By Giovanna Marcus
Patients often come to Capitol Chiropractic for the first time in pain and full of questions. They wonder if they will ever heal and be able to return to the activities that they love, or even, in some cases, their job. For many, their health issues have begun to interfere with their normal lifestyle, energy levels, and freedom they once had.
“Patients want to know if we have seen anyone with problems like theirs, and we’re able to tell them. Yes, we are able to help people with conditions like theirs,” says founder, Dr. Don Lathrop.
The eight practitioners are experts in their given field of chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture care. They all share the understanding that the state of optimal well being is a balance between their physical, mental and spiritual health.
Capitol Chiropractic’s group of practitioners also share the goal of creating the correct alignment between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. When a person’s spine is in proper alignment, the nervous system has the capacity to function at its optimum level and increases overall wellbeing.
Capitol Chiropractic, founded in 1990, is a place where the inter-disciplinary approach is highly valued. “There is more than one way to treat a condition and having multiple therapies is sometimes necessary to resolve certain conditions,” says Dr. Lathrop.
His vision was to create a network of providers who get to the root cause of their patient’s pain or problem. “We ask what they want to be able to do that they can’t do right now and we make that our goal,” he says.
What makes Capitol Chiropractic stand out is a true collaborative spirit. At their office a chiropractor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist often work together to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan for a shared patient. A pain in the shoulder can start in the neck, low back, or even the feet. One or all therapies may help in resolving the pain.
Patients today have good questions and are very informed. They are also looking for solutions without drugs. Dr.Lathrop and his team attend seminars regularly to stay apprised of new ideas and to improve upon their experience in their specific field. Their continuing trainings include injury prevention, extremity care, manual therapies, stretching and exercise protocols, nutrition, Bio-Cranial, Kinesio Taping, Sports Medicine, Traction, and Decompression.
Additionally, Dr. Lathrop and his team are passionate about nutrition and overall self-care. Inflammation is a common cause of patient issues, and this often starts with what the patients put in their bodies.
Many patients’ problems can be traced back to diet or chemicals in the home. The team sees firsthand how the negative effects of chemical and environmental toxins create a cascade of ill health.
“Corn and oats inflame cows’ stomachs, causing their milk and the beef to contain inflamed properties, so when we turn around and eat it, we can become inflamed ourselves. Cows naturally feed on grass, so it’s critical that the products we purchase from cows should be non GMO and grass fed,” says Dr. Lathrop.
As for the employees who make Capitol Chiropractic so special, theirs is an assemblage of committed practitioners who have dedicated their lives to help others enjoy life again. Each practitioner at Capitol Chiropractic has a unique gift that they bring to their patients.
Julia Lea, massage practitioner, practices Zen Bodywork, a form based off the teachings of Ida Rolf. Julia integrates her energy work into her treatment sessions which enhances the outcome of her care. Julia’s grounded demeanor comes from her commitment to spirituality and meditation, a practice that she integrates into her massages.
During a visit with Patricia Winters, LMP, she comments that my muscles feel dehydrated, and explains how that causes other problems that we don’t normally identify with. Patricia’s massages help the body move away from pain.
Laura Johnson-Sweeney, LMP, has been doing massages for twelve plus years. Laura’s goal is treating people who have been injured in an accident, to reach pre-injury health and educate them on the long term benefits of preventive care.
Lyndsie Holmes, LMP, is passionate about assisting athletes in balancing overdeveloped and underdeveloped muscles. Her goal is to keep the athlete in their game, having good recovery so they can train and compete with minimal down time.
Suzie Sund, LMP, is trained in Zen Bodywork, a whole body treatment. She also has a specific niche working in collaboration with her clients’ dentists and orthodontists treating those who have TMJ and symptoms such as facial pain, headache, jaw pain, dizziness, ringing in the ear, and neck pain. Utilizing her experience with trigger point therapy, Suzie sees dramatic long term benefits using Zen Bodywork.
Danette Bakewell, LMP, enjoys helping resolve issues with her deep tissue massage. Danette is skilled in injury cases, understanding that after an accident injuries are often slow to appear and can take weeks to make themselves known. With massage, the body relaxes so the issues can be resolved.
Judy Bernard, EAMP, L.Ac, has a healing technique that extends beyond acupuncture, incorporating sound healing with gongs and Acutonics® tuning forks to raise her patient’s natural vibrational frequencies. The tuning forks are applied to acupuncture points, creating flow within the body and removing stagnation. Her treatments balance the person, reduce pain, and reconnect people with themselves.
