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Washington Inspector Tips & Real Estate News

Reporting on the latest local news, home tips and industry events.


Blower Door Tests for Seattle, Wenatchee & Chelan County


July 9, 2012:  Washington State building code requires all new construction homes to pass a blower door test recording air leakage rates. The blower door test verifies that the new home is sealed tightly and will perform efficiently. AMS Inspection offers contracted multiple home rates for developers, contractors and insulation companies. Call or email us today.


Duct Blaster & Blower Door Tests for Chelan, Leavenworth, Wenatchee


January 10, 2012:  AMS Inspection Services has Energy Star Performance Technicians that are able to test all new construction homes to meet the Washington State Energy Code.  Read more HERE.


Leavenworth Fire In Tumwater Canyon


August 18, 2011:  The US Forest Service reported at 6:30 a.m. this morning that the Tumwater Canyon fire had grown overnight to 100 acres.  The fire is six miles north of Leavenworth and has about 90 fire personnel working on the efforts in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  Read the complete press release HERE.


Wenatchee HVAC Testing:  AMS Inspection adds services to help contractors meet Washington State's New Energy Code


June 3, 2011:  Contractors must meet new standards as Washington State adopts a new energy code. Our home inspection company is now offering afforable blower door and duct blaster tests to contractors and home owners. Blower Door tests are required for all new construction homes.  Please call for a quote or to discuss discounts with multiple home orders.


AMS Inspection sponsors NCHBA Breakfast June 8th


Are you hungry for important information about the North Central Home Builders Association?  Then join us Wednesday, June 8th at SMITTY’S PANCAKE HOUSE, Wenatchee at 7:30 am – 8:30 am.  This great FREE breakfast is sponsored by AMS Inspection Services, Inc.  Come fill up on awesome information about the benefits of being a member of the NCHBA.  Whether you’re brand new or been here since the beginning there is always something to learn about.  If you know of someone thinking about joining then this is a great opportunity for them to learn what the NCHBA is all about.  ***Please RSVP by calling Cindy at 509-665-8195 by Monday, June 6th.  VIEW FLYER.


From Seattle Times: "Decision to yank Hellickson's real-estate license upheld"


May 13, 2011: "An administrative-law judge has upheld the state's decision to revoke the real-estate license of Pierce County broker Michael Hellickson, agreeing that he engaged in dishonest practices that took advantage of struggling homeowners.  If Judge Terry Schuh's ruling sticks, Hellickson — touted on national television as an expert on distressed property sales — would be out of the real-estate business for at least 10 years.  In a 53-page ruling Thursday, Schuh also upheld the Department of Licensing's revocations of the licenses of Hellickson's wife, Tara, and their Bonney Lake firm, Hellickson.com.  The firm specializes in "short sales" for less than the seller owes on the property, and has represented sellers throughout the state,"...read the full storySource: Seattle Times business reporter, Eric Pryne.


Seattle Fire Houses For Sale


April 19, 2011:  Own a piece of Seattle history and unique piece of property!  The assessed of one of the stations is $289,000 and they'll both be for sale soon.  Watch the interview from KING 5 News.


Spring Cleaning!  It's time for yard maintenance.


The snow is thawing and the grass is growing.  It's time to clean up all that winter debris.  Be sure to get rid of any old wood lying around your home.  This becomes a great home to wood destroying organisms including carpenter ants, termites, etc.  Check out this photo from a Lake Wenatchee home inspection.  City of Leavenworth's Annual Spring Clean-up will be from April 12 to May 12. The city crew will pick up yard debris the same day household garbage is collected at no extra charge. Leaves, pine needles and other yard debris must be in plastic garbage bags. Limbs must be cut into 4-foot or shorter lengths and tied into bundles. No furniture, appliances, dirt, rocks, sod or building debris will be picked up. The yard debris should be placed next to the regular garbage tote/dumpster and it will be picked up the same day. Limit the yard debris to 3 or 4 bags per week.