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With Pacific Northwest Building Inspections, Burien building inspections can often be scheduled within 24 hours. By the end of the inspection, a comprehensive electronic report, with supporting documentation and digital pictures, is available for your immediate review. Call 206-782-8969 today to schedule your inspection today.

Burien Residential Inspections

Thinking of selling? Schedule a Burien pre-listing Inspection to uncover items that are sure to come up in a buyer’s inspection. Maintain the integrity of your home and eliminate costly bargaining chips that decrease the sale price of your real estate transaction.

About to buy? From new construction to properties on the National Historic Registry, any home you consider purchasing requires a thorough inspection. Schedule a Burien pre-purchase inspection to help you find any potential items that may factor into your buying decision, give you leverage in renegotiating the sale price, or allow you to request repairs before closing.

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Burien Commercial Inspections

Commercial property typically involves a significant investment. Every building, whether an apartment building, storage facility, or grocery store, needs to be completely inspected prior to purchase in order to properly protect that investment.

A key part of Burien commercial inspections is infrared thermography. An infrared inspection of electrical panels and machinery helps identify areas that consume higher amounts of energy than necessary. Infrared thermography can also identity potential water leaks in the overall structure of the building.

Request infrared thermography with your inspection before you close the sale to find any issues that may cost hundreds of thousands to repair later.

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Burien Infrared Thermographic Inspections

Pacific Northwest Building Inspections considers an infrared camera to be one of the most important tools in a Burien home inspector’s tool bag. A scientific process that essentially measures thermal or infrared energy, infrared thermography can detect insulation, air leakage, water, electrical, heating, and cooling problems.

Without any disruptive – or destructive – exploration, Pacific Northwest Building Inspections can discover water leaks around windows, doors, interior and exterior walls, roofs, and water pipes. Wall insulation and the heating and cooling efficiency of windows and doors can also be assessed by using an infrared camera.

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Some Facts About Burien, Washington

Burien's downtown area is currently undergoing several renovations scheduled for completion in 2009. These renovations include an entire rebuild of a stretch of 1st Avenue South pavement from 160th St to 148th st. In addition, a new towncenter is under construction that will include 70,000 square feet (7,000 m2) of retail space, more than 400 condominiums with a plaza/park area in the middle plus underground parking, and a new Burien branch of the King County Library System (KCLS).

The city is served by the Highline Times (est.1945), a community weekly newspaper owned by Robinson Newspapers. It is a subscriber-based publication with limited free distribution.

Burien's History

European settlement in the Burien area dates to 1870, when Mike Kelly walked up a hill from the Seattle, South Seattle area. When he emerged from the trees he said, "This is truly a sunny dale." Still today, the Burien area is called Sunnydale. He claimed a 160-acre (0.6 km2) plot of land and built a house and a farm.

Ten years later, Gottlieb Von Boorian, a German immigrant, arrived in Sunnydale. At this point, the community was only trails and small houses. There were no roads or non-residential buildings. Von Boorian built a cabin on the southeast corner of Lake Burien and also was said to have formed the community into a town bearing his name. (It has been misspelled over the years.) A real estate office was built and soon more people began pouring in to Burien.

In the early 1900s, people of Seattle came by the Mosquito Fleet to Three Tree Point, just west of town to sunbathe and swim.

In 1915, the Burien railroad was completed. It ran on what is today Ambaum Boulevard from Burien to White Center to Seattle. A small passenger train ran the tracks and was affectionately named by the residents, The Toonerville Trolley. However in the summer, squished caterpillars made the track slippery, and in the winter, the tracks iced over. Soon the Toonerville Trolley was more of a nuisance than anything and it was removed.

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