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The Successful Home Inspector Podcast Episode 148 Charles Buell.


As a Seattle Home Inspector, I am committed to bringing all my years of experience, as well as my continuing education regarding home construction practices, to bear, in assisting the Home Buyer/Seller with their Home purchase/sale.

Inspecting NW Homes

Inspecting NW Homes

It is my intention that the Home Buyer/Seller have an accurate, “snap-shot” of the major components of the Home, thus assisting them in making an informed decision. While based in Seattle/Shoreline WA, I inspect homes all over Western Washington State, including King County, Snohomish County and sometimes even Pierce County. Some of the cities I commonly get to are Everett, Lynnwood, Bothel, Kenmore, Kent, SeaTac, Bellevue, Kirkland—-and many others. Some buyers have referred to my inspection reports as “beginning” owner’s manuals for their home.

Business & Inspection Experience

I have been designing and building residential structures for over 35 years.

Inspecting NW Homes

Inspecting NW Homes

Previous to becoming a Home Inspector in 2004, I was a “hands-on” general contractor and I was actively involved in all aspects of residential construction. As a designer and a builder, I had to keep up-to-date in all the trades involved in this work: foundations, framing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, siding, roofing etc. My specialties have been kitchen design, second story additions, whole house remodels, and new passive solar houses—-including composting toilets and wood foundations.

I currently sit on the Home Inspector Licensing Advisory Board of the State of Washington.

I am also on the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) technical review committee at the National level and served as chair of the committee for 2016.

I am a Graduate of Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Wa., Residential Home Inspection Course (160 hours), and I am currently an instructor with this program. This course is approved by the State of Washington for Home Inspector Education as preparation for new inspector licensing.


I am a Member of ASHI, (American Society of Home Inspectors), Member #246514.

I am a Licensed Washington State Home Inspector, #220

I am a Licensed Structural Pest Inspector, WSDA #67488

Level I Thermographer, ITC Certified

Charles Buell is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home IAsk the Charlotte Inspectornspection Carolina and

The Successful Home Inspector Episode 140 Kyle Brose


The team at Allegiance Home Inspection makes it their goal to serve each client with integrity and thoughtfulness. We treat you like family. Our inspectors are trained to have a charge-neutral approach when discussing findings with clients: not making small things scary and intimidating but also, not neglecting the important things.

Throughout the years, we have grown a passion for quality building practices as well as ensuring that our clients walk away with a valuable newfound knowledge of the details of their homes. We make it our goal to serve you well and to know that we have helped you make an informed decision while purchasing or selling a home.

All Allegiance inspectors are licensed with the State of Washington as Home Inspectors as well as a Structural Pest Inspectors among a variety of other home inspection certifications and qualifications.

Thank you for considering us at Allegiance Home Inspection to be your front line in protecting your family’s biggest investment

Kyle Brose is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

Episode 92 Jim Estrada

Seattle Home Inspector Jim Estrada
Seattle Home Inspector Jim Estrada

Jim Estrada, president and lead inspector for Property Inspector LLC, has an incredible passion for the inspection business. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Chemistry at the age of twenty, he was involved for the last thirty five years in extensive remodeling projects and property management. He graduated at the top of his class from Inspection Training Association, the premier home inspection school.

Jim has been inspecting for almost 15 years and preformed over 10,000 inspections. His inspections exceed the Standards of Practice of ASHI, (The American Society of Home Inspectors); he’s a certified member of ASHI, and on the ASHI local Board. His inspections also exceed the Standards of Practice for the State of Washington where he holds his Certified Inspector License #210. He is licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture #65027 as a Structural Pest Inspector for detecting Wood Destroying Organisms. These inspections are recommended along with all home inspections.

Jim says:

“We’ve been doing a great job for over 5,000 happy home owners in the Greater Seattle Bellevue Metropolitan Area for almost 15 years now. If you have been to our website, you’ve read what some of those folks have to say about our service and follow up resources. Before I got into the home inspection business, I remodeled and managed properties for more than twenty five years.

Very few inspectors in Greater Seattle have that kind of experience – experience that we put to work for you at your home inspection. We can communicate in English,  Chinese, Filipino, and Spanish with our reporting WE WORK FOR YOU!

Not the Realtor or the Seller, or the lender, or anyone else. Most of all, we have a genuine interest in seeing that our Clients are given our clearest and most honest opinions about the conditions in the home they are considering. We’ll tell you what we see. We’ll talk to you about how important anything might be, and we’ll discuss what your options are. We are a full-service inspection company, and we are out to do you a great job.”

Jim Estrada is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

Episode 39 Michael Wicklund

Michael Wicklund
Michael Wicklund

Michael Wicklund is the owner and operator of STERLING Home Inspection Services. Michael began his career in the construction field. He is a third generation carpenter following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. As a self-employed remolding contractor his focus was on kitchen and bath remodels. With experience in these areas he was continually called upon to bid jobs related to real estate transactions. This work is commonly referred to as real estate work orders, i.e. any item generated from a home inspection or pest inspection.

After seventeen years of remodeling and repairs from other inspector’s reports, and feeling the need for a career change the natural path was for him to become a home inspector himself. With his past construction experience he decided to attend home inspection school, he chose Inspection Training Associates ITA because of their high quality of training in the inspection industry. There he received certification allowing him to become a well-rounded home inspector. In addition, he acquired the necessary licensing from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, which allows him to perform structural pest inspections (WDO inspections). Education is a high priority to Michael; he frequently attends continuing education classes, so he can stay up to date on the most current building practices.

Michael finds great satisfaction as a full time home inspector educating perspective homebuyers.

ITAHome Inspection Training

Inspection Training Associates ITA

Home Inspection Certification

Michael Wicklund was certified as a Master Inspector by the American Institute of Inspectors – A.I.I.™

Home inspectors are NOT created equal! States require little or no educational requirements for home inspection companies. You should choose your inspector carefully.

Michael Wicklund was formally trained and certified by Inspection Training Associates (ITA), a leader in the home inspection training field. Meth SamplerHe is also licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to perform structural home inspections.

Michael Wicklund was trained by Michael Leavitt & Co to safely collect surface wipe samples for the presence of methamphetamine residue in both residential and commercial structures.

Michael Wicklund is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector.