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“Inspected Once”
Inspected Right

King Of The House Experience, Attention to detail, Knowledge and Ethics.
In Bellingham and Whatcom County you can count on a quality home inspection from King of the House!

100% Locally Owned and Operated
Serving Whatcom County and Northwest Washington

State of the Art Online Report

Take a look at a King of the House sample report and see why more and more buyers and sellers in the northwest are relying on Steven L. Smith for their home inspection.

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Samples are from actual home inspections.
Some information and photos have been altered to assure client anonymity.

If you want to become a Washington state licensed home inspector, consider training at Bellingham Technical College. The course is fully approved by the state of Washington.
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Steven Smith is an experienced and highly regarded Bellingham home inspector. He operates King of the House, a local firm, and he doubles as the director of home inspection training at Bellingham Technical College, where specialized training in the field is provided to inspectors around Washington state.

What some of our satisfied customers say
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Northwest realtors from Seattle to the Canadian border click on this link
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to find out how you can, in the comfort of your own office, earn 3 clock hours of affordable, state approved real estate education. Classes are under the auspices of, and taught by instructors from, Bellingham Technical College's residential home inspection training program.

In memory of unrivaled specialist on the King Of The House Home Inspection team
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See Steve's profile at the ActiveRain Real Estate Network.
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Visit Steve's blog at ActiveRain to view his informative articles on topics that are of interest to homebuyers and sellers.
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King of the House (Steven L. Smith) Top-rated in Washington state on the Active Rain Real Estate Network
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March 2008 Bellingham Business Journal article about Steve Smith and blogging

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For videos produced by King of the House Home inspection directly related to home inspection topics that are applicable to Bellingham, Washington, Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest visit

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My Guarantee To You

Experience, attention to detail, knowledge and ethics. Those are the attributes people are looking for in a home inspector. Steven L. Smith, President of King of the House Inc, meets all of those requirements. Steve is Washington state licensed as a home inspector and state licensed as a structural pest inspector. Steve is a well-known home inspector in the Pacific Northwest in 2008 Steve was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Advisory Board. He, also, serves as program coordinator and lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches inspection courses for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. King of the House is top rated in the state of Washington at the industry leading Active Rain real estate network.

Choosing the right home inspector is an important decision. Steven L. Smith is uniquely qualified to help you evaluate the condition of a home that you plan to buy or sell. Steve has acquired many years of experience in purchasing, renovating, building and repairing residential and investment properties. When buying investment properties, or advising others in that regard, an inspector must have a critical eye and be able to identify those properties that are "sound" investments while eliminating those that are not suitable. Let Steve put his experience to work for you!

In addition to serving new clients and maintaining many repeat clients; Steve works as a consultant in the field of home inspection. Under the auspices of the state college system, he teaches home inspection procedures, inspecting for wood destroying organisms, ethics and professional report writing to prospective home inspectors across the state. A King of the House home inspection is thorough and the written report is an industry leader, detailed and easy to understand. King of the House inspection reports include virtually all areas of a home. To view a sample report, click here.

Steven L. Smith has lived in Whatcom County all of his life and is familiar with the problems and issues that afflict homes in our damp climate. If you hire King of the House to inspect your investment, you will receive an honest report based on Steve's many years of professional experience and his industry knowledge. King of the House, will provide you with a thorough inspection and a great written report. That is Steve's promise to you.

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Steven L. Smith

Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207


WA State Standards Of Practice

Original member, Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Board


You can view and download the King Of The House Agreement for Home Inspection Services and Washington State Standards of Practice here

King of the House, Inc.
Phone: (360) 319 0038
1609 East Maplewood Avenue 
Bellingham, WA 98225


For a high quality home inspection in the Seattle, Tacoma area, look to Charles Buell Inspections, Inc.

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It Pays To Know What You Are Buying

         Arranging for an inspection, by King of the House, is in the best interest of a buyer. The standard inspection includes an analysis of the home, conducted by Steven L. Smith, a state licensed, trained and equipped objective professional who can identify problems that are not readily apparent to most home purchasers. This detailed assessment of the property, depending on the condition of the home, may reassure a buyer or, alternatively, save a buyer a great deal of money.
          Homebuyers, who want to avoid unpleasant surprises after closing, should obtain a professional home inspection prior to the purchase of a property.

You Rely On Experience When You Hire King Of The House

  • Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207
  • Washington State Licensed Structural Pest Inspector #69078
  • HUD/FHA Registered Inspector #D733
  • Lead Instructor, Home Inspection Training, Bellingham Technical College
  • Washington State University Continuing Education Instructor
  • WA State Dept of Agriculture Certified Instructor
  • ASHI Certified Inspector #252760
  • E&O and General Liability Insurance

Report Is Published With Color Photos And A Complete Home Inspection Including

  • Crawlspace
  • Attic
  • Structure
  • Interior
  • Roof
  • Pests and Conducive Conditions
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Siding
  • Furnace
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water Pressure
  • Lot and Grounds
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Chimney
  • Decks, Porches, Walkways and Railings
  • Cooling Systems
  • Water Heating System
  • Fireplaces
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Insulation and Ventilation

Frequently Asked Questions

What Am I Paying For?
An inspection of your investment by a licensed and trained professional who is familiar with the problems found at homes here in the Pacific Northwest.

What Will I Receive?
A timely, easy to read, report with color photos detailing the results of your home inspection. This extensive report may be privately viewed by you, or parties of your choosing, from any Internet connection or it may be printed.

How Long Will It Take?
The "onsite" inspection typically lasts three to four hours, depending on the size, condition and age of the home.

May I Attend?
Yes, you may be present at the home inspection.

Is Your Company Insured?
Absolutely, King of the House Inc. is licensed by the state and fully insured for liability and errors and omissions.

When Will I See The Results?
In a timely manner, often the same day at a newer house or a smaller home. Other times, the report will be available the next day or at a time that has been mutually agreed upon.

Informational videos for home owners produced by King of the House Home Inspection

King of the House Home Inspection has produced a number of informative videos on the topics of home maintenance and common defects that are found at homes in Bellingham, Whatcom County and the Pacific Northwest. King of the House Home Inspection videos have been viewed by more than 50,000 people

Click here to watch King of the House Home Inspection's five most popular videos

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