Judy first came to acupuncture for her own symptoms of severe sinus headaches that were not alleviated by her medical doctor. She also recommends Acupuncture/ Acutonics® treatments for a variety of issues including the flu, digestive issues, menopause symptoms and body pain.
The team of providers have the philosophy that the body was designed to heal, especially if we listen to the clues it sends us. They believe and know that most people will get better because they see that happen every day.
To make an appointment with Capitol Chiropractic’s team, call (360) 352-2488. The office is conveniently located at 1728 State Ave NE in Olympia. You can also visit them on the web at http://www.lathropdc.com.
By Grant Clark
It’s the season opener for the Pints and Quarts Co-Ed Softball League and Mark Rubadue is running late.
Rubadue isn’t significantly tardy, but he knows getting there by the end of the first inning is out of the question.
He quickly turns to technology in an attempt to track down a score update. A short text goes out to Sean Finney, the Park and Rec’s Sports/Fitness Recreation Supervisor, asking how his team is faring.
Finney, who is at the RAC watching the game, immediately fires back a reply. It is not the message Rubadue was anticipating.
“All Sean’s text said was, ‘Your team is horrible,’” Rubadue stated.
Looking for a little less vagueness, Rubadue presses for details. Finney’s second text proceeded to give his initial response plenty of weight.
“His second text says we are down 12-0 in the first inning,” Rubadue said with a chuckle. “His first text was pretty accurate, I guess.”
This year marked the first time Rubadue and his team, which includes wife Noel and a group of long-time friends, turned out for co-ed softball.
The team’s core had played soccer together in co-ed rec leagues since the early 1990s when they were all in their early 20s. And they were good.
“They were always one of the top soccer teams,” Finney remembers. “They finished either first or second, it seems, every year they played together.”
Softball, however, is apparently a different type of beast. The team spent the last two decades mastering a sport that does not allow a participant the use of their hands and now find themselves in the middle of something that centers around the simple aspects of throwing a ball and swinging a bat.
“We just thought we would give softball a try this year,” said Rubadue, a health and fitness teacher at Timberline High School. “I think there were only four of us on the team who had played baseball or fastpitch before.”
Rubadue was one of the few who did have a past on the baseball diamond, and it was a successful one.
During his senior year of high school, Rubadue helped North Thurston’s baseball team finish fourth in state in 1990. He went on to play at Centralia College before moving on to the coaching side of the sport, first severing as an assistant with the Rams and later becoming Timberline’s head coach.
Rubadue coached the Blazers from 2004 to 2010 and began his second stint as the team’s coach this past season. The program has enjoyed some of its biggest success under Rubadue’s watch, including a fourth-place finish in state in 2009.
So, directing a group of close friends to a couple of softball triumphs shouldn’t be too tasking. After all, how different can softball be from soccer?
“I think when we showed up with our soccer cheats and bright clothes, people were wondering, ‘Who are these guys?’” Rubadue said. “We’re playing against some teams that take this really serious. They are all decked out in uniforms and have roller bags for their bats. We had to ask around to get a couple extra gloves. We had to borrow some bats.”
The team, saddled with the name Can’t Catch a Cold, lived up to its self-applied handle by finishing the regular season with a record of 0-11-1.
“We were able to get that one tie in,” Rubadue said. “We are celebrating if we made it to the seventh inning because we usually don’t make it out of the fifth. We get 10-runned.”
In addition to Rubadue and his wife, the team consists of Gordon Bragazzi, Shanna Labranch, Carmen Luce, Travis Sugarman, Lance and Shannon Yount, Tony and Kim Doughty, Tory and Sherry Larson and Cory and Jen Redman.
“The funny thing is we are all really pretty athletic,” Rubadue said. “We just can’t play softball together. We are all competitive, but playing is more about being together on a Friday night as a group of friends. I don’t think anyone pays too much attention to the record. I think we would if we weren’t such close friends.”
Lacey Parks and Rec offers a variety of softball leagues throughout the year, featuring a large range of talent levels.
“Active is active,” Rubadue said. “I don’t care what you are doing, as long as you’re being active because if you’re not there will come a time were you wish you had been. This allows a great group of friends the opportunity to be active together. Plus, those of us who have kids, they are out playing at the RAC when we have games. I know with my kids that, if they could, they would sit in front of the computer all day. I think it’s a positive for them to see their parents be active.”
