Training, Certifications and License

    • Trained and Certified by
      the American Home Inspector Training Institute
    • Washington Licensed Home Inspector #628
    • Washington State Dept. Of Agriculture
      Certified Structural Pest Inspector
    • Member of International Association of
      Certified Home Inspectors, License #75827
    • Hazardous Materials Technician
    • Certified Manufactured Home Inspector
  • State-of-the-Art Tool

    Professional inspection equipment, including thermal imaging camera, moisture meters, multi gas detectors and infrared laser thermometers to provide you with the thorough evaluations you deserve.

  • Same Day Reports

    Our reports are e-mailed, usually the same day, and always within 24 hours. Mailed hardcopies and CD copies are available by request.

Tips from a Property Inspector

Tips on how a Listing Agent can prepare for a successful inspection:

TIP 1: Talk with your seller about the advantages of having a "pre-listing" home inspection by a professional, state certified home inspector. This can increase marketability of the home and eliminate unwanted surprises that may be discovered by the buyer's inspector (which could slow or terminate the real estate transaction.)
TIP 2: If your seller is reluctant to have their home professionally inspected (because they don't want to spend the money), then encourage them to inspect their own house. NOTE: This should take place before the house is listed or shortly thereafter.

The following is a list of items that should be inspected:

  • Outside the Home

    1. Examine the exterior siding and trim.
    A. Fill any cracks or openings with caulk.
    B. Prep and paint any areas that have peeling paint or exposed wood.
    C. Trim away any vegetation that's in contact with the siding.
    2. Examine the perimeter foundation.
    A. Fill any cracks with sealant.
    B. Soil level should be at least 6" below the siding.
    C. Slope of the ground should be away from the foundation.
    3. Examine the roof and roof drainage system.
    A. Replace any missing or damaged shingles or shakes.
    B. Remove any moss and tree debris from the roof.
    C. Remove leaves and tree debris from gutters.
    D. Repair or replace any damaged gutters or downspouts.
    4. Examine any attached decks and porches.
    A. Remove any earth-to-wood contact.
    B. Secure any loose handrails.
    C. Replace any rotted wood with structurally sound wood.

  • Inside the Home

    1. Examine and test all bathroom plumbing fixtures (including toilets, sinks, tubs and showers.)
    A. Repair any damaged or defective fixtures.
    B. Repair any leaks or drips.
    C. Caulk any areas that have missing or separated caulk.
    2. Examine and test all GFCI outlets.
    A. Replace if defective.
    B. All bathroom and kitchen sink outlets should be GFCI protected.
    3. Examine and test all smoke detectors.
    A. Replace if defective.
    B. The house should have at least one detector on each level.
    C. Detectors are required to have "hush" buttons, and, if not hard-wired, a 10-year battery.
    4. Examine and test all windows.
    A. Replace any cracked or broken panes.
    B. Repair any non-operational windows (for egress purposes.)
    5. Examine the furnace filter.
    A. Replace if dirty.
    NOTE: If the furnace hasn't been cleaned or serviced within a couple of years, have it professionally serviced.

  • Inside the Crawlspace

    1. Examine the crawlspace.
    A. The floor should be completely covered with a black plastic vapor barrier.
    B. Remove any cellulose debris on crawlspace floor, including lumber, wood scraps and cardboard.
    C. Repair any plumbing leaks.

Additional Tips

TIP 3: Have your seller do any necessary repairs or have your seller hire someone qualified to do those repairs. NOTE: This should take place before the buyer's inspection.
TIP 4: If the house is vacant, verify that all of the utilities are turned on. This includes water, electricity and gas.
TIP 5: Verify that any lockbox required for entry to the home is programmed to open at the time of the inspection.
TIP 6: If the house is occupied, communicate to your seller that the inspector will need unobstructed access to the attic, crawlspace, furnace, water heater and electric service panel.
TIP 7: Do not attend the inspection. It is also preferable that your seller is not present during the inspection. Your absence can help create a more comfortable environment for the buyer, buyer's agent and inspector.
TIP 8: Prepare your seller for the fact that the buyer's inspector most likely is going to find some items that warrant attention or repair. This is normal, so your seller shouldn't take it personally.
TIP 9: If after the inspection the prospective buyer is dissatisfied with the inspection results (i.e., some unpleasant surprises are discovered by the inspector), let your seller know that it's okay. That it's typical for buyer/seller negotiations to take place after the inspection (in the form of an addendum to the original sales agreement.)

