Centennial Home Inspection Services Inc. (CHI) is one of the oldest home inspection companies in the Puget Sound region. Bruce (MacK) MacKintosh established CHI in 1989 (the year of the state Centennial celebration - hence the name), combining his background in construction (e.g., the Kingdome, West Seattle Bridge, Ranier Tower, etc.) real estate brokerage and investment. To date Centennial has completed over 12,000 home inspections. MacK (Home Inspector license #201) has been a leader in the industry, twice serving as the president of the local home inspector's organization (ASHI), several terms as the ASHI delegate to the national association, and was a founding member of the Washington Home Inspector Legislative Advisory Group (WHILAG). On July 15, 2008 Governor Gregoire appointed MacK and six others to the Washington State Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board, the body that determines the rules, regulations, and Standards of Practice for the industry. At the first meeting of the Board on August 7th, MacK was unanimously elected Chair of this body. Governor Gregoire reappointed him to the Board in 2011 where he retains his chairmanship to this day. CHI is a family owned local business. His wife Joanne, a licensed engineer and also a past president of ASHI is also a licensed home inspector (#448), as is his son Cullen (#698). On the company web site there are photos of Cullen inspecting a crawl space at the age of five; he has as many years of experience in the field as men twice his age. Sort of.
CHI provides pre-purchase (for buyers), pre-listing (for sellers), pre-offer (for buyers in multiple offer situations), and peace-of-mind (for worried homeowners) inspections. A typical home inspection will run from two to eight or more man-hours (about 4 man-hours is typical), and there are usually two inspectors on site, cutting the inspection time in half.
Although they specialize in upper-end and new construction homes, CHI has inspected everything from dozer-bait cabins and houses for investors and flippers to homes of 23,000 square feet.
If you are buying a new home and question the necessity of a home inspection, please visit our web site.
We primarily serve the area from Renton to Monroe and Snoqualmie to West Seattle, but have by request of past clients inspected homes in Gig Harbor and Tacoma to the south, Bellingham and Ferndale to the north, as far east as Cresent Bar, and on many of the islands (Vashon, Bainbridge, Hat, Guemes, San Juan, etc.).
Dear MacK and Joanne,
We just wanted to say thank you so much for your help with our home inspection, we truly appreciate your hard work and we can’t express how much better we feel knowing that your were both on the Job and how you were so thorough and professional. We were amazed at the level of detail we received on the inspection report! Please feel free to use us as references; we will definitely be singing your praises to any future clients!
Adam and Kimberly
Hello! Just a quick note to thank you again for the thorough inspection you performed on my home. I really appreciated the time you took to answer my questions and instruct me in areas I will need to be attentive to when I move into the home. My family is very excited about our upcoming move into the home and look forward to many years of residency. You’ve helped to provide an extra sense of reassurance that the major purchase we’re making here is a good one!
Elise Kreinbring, new homeowner. 206-931-6601
Joanne – we had used five inspectors, including you, in our “history”. You are truly the best! Straightforward, no b.s., comprehensive, and with pictures!
Donna and Craig Caditz-Peck
Thanks for the excellent report. With good knowledge about the house, we were able to craft an offer that was accepted by the owner. It was a pleasure to work with you. Thanks again!
Edward and Patricia D’Alessandro
Personal: The MacKintoshes are often seen at some Scottish gathering or another (MacK and Cullen wear kilts every chance they get), and enjoy old fast American iron -especially C-1 and C-2 Corvettes, quilting, and boating in the San Juans. Their daughter, Erin Walker MacKintosh is in her first year of residency at Children's Hospital in Seattle and is married to Joe Walker, guitarist extraordinaire and sometimes IT guru.