Rubadue doesn’t anticipate the group’s activity level to decrease any. It just may surface next fall in a different pursuit.
“Right after that first game ended, we were all in the dugout and Kim said, “Let’s think about doing bowling next year instead of this,’” Rubadue said. “So, I think we are going to give that a try instead of softball.”
Hey, active is active.
The sports culture is strong in Grays Harbor. We love Seahawks, Friday night football, spring baseball, and community soccer teams. Eleven-year-old twins Isaac and Isaiah Pierce fall into that pattern and are incredibly talented baseball players. Upon tryouts in Tacoma, these boys were selected by the Northwest Elite Baseball Organization as two of thirteen players chosen from Washington State to participate in their national program for elite players. The honor was great and the boys were thrilled to represent their community.
Unfortunately, as deadlines drew near, the boys were short the funding needed despite efforts to raise money for the trip. Seeing the importance of the opportunity, the East Grays Harbor County Rotary Club stepped in to make up the difference, paving the way to an amazing summer experience in Wisconsin. Isaac and Isaiah won some and lost some, but ultimately the experience and the lessons in teamwork were what made the trip so worth it.
Impacts like these are what the Rotary Club thrives on and it is only with continued support that they are able to make them. But the members want fundraising to be fun for everyone, which is why they are hosting their 7th annual Hoptoberfest at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino on October 10. The original intent behind the event was to create a fundraiser people would enjoy and that would also benefit students in East Grays Harbor. This fundraiser idea sprouted wings and a scholarship fund was started which is now completely funded by Hoptoberfest.
To date, the event has helped to academically sponsor 20 kids – about three a year. These kids are not evaluated solely by their academic achievement, but rather on their willingness to give back to their community. Donna Rosi, Hoptoberfest’s event coordinator, explains, “We are willing to fund higher education, even if it’s only to a trade school. We want to fund kids interested in returning to the community and investing in it.”
Not only does the fundraiser promote education, the dollars earned also go toward community programs like Shop-With-A-Cop that help provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids in East Grays Harbor County. The Children’s Advocacy Center, United Way, the Backpack Program, and kids like Isaac and Isaiah all benefit from this annual event.
This year, the Hoptoberfest is boasting over 30 different microbrews from well-known breweries like Dick’s Brewing Co, Iron Horse Brewery, Astoria Brewing Co, Red Hook Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing, just to name a few. Upon arriving, every guest will receive a ballot. By doing various tastings, they can then vote for their favorite beer. The People’s Choice last year was a stout brewed by Iron Horse. They will be defending that vote again this year, but with increased competition. A few of these breweries, like Dick’s Brewing Co, have been helping out with the Hoptoberfest from the beginning. “Dick’s Brewery has been a part of the event from the beginning,” says Donna. “They are great people and have been such a huge help.”
The guest host for the 2015 Hoptoberfest is pretty retro. His name is Erik Estrada, but you probably know him better by his role as Frank “Ponch” Poncharello on the popular 70s television show, Chips. Also on the stage will be local stars like Ericka Corban, Driftin’ Harbor Rats, Electric Eye with Phil Luce, and others. The silent auction will also have some great items to show off including sports equipment, beer paraphernalia, and Seahawks tickets.
It’s not often the desire to have a rip-roarin’ time and the desire to serve the community collide in a common event, but the Rotary Club has managed it. Grab a beer, take a selfie with Erik Estrada, and listen to some great local music from afternoon to evening. The venue for the Hoptoberfest event is the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. So if you get bored (not likely), need a place to stay, or just a moment to escape the noise, you will have plenty of space to explore, relax, and have a great time.
Admission is $10 and includes a souvenir mug, and a starter drink scrip. Hoptoberfest will be held at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino on October 10, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Photos by Shanna Paxton Photography
Downtown Olympia merchants opened their doors to artists during the 2015 Fall Arts Walk. Performers took to the streets to entertain visitors on a crisp fall weekend. For a complete story about what to expect when visiting downtown Olympia for Fall Arts Walk, click here.
Cassie Thornton is a social practice/interdisciplinary artist. She's interested in debt and privacy, and in industries that promote individual liability, deny trust and interdependence.Her work investigates and reveals the impact of governmental and economic systems on public affect, behavior and unconscious.