Tips on how a Buyer's agent can prepare for a successful home inspection:

TIP 1: Have you or your buyer arrange for a professional home inspection with a state certified home inspector. The inspector should have E&O insurance. Personal referrals are the best.
TIP 2: If your buyer is reluctant to have an inspection (because they don't want to spend the money), attempt to persuade them to have one (that it will be money well spent.)
TIP 3: Verify with the listing agent that any lockbox require for entry to the home is programmed to open at the time of the inspection.
TIP 4: If the house is vacant, also verify with the listing agent that all of the utilities are turned on. This includes the water, electricity and gas.
TIP 5: If the house is occupied, communicate to the listing agent that the inspector will need unobstructed access to any attic, crawlspace, furnace, water heater and electric service panel.
TIP 6: Have both you and your buyer attend the inspection. If your buyer can't or doesn't want to attend the entire inspection, encourage them to at least come at the end of the inspection. That way the inspector can discuss the inspection report with both of you, point out, if necessary, any items that might warrant attention or repair, and answer any question that you may have.
TIP 7: Before or during the inspection prepare your buyer for that fact that the house isn't going to be in perfect condition. Even brand new construction homes are rarely perfect. Let your buyer know that the inspector is most likely going to find items that warrant attention or repair. That is normal.
TIP 8: If after the inspection your buyer is dissatisfied with the inspection results (i.e., there are some unpleasant surprises discovered by the inspector), let your buyer know that it's okay. That buyer requests or negotiations can take place with the seller in the form of an addendum to the original sales agreement.

Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions

What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

We follow the Washington Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, this outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.

Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you'll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

If you are planning to sell you home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies upon location. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee will vary depending upon a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age, the possible optional services such as Pest and Dry Rot Inspection and if out buildings or pools and spas are included in the inspection.

Do not let the cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain.

When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.

Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

Do I have to be there?
While it's not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. You should try to meet the inspector at the end of the inspection so you can review the summary and findings. If you can't make it, we will be glad to cover the finding over the phone with you.

What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don't want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

If the house was in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will have the information for future reference. Remember, most times the Home Inspector can offer maintenance information to help keep your house in top condition.

Inspection Services

North Sound Home Inspection serves real estate buyers and sellers including the greater Everett, Seattle, Bellingham area, in the following areas, Snohomish County, King County, Skagit County, Island County, Whatcom County and Camano Island. The Home inspections performed are consistent with the Washington State Home Inspection Standards of Practice, and are in compliance with Washington State Laws regarding Structural Pest Inspections. All home inspections include a full pest inspection for termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, moisture ants, and fungal wood rot decay (often mistakenly called dryrot). Home inspections are offered in the following locations: Camano Island, Stanwood, Arlington, WA. Marysville, WA. Everett, Granite Falls, Darrington, Snohomish, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds, Bothell, Woodinville, Monroe, Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Duvall, Redmond, Sammamish, Bellevue, Seattle, Woodway, Mount Vernon, WA. La Conner, Burlington, Bellingham, Oak Harbor.

Licensed - Insured - Bonded

LICENSED - North Sound Home Inspections is fully licensed and certified by the Washington State and Washington State Department of Agriculture as Structural Pest Inspectors, and are Washington State Licensed Home Inspectors.

INSURED - North Sound Home Inspections carries a claims made Errors and Omissions Insurance policy to protect you and your investments, with limits of liability covering $500,000.

BONDED - North Sound Home Inspections is fully bonded, covering $12,500

The Simple Fact

North Sound Home Inspections is a locally owned and operated inspection firm that goes above and beyond for their clients. Vastly exceeding the monetary and educational requirements currently in place in the States of Washington, North Sound Home Inspections, covering all of Western Washington and is proud to offer you solid Errors and Omissions Insurance coverage, legitimate bonds and fully licensed home inspection professionals.

Schedule an Inspection

If you are interested in scheduling a home inspection, Just give us a call at 425-870-0818

Unlike many other Washington based home inspection firms, we protect our clients greatest investment, their home!