The Realtor’s Guide to Home Inspection


This training, designed for real estate professionals, explains a number of the most common issues found during the residential home inspection process. Topics include electrical and plumbing safety issues, L-P and other siding problems, roofing, foundation cracks, chimneys, furnaces and wood destroying organisms such as carpenter ants or anobiid beetles. State mandated conducive conditions, including the ultimate conducive condition – mold – will be discussed.


The training provides 3 clock hours of Washington State Department of Licensing approved real estate education. The course (Intro to RHI Concerns, RHI 105) is presented through Bellingham Technical College and is taught by adjunct faculty of BTC’s Residential Home Inspection Training Program.


The class is affordable, just $35.00 per person (minimum of eight participants). We will bring it right to your office and usually schedule it mornings 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon or in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our goal is not intended to turn realtors into home inspectors, but to help the realtor better understand and interpret home inspection reports.


In Whatcom, Island or Skagit counties, please contact
Steven Smith at King of the House Home Inspection.

Phone: (360) 676-6908
Toll Free: (866) 676-6908

In King, Pierce or Snohomish counties, please contact
Charles Buell at Charles Buell Inspections.

Phone: 206-478-7371


steve smith photo Steven L. Smith

Steve, a formally educated home inspector, is program coordinator of Residential Home Inspection Training at Bellingham Technical College. He entered the field of home inspection after spending twenty-five years as a chief engineer in electronics. Smith, who also served as CEO of a Bellingham corporation, has worked in the fields of carpentry, plumbing, electricity, and wood destroying organisms. King of the House Home Inspection, Inc, Steve’s company, operates in Bellingham, Whatcom County and all of Northwest Washington.

Steve is an accomplished presenter and has, on two occasions, offered presentations before the National Archives. He is enthusiastic about teaching others and has taught a number of topics for BTC, including roofing, structure and exteriors. Currently he teaches the first week and provides an introduction to the home inspection business and discusses ethics, professional affiliations, marketing, legal concerns and effective report writing. A favorite with students is his course on wood destroying organisms and conducting thorough pest inspections. Students learn inspection basics and the detecting skills required to pass the WSDA regulated structural pest inspector exam.

charles buell photo Charles Buell

Charlie is a formally trained home inspector and began building homes with his father more than 40 years ago. He spent many years in the construction business and has built a number of homes from the foundation up. He is one of those rare individuals, here on the west coast at least, who has built a home with a preserved wood foundation. Today, Charlie is owner of Charles Buell Inspections and is a busy home inspector in one of the fastest growing real estate markets in America – Seattle and King County.

Charlie has the knowledge and background to teach any facet of home inspection, but his love for electrical, plumbing and insulation theory makes him the natural to teach these complex subjects. Anyone who knows Charlie knows that he lives and breathes home inspection. Charlie is an endless resource and invaluable consultant to those colleagues, friends and former students who need detailed information on the intricacies of home inspection.

rick d pen photo Rick D. Pen

Formally trained as a home inspector, Rick is owner of Dependable Home inspections in the Whatcom County, WA market. Prior to beginning a home inspection business, Rick spent several years as a professional remodeler. He has extensive experience with both new construction and older homes. A few years ago, Rick decided it was time to put his collected knowledge to work in the area of home inspection. Rick's past experience allowed him to quickly develop that “critical eye” that is so necessary in the home inspection business. Rick is an experienced, approachable and popular instructor.

Realtor Tip: How to prepare for a scheduled home inspection


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L-P siding deterioration
TPR drain photo
TPR drain on the water heater is routed up
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Settlement cracks in stucco
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Mold, the ultimate conducive condition
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Termite damage in the crawl space
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Chimney safety and deterioration
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Mossy roof
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Wire splice

The Realtor’s Guide to Home Inspection - rev: July 8, 2012