Her website ("a wild place with a boring facade") has brief descriptions of lots of her recent work - visualizing debt, using sound to express and manipulate debt, dramatizing the dirt that still lingers in clean bank lobbies, repurposing an old activist video to critique education as an instrument of social control and subordination through student debt, and so on....Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by the Capital City Marathon
Olympian Jeff Galloway will visit the South Sound in May to help the Capital City Marathon celebrate its 35th year.
“We are proud to be the area’s oldest marathon and can’t think of a better way to celebrate 35 years than by inviting Jeff Galloway to meet our amazing community of runners,” said CCM Race Director Nona Snell. “He is not only a phenomenal athlete, he has also made distance running a reality for so many people who didn’t think they were capable of completing marathons.” Galloway is the inventor of the popular, and effective, Galloway Run Walk Run Method and motivational speaker.
Details of Galloway’s visit to the Capital City Marathon events will be announced as they become available, but a free running clinic with Galloway will be included in race registration this year.
Registration for the May 15, 2016, marathon, half-marathon and 5-mile opens October 1. Between October 1 and 5, the Capital City Marathon Association will offer early registrants a discount.
The 1.2-mile kids’ run is set for the afternoon of Saturday, May 14. It will be free again this year and is open to kids in the 8th grade or younger.
Beginning on Oct. 1, runners can register for any of the events online at http://capitalcitymarathon.org/registration.html
For more information contact Nona Snell at 360.561.7874.
Submitted by Harlequin Productions
The latest show to hit the stage at Harlequin Productions is Recent Tragic Events, a comedy by Craig Wright, the Emmy-winning writer of such TV shows as Six Feet Under and Lost. I sat down with Scot Whitney, the show’s director and Harlequin’s Managing Artistic Director, to discuss what goes into directing a play that features a sock puppet and is set on a blind date…on the day after 9/11.
So, this is a comedy taking place the day after 9/11?
Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but Recent Tragic Events does manage to examine the event and how it affected everyone in the world, but especially in this country, from within the trappings of a comedy. The event itself is treated with profound respect, but people didn’t stop behaving in ridiculous ways as a result. They have never stopped being ridiculous, and I don’t expect that they ever will. It’s in our nature, don’t you think?
What about this story makes it worth telling 14 years later?
I first found this play in 2005. I loved it the first time I read it but thought it was probably too late to produce it. It had premiered in 2002 and ran in New York in 2003. I was afraid it might have lost its relevance by 2005. But I’ve re-read the play every year since while trying to put together the new season, and last January it dawned on me that we, as Americans, are still suffering the traumatic effects of those events 14 years later. This play provides an empowering perspective that serves as a kind of healing balm. I think that audiences are going to love it. In fact, we held a free, open-to-the-public first read through of the play several weeks ago. We had strong attendance, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone was a bit blown away by what they experienced. How could a comedy about a blind date the day after 9/11 ever get us to the place we land? Answer: A brilliant idea, fantastic writing and a great cast.
With just 5 actors in this show, what’s it like to have such a small cast?
Smaller casts generally have many advantages. It’s easier to find four or five great actors who are all available at the same time than to find 18 or 25. Scripts with small casts also tend to be less complex, so you’re able to focus more on details, which I enjoy. It becomes a more intimate process.
This particular show turned out to be a wonderfully breezy experience but not just because of the small cast. Stick one bad attitude into even a two-person show, and the whole thing becomes miserable for everyone. This cast turned out to be as close as I can imagine to perfect. Everyone understands the play, their character, and their position in the story. They all love the play and have brought a huge amount of excitement and commitment to the project. And they’re all sweethearts! Rehearsing was like playing games in a friend’s living room.
There is a saying that 90% of the director’s job is casting, and believe me it’s true. In this case, however, it was more like 99%.
What’s it like to direct a sock puppet?
Not much different from directing an actor, if it’s cast right. We chose blue, which I think was a good choice. The hair was a bit difficult to control at first, but so are big egos, so they kind of cancel each other out.
What is most exciting for you about this directing project?
Recent Tragic Events runs October 1-24 at Harlequin Productions. Tickets and more info available at 360-786-0151 or at harlequinproductions.org.
Submitted by The Gift Gallery LLC
Fall – one of the most beautiful seasons here in Washington. Although most of us can agree, every season is beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. With fall brings the leaves changing color, cool crisp mornings with the fog rolling in, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween and of course, holiday shopping.
What is one of our favorite things about the holidays? Food! The Gift Gallery in Tumwater starts the season off with food tastings.
Once a month from September through April, we feature a sampling of food from our specialty food section. We have soups from Thorpe, mustards from Pasco, Washington raw honey