After a 30 year career in building and remodeling, half as a licensed General Contractor, I chose to take advantage of my experience by becoming a formally trained Bellingham, Washington Residential Home Inspector. I trained through the 160 hour Residential Home Inspection Program at the Bellingham Technical College, the only HI program that is part of the State College System and one of the very few certified by the state Department of Licensing, holding courses at community and technical colleges around the state. I am a Washington State Licensed Home Inspector. I am licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as a Structural Pest Inspector. My extensive knowledge of structures prompted the Bellingham Technical College ( http://www.btc.ctc.edu/DegreesCertificates/programs/PRG-Instructors.asp?Program=63 ) to invite me to teach structural issues in their course. I started my business, Helm Home Inspections shortly after completing the course. I carry General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance. I am a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). I do very thorough and comprehensive inspections, computerized reports with digital photos, but most importantly, because of my experience and maturity, put all issues in their proper perspective. I am especially good with first time buyers who tend to be nervous about their large investment. Experienced buyers also appreciate my thorough, common sense reporting style.
Helm Home Inspections is now available seven days a week!
And as has always been my policy, I am still available for questions 24/7. I am always available to my clients. There is no question too minor. The only bad question is the unasked one.
Sometimes people want to know more about a person than just their professional profile. With this in mind I would like to list some of my interests and passions. All my life I have been an avid reader. I always have at least three books going at a time, on a wide range of subjects. I love cross country skiing and spend New Years every year in the cross country mecca of Mazama, Washington, where there is always excellent snow and over 200 miles of trails. Another passion is gardening, both perennial and vegetable. Working with wood has been a life long passion. I carve masks in the Northwest Coast Indian style using modern versions of very traditional carving tools (adzes and crooked knives). Recently, I made my first piece of furniture, a NW BigLeaf Maple coffee table that now sits in our living room. I love older homes, especially, but not limited to, Craftsman style, and have completely remodeled our 1920s farmhouse in the Craftsman style. I've been a cook for over fifty years and love that (along with the eating). Lastly spending time with the grandchildren (currently 4 boys and a girl!) is way more fun than I ever imagined it would be.
I own a beautiful cabin/vacation rental in the magnificent Mt. Baker area of Northwest Washington. The location is the last (closest) lodging area to the Mt. Baker ski area and is the jumping off point for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, North Cascades National Park and the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area. For information click on: http://mtbakerlodging.com/index.php?page=property&Property_Number=55 .
Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #272
Washington Dept. of Agriculture Licensed Structural Pest Inspector #69844
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) #05032996
30 year career in home building and remodeling. Formally trained, Washington State Licensed Home Inspector, WSDA Lic. Structural Pest Inspector. Very thorough and knowledgable about all eras of home