Inspector Bio

About Dylan Chalk

Home inspector Dylan Chalk first learned to build by restoring antique wood boats in his home town of Mystic, Connecticut. This summer carpentry and painting work eventually led to home construction skills that he honed throughout high school and college. At a young age he saw a wide array of construction practices, materials and designs; working on everything from colonial and Victorian homes in New England to “blow-and-go” tract housing in the Colorado suburbs. (We all have to make a living somehow)

He graduated from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he designed his own interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major. After college he worked for a number of different contractors in many phases of construction and building and then started a small painting and contracting company in Boulder, Colorado. After successfully selling this company he followed his wife to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1990’s where Dylan took up all manner of construction jobs to broaden his knowledge and experience. Projects included: a remodel that was featured in Fine Homebuilding, working on several large custom timber fame homes, construction of a sculpture studio, exterior deck and stair construction, bathroom remodels, attic and basement conversions.

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Dylan began inspecting homes under the tutelage of his mentor and fellow home inspector Raj Hayden of Cardinal Home Inspections. He has attended Inspection Training Associates’ (ITA’s) intensive inspection training and was educationally certified by ITA. He is currently servicing as president of The American Society of Home Inspectors Washington Chapter (ASHI Washington) and he has performed over 6000 fee-paid structural home inspections. Dylan is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspectors #365, Structural Pest Inspector #65540 (SPI), owner of the HouseTalk real estate school, and co-founder of ScribeWare software. He is also the author of The Confident House Hunter and he is a Washington State Certified Real Estate Instructor, an Energy Star Verifier, and a certified Tune-Up energy audit inspector. He also teaches at the Bellingham Technical College program for new home inspectors and he continues to look for ways to improve and better the home inspection industry. 

When not inspecting homes Dylan enjoys playing guitar, reading and writing, skiing, biking, camping and hiking, giant tuna fishing, traveling and working on his own home. He is currently researching ways to better implement energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices into his home inspection and consulting business.



A full member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI #243727)


A Washington State Licensed Home Inspector # 365

A Washington State Licensed Structural Pest Inspector # 65540


Educationally certified by Inspection Training Associates

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Energy Star certified home performance tester


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Dylan Chalks New Book

The Confident House Hunter: A Home Inspector's Tips for Finding Your Perfect House

With a zillion houses out there, home inspector Dylan Chalk will help you find your perfect home in the midst of imperfection. Chalk weaves over a decade of home inspection experience into stories and tips with helpful pictures, teaching homebuyers and real estate professionals how to look at and understand houses like a pro.

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