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Darrell Hay, ACI, owner of Safe & Sound Home Inspections Inc., the Leading Seattle Area Home Inspection Company, has a lengthy background in the construction and inspection industries, having been involved since 7th grade, skipping school to be out in the field building and remodeling houses with his father--- 40 years ago. After many years in the construction industry Darrell began inspecting homes in the middle 1990's, and has completed in excess of 10,000 home inspections since that time.

Safe & Sound Home Inspections provides traditional pre-purchase home inspections throughout the central Puget Sound region for potential homebuyers on used homes and new construction. Pre-inspections on short notice are of course welcomed! Individual condominium and townhouse inspections are a large part of the business of course, as are inspections for single and multi-family investors and homeowner associations. Manufactured, modular, and houseboats are also part of the inspection services provided. Darrell has performed at least three hundred log home inspections over the years, becoming something of a minor sub-specialty. 

For eleven years, until the recent bloodletting in the newspaper industry in 2008, Darrell wrote a popular weekly real estate/construction/inspection column called "Ask The Expert" in The Seattle Times  

You may find Darrell regularly giving presentations on home inspections, maintenance, and construction for contractor associations, insurance industry groups, continuing legal education (CLE) for real estate lawyers, landlord groups, and so forth. Darrell also continues to work with the King County Prosecutor's Office helping to document and prosecute unethical "contractors" preying on the elderly and disabled. 

Darrell previously taught home inspector education classes at two different local colleges (Highline CC and Discover U), is a regular guest on local radio and television stations on housing and home inspection related topics, and has done public service announcements for The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Registration Program   

Legalities and Qualifications 
On July 1, 2010 Washington state's new home inspector licensing program took full effect. All inspectors must now be fully licensed. Darrell is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #246 (the numbers start at 200). Today the numer of licensed individuals in Washington state is approximately 800, with many less than full time, or relatively new to the business. Look for license numbers above 800---these are the inspectors with less experience, and the numbers above 1000 are the newbies. 200 through approximately 700 were grandfathered in and have been in business since at least 2008.  

The new law has obviously screened out a lot of marginal inspectors due to meaningful education and experience requirements.  Sad to say, but the extremely high cost of licensing ($980---before the required three weeks of schooling and 40 hours of peer review) has influenced this number as well.  Washington State Department of Licensing's list of licensed home inspectors can be found here:  

Darrell is certified as an EIFS/stucco inspector with the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau, as well as a Certified Earthquake Home Retrofit inspector with the local arm of FEMA's Project Impact

Associations and Education
Darrell is Certified Inspector #202384 with American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI is the oldest, best known, and most respected home inspection organization in the world, with the toughest membership requirements, based on reporting, experience, knowledge, recertification requirements, standards of practice and code of ethics  
ASHI is the ONLY inspection organization to have third party accreditation of its membership requirements by NCCA, so ASHI Certified Inspectors can legally use the "ACI" designation.  

Darrell has been involved with the Western Washington ASHI chapter for 18 years, serves on the board of directors, and is current chapter PR and Peer Review Chairman. Darrell is also Council of Representatives Group Leader---Pacific Region (ASHI's congress). 

ASHI Western Washington chapter just completed its annual community service project, inspecting in excess of 50 decks, for which Darrell was the local organizer. The members of the Western Washington chapter of ASHI are the most experienced home inspectors in the Puget Sound area. If Darrell is not available to do your inspection you are highly encouraged to choose from a list of the most experienced inspectors in our area by clicking 
For formal ongoing education Darrell attends the local quarterly ASHI weekend education seminars...and not just for the training (they sometimes have great food! *wink*), as well as periodic attendance at ASHI, Inter-NACHI, and CREIA national conventions and online education.  Several local plumbing, HVAC, and electrical associations also provide ongoing education seminars.

Many people ask, so to make it perfectly clear, there are no subordinates, and no employees. Darrell performs ALL home inspections personally.

Darrell has mentored and trained several new home inspectors, and is willing to help new inspectors with their state required 40 hours of supervised inspections and/or helping them to achieve the minimum 250 inspections for ASHI certification (ride-alongs) at a very reasonable cost (typically $1000 for the state sign-off). If you have passed your tests and are looking for state-required 40 hour supervision/mentoring feel free to call and let's chat. References are avaialble of course.

Service Area
Home inspection service area covers the entire Seattle, Washington area, with work focused within Seattle city limits, the eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Kenmore, Duvall, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Fall City, Sammamish, Issaquah, Bothell, Renton, Woodinville), and to the north (Everett, Lynnwood, Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Marysville, Shoreline, Lake Stevens, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Monroe, Arlington, and Snohomish).  This means all of King County, all of Snohomish County, as well as Skagit County and northern Pierce County.  From Tacoma to Mount Vernon, from West Seattle to North Bend, and everything in between.  Yes, that means all you secessionists in Ballard too. Sometimes, if the moon is just right, a ferry ride to Kitsap County may be in the cards too, just to mix it up a bit... 

Why We Do It
Darrell owns, manages, and has remodeled several rental houses and apartment buildings that he owns. As you can see, real estate, construction, and building inspections are not just a job, but a life long passion.

To quickly get a feel for the real quality of Darrell's inspections, read the true story of a recent visit to the photographer's house. Or, read what customers are saying about his work.

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If you're interested in finding out more about our services or want to schedule an inspection, email or call:

  (206) 226-3205 

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