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The Home Detective Is Celebrating 20 Years Of Success In The Home Inspection Industry!

Congratulations To The Home Detective!
The Home Detective Is Currently Celebrating Their 20th Anniversary As A Leader In The Home Inspection Industry.
The Company Has Grown At A Fast Pace Since Starting In The Business, And Has Done Over 6500 Inspections Over The Years!
They have provided home inspections and home performance services in the Greater Central Seattle area since 1995.
Reid Guthrie, Owner of The Home Detective, has been exceeding client expectations around the Puget Sound over the years…and has committed to giving back to support those in need unlike anything before! The Home Detective has thousands of satisfied clients because they focus on educating their clients, not scaring them. They also stand behind their work with their “200% Money Back Guarantee”.
They enlighten, not frighten. They educate you with objective, unbiased facts and information so that you can make an informed decision about the property.

For the best Seattle home inspection, people trust the professional home inspectors at The Home Detective. Their home inspectors help you avoid making your home purchase your most costly mistake.
Their Home Inspection Services Include:

Home Inspection Services
Electrical Inspections
Roof Surveys
Pre -Purchase Buyer Inspections
Pre – Listing Seller Inspections
New Construction Inspections
Stuctural Inspections

One of the best home inspection companies in Seattle, Washington is The Home Detective.
For More Information About The Home Detective Or To Schedule A Seattle Area Home Inspection, Please Click Here Or Give Us A Call At (206) 745-3975!

10 Reasons To Get A Pre-Listing Inspection

10 Reasons Why You Should Get A Pre-listing Inspection Done On Your Home.
 If you are selling a home, you should know that almost all sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. This is known as the Inspection Contingency. It is better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Having a pre-listing inspection done will make the whole sale process easier. You can identify problems early and either correct them or present them as is.
1. A professional inspector will perform the inspection instead of being at the mercy of the buyer’s choice of inspectors.
2. Schedule the inspection at a convenient time.
3. Review the inspection report to verify accuracy, avoid misrepresentations. The report can help realistically price the home if problems exist.
4. The report can help substantiate a higher price if problems don’t exist or have been corrected.
5. The report might identify any unsafe conditions before agents and prospective buyers tour the home.
6. Helps to reveal problems ahead of time.
a) Makes the home show better
b) Gives time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors
c) Permits attachment of repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report
d) Removes over inflated buyer procured estimates from any future negotiations
7. A seller inspection lightens negotiations and 11th-hour re-negotiations.
8. The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
9. The deal is less likely to fall apart the way they often do when a buyers inspection reveals a serious condition found last minute.
10. Elevates the home above the other properties in a competitive sellers market. It just sells faster!
Schedule your Pre-Listing Inspection today!
The Home Detective
(206) 745-3975

Seattle Area Home Inspector Reveals Why…

Families in The Greater Seattle Area Have Chosen
The Home Detective For Their Home Inspections For Over 20 Years Now!
Most home inspectors want to be left alone when they do a home inspection. They view you, their client, as a distraction. Not at The Home Detective. We want you to be at the home inspection with us, looking over our shoulder and seeing what we’re seeing. We know that you will get a much more complete understanding of your home if you can see things with your own eyes.
Also, this gives you a chance to ask us questions about your home, questions that might not occur to you when you read our report. We’ll share with you what needs to be addressed, and why. You’ll get a real education about your new home, and we’ll explain everything in easy-to-understand terms. We are a “Jargon Free” Company!
We enlighten, not frighten. We educate you with objective, unbiased facts and information so that you can make an informed decision about the property.
Our ASHI Certified Inspectors will spend as much time as it takes to conduct a thorough home inspection on the property you are purchasing, from the roof to the foundation and everything in between.
When you choose us, we become Your Personal Building Consultant For Life. What does that mean? Well, if you ever have any questions about your home – how to maintain it, improvements you’re considering, anything – just give us a call. If we can’t help, we’ll help you find someone who can.
Our schedule is flexible…
We know that your schedule is very hectic so we work hard to accommodate you!
We typically schedule two home inspections a day – one in the morning, the other in the afternoon. This helps ensure that we always have plenty of time to do a thorough home inspection for you.
Can’t get away during the week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We are also available to do your home inspection on Saturdays and Sundays. Our Sunday home inspection schedule is limited, so please let us know as soon as possible that you want to do your home inspection on a Sunday. We’ll do our best to accommodate you!
We’re available seven days a week as well so feel free to give us a call on the weekend to schedule your home inspection!
We provide home inspections throughout the Greater Seattle area, from Federal Way and Bonney Lake, to North Bend and Woodinville, to Snohomish and Everett, and everywhere in between.
So, for a detailed home inspection, and a thorough education about your property, plus lots of extra value, call The Home Detective today to schedule your home inspection!
We look forward to the opportunity of serving you and your family!
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Septic Systems

Your Seattle, Washington home inspection company, The Home Detective, is pleased to share with you septic system maintenance.

Septic Systems
Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of waste water from individual and small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. Septic system regulation is usually a state and local responsibility. The EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic systems to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality.
Information For Homeowners 
If your septic tank failed, or you know someone whose did, you are not alone. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper septic system maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home. Failing septic systems can contaminate the ground water that you and your neighbors drink and can pollute nearby rivers, lakes and coastal waters.
Ten Simple Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Septic System Working Properly:

Locate your septic tank and drainfield. Keep a drawing of these locations in your records.
Have your septic system inspected at least every three years. Hire an inspector trained in septic inspections.
Pump your septic tank as needed (generally, every three to five years).
Don’t dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks or toilets.
Keep other household items, such as dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, and cat litter out of your system.
Use water efficiently.
Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the system. Also, do not apply manure or fertilizers over the drainfield.
Keep vehicles and livestock off your septic system. The weight can damage the pipes and tank, and your system may not drain properly under compacted soil.
Keep gutters and basement sump pumps from draining into or near your septic system.
Check with your local health department before using additives. Commercial septic tank additives do not eliminate the need for periodic pumping and can be harmful to your system.

How Does It Work?
A typical septic system has four main components: a pipe from the home, a septic tank, a drainfield, and the soil. Microbes in the soil digest and remove most contaminants from wastewater before it eventually reaches groundwater. The septic tank is a buried, watertight container typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. It holds the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle out (forming sludge), and oil and grease to float to the surface (as scum). It also allows partial decomposition of the solid materials. Compartments and a T-shaped outlet in the septic tank prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area. Screens are also recommended to keep solids from entering the drainfield. The wastewater exits the septic tank and is discharged into the drainfield for further treatment by the soil. Micro-organisms in the soil provide final treatment by removing harmful bacteria, viruses and nutrients.
Your Septic System Is Your Responsibility!
Did you know that, as a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank? If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.
Pump Frequently…
You should have your septic system inspected at least every three years by a professional, and have your tank pumped as necessary (generally every three to five years).
Use Water Efficiently…
Average indoor water use in the typical single-family home is almost 70 gallons per person per day. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day. The more water a household conserves, the less water enters the septic system.
Flush Responsibly…
Dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, and other kitchen and bathroom waste can clog and potentially damage septic system components. Flushing household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, anti-freeze and paint can stress or destroy the biological treatment taking place in the system, as well as contaminate surface waters and groundwater.
How Do I Maintain My Septic System?
Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drainfield.
Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drainfield or damage the pipes, the tank or other septic system components.
Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater and surface water drainage systems away from the drainfield. Flooding the drainfield with excessive water slows down or stops treatment processes and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
Why Should I Maintain My Septic System?
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected (at least every three years) is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need pumping every three to five years, depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property’s value and could pose a legal liability. Other good reasons for safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection and disease, and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen phosphorus, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Nitrogen and phosphorus are aquatic plant nutrients that can cause unsightly algae blooms. Excessive nitrate-nitrogen in drinking water can cause pregnancy complications, as well as methemoglobinemia (also known as “blue baby syndrome”) in infancy. Pathogens can cause communicable diseases through direct or indirect body contact, or ingestion of contaminated water or shellfish. If a septic system is working properly, it will effectively remove most of these pollutants.

Reid Guthrie has owned and operated his Home Inspection Seattle company, The Home Detective, since January 1995. As a licensed home inspector, Reid covers Seattle and the surrounding area. If you or someone you know are looking for a thorough Seattle Home Inspector, look no further than The Home Detective ~ The More Thorough We Are, The More Defects We Find, The More Money You Save!

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Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Your Seattle, Washington home inspection company, The Home Detective, is pleased to share with you three deadly mistakes every home buyer should avoid.

Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking You Can’t Afford It.
Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes.
Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn’t for one saving grace — the equity in their homes. Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.
Real estate values have always risen steadily. Of course, there are peaks and valleys, but the long-term trend is a consistent increase. This means that every month when you make a mortgage payment, the amount that you owe on the home goes down and the value typically increases. This “owe less, worth more” situation is called equity build-up and is the reason you can’t afford not to buy.
Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people. See below.
Deadly Mistake #2: Not Hiring A Buyer’s Agent To Represent You.
Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it is often the biggest, single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures, and competition from other buyers require buyer agents to perform at an ever-increasing level of competence and professionalism. In addition, making the wrong decisions can end up costing you thousands of dollars. It doesn’t have to be this way!
Work with a buyer’s agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business and the local market. A buyer’s agent has a fiduciary duty to you. That means that he or she is loyal only to you and is obligated to look out for your best interests. A buyer’s agent can help you find the best home, the best lender, and the best home inspector in your area.
Trying to buy a home without an agent or a qualified inspector is, well… unthinkable.
Deadly Mistake #3: Getting A Cheap Inspection.
Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring a certified inspector is almost insignificant by comparison. As a home buyer, you have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don’t stop now! Don’t let your real estate agent, a “patty-cake” inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping here.
Get yourself a professional, home inspector today!
Reid Guthrie has owned and operated his Home Inspection Seattle company, The HomeDetective, since January 1995. As a licensed home inspector, Reid covers Seattle and the surrounding area. If you or someone you know are looking for a thorough Seattle Home Inspector, look no further than The Home Detective ~ The More Thorough We Are, The More Defects We Find, The More Money You Save!

You can view last weeks post here.

Refresh Your Home Design For Entertaining

Your Seattle, Washington home inspection company, The Home Detective, is pleased to share with you tricks to instantly refresh your home design for entertaining
Summer is the ideal time to host events at home with family and friends. But is your home ready for summer soirees? The kitchen is the heart of the home and where people naturally congregate, so it’s important it showcases your signature style and reflects the relaxed feeling of the summer season. Nate Berkus, designer and artistic advisor for LG Studio, LG’s premium line of kitchen appliances, shares kitchen design and entertaining tips to create inspired spaces and host memorable events.
Summer In The Kitchen
Summertime is a great season to begin hosting friends and families, but you don’t need to completely redecorate your home every time you have company. It’s good to have several ideas on hand for your home that convey the upcoming season, notes Berkus. “Simple party themes, like hosting a burger bar outdoors for guests, or inviting everyone to bring in their favorite burger recipe, can be a great way to spice up your party and align it with the laid back feeling of summer.” Berkus also recommends decanting condiments into glass jars with fun labels. He notes, “This is a simple task that can make it easier to serve from, especially at outdoor parties or when hosting large groups. When you’re done, just snap the lid back on for a quick and effortless cleanup.”
We all dream about hosting a house full of people, but the stresses that come with entertaining can be daunting at times. Prepping early, especially in the kitchen, can cut the pressure and allow you to have some fun while hosting a party this summer. “It’s not enough for your guests to show up and have fun – you have to, too!” says Berkus. “Have all items for your meal prepped in advance, so that you can take time to sit, let the meal linger and the conversation flow. Tomorrow you can sleep in.” Berkus recommends stocking up on kitchen essentials in neutral colors, so they are appropriate for any occasion. Linen placemats can work for any party; just add brighter solid napkins and you’re ready for that summer barbecue.
The Well-Appointed Kitchen
“More than any other room in the house, the kitchen works best when it’s in order,” notes Berkus. “It should be intuitive. Having a large-capacity refrigerator with easily-adjustable shelving, like those offered in the LG Studio line, is a great way to keep track of everything you’ve got in there.” If it’s been a while since you’ve gone through your cabinets, take an afternoon to sort through your kitchen necessities while keeping flow in mind. Pots should be closest to the stove, cutting boards and knives in close vicinity to the sink, and baking ingredients all grouped in one pantry area. If you have counter space, use a tray or large board to keep the utensils you use every day at arms’ reach from the stove for easy access. To increase functionality and reduce clutter so your home is always party-ready, consider creating a kitchen work station. Berkus suggests taking advantage of a roll of butcher paper hung on the wall that can function as a place to write notes and reminders while still looking elegant. “The kitchen often becomes the crossroads of the home, a space you pass through a hundred times,” says Berkus. “To keep the piles and stacking to a minimum, I like incorporating trays or baskets on top of a rolling cart, which functions as the command center of the kitchen. It becomes the perfect place for my keys and sunglasses to land at the end of the day, as well as a place to organize mail and accessories for each member of the family.”
As our world continues to become more centered on technology, people are wondering whether or not it has a place in the kitchen. The kitchen of today not only needs to be seamlessly designed, but also needs to be wired to meet all your technology demands. Berkus recommends incorporating several places to plug in within your kitchen. “If you’ve got a family, then it can escalate to a full on war when there’s limited plugs or USB ports in the wall. Consider a plug that allows for more than one device, or a charge pad that you can toss your device on and it does the rest.” If appliances are outdated and lack the functions you need, an upgrade can help make everyday tasks easier. The LG Studio line adds a high-end aesthetic to any kitchen, with a timeless design and technological innovations that become the centerpiece in creating your signature kitchen. The Door-in-Door Refrigerator allows easy access to the outer compartment without opening the entire refrigerator door, allowing less cool air to escape to help keep your food fresher. The LG Studio Double Wall Oven has 100 recipes included in its built-in gourmet recipe bank to make cooking for family and guests simpler. Be sure to visit for other tips from Berkus and, through July 31, the chance to win a complete kitchen renovation led by Berkus and outfitted with a suite of LG Studio appliances.

Reid Guthrie has owned and operated his Home Inspection Seattle company, The HomeDetective, since January 1995. As a licensed home inspector, Reid covers Seattle and the surrounding area. If you or someone you know are looking for a thorough Seattle Home Inspector, look no further than The Home Detective ~ The More Thorough We Are, The More Defects We Find, The More Money You Save!

You can view last weeks post here.
You can view last weeks post here.

Home Improvement For National Curb Appeal Month

Your Seattle, Washington home inspection company, The Home Detective, is pleased to share with you projects you can do at home to celebrate National Curb Appeal Month.

Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.
During National Curb Appeal Month in August, building product companies are urging homeowners to focus on improving their home’s exterior. Investing in key products now can make your home more marketable in the future.      
Sixty-one percent of homeowners say that when house hunting or designing their home, the most attention-grabbing exterior feature was the style of the home, followed by how the house looked on the property (43 percent), according to the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes’ Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study conducted by Harris Interactive.
And, when it comes to adding curb appeal to a home, color counts. Fifty-nine percent of homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the role that color plays when they think about replacing major exterior home features.
“To enhance curb appeal it’s all about creating top down color by working from the roof down through the different elements of the exterior such as siding, windows, trim and doors,” says Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color. “For example, a colonial style home with a warm Autumn Blend polymer shake roof could be ideally matched with a home exterior in a neutral stone color.
“Then, add pops of color for curb appeal, such as chocolate brown vinyl window frames, like those available from Simonton Windows. Shutters and trim around the home could use the same deep brown color. A stand-out color like pine green or marine blue would then be added to the entry door to add personality to the exterior.”
Smith, who has authored the free online FRESH Home Exterior Colors and FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior guides, spends a good deal of her time advising homeowners, remodelers and builders on selecting the perfect colors for the exterior of the home.
“It’s important to remember that it all starts on the roof,” says Smith. “When you’re working top down with unlimited color options from a company like DaVinci Roofscapes, a homeowner has an open palette for designing the perfect home exterior.”
Smith recommends that other key factors to enhance curb appeal can be found by selecting products for the home that are easily painted and maintained. “For me, it’s all about adding color to easy-care products,” says Smith. “That’s one reason why I like Fypon decorative millwork pieces so much. These smooth polyurethane pieces come primed and ready to paint. We’re talking about shutters, louvers, door and window trim, balustrade systems and even brackets and mouldings to increase the exterior appeal of a home.
“And, of course, nothing pops with color like the front door. I recommend homeowners consider stylish and paintable fiberglass entry doors from Therma-Tru. This company invented fiberglass doors and they offer many options for adding warmth, color and elegance to the home exterior.”
Replacing worn out exterior home features is a smart investment for homeowners. Many products added to the home have a high return-on-investment at the time of a home sale according to the 2014 Cost Versus Value Study conducted by Remodeling magazine. Adding energy-efficient vinyl windows as a mid-range project to a home can have a cost recoup value of 78.7 percent, while the addition of vinyl siding can have 78.2 percent recoup rate.
The same study reports that the replacement of an entry door with a fiberglass door can result in 70.8 percent of the cost recouped, while a new roof on the home has a 67.6 percent cost recoup. The study What Today’s Home Buyers Really Want from the National Association of Home Builders reports that the three most-wanted outdoor features consumers desire for their home exteriors are lighting, a patio and a front porch.
National Curb Appeal Month was launched by Fypon. The free comprehensive and colorful online guides created by Smith are available for downloading at

Reid Guthrie has owned and operated his Home Inspection Seattle company, The Home Detective, since January 1995. As a licensed home inspector, Reid covers Seattle and the surrounding area. If you or someone you know are looking for a thorough Seattle Home Inspector, look no further than The Home Detective ~ The More Thorough We Are, The More Defects We Find, The More Money You Save!

You can view last weeks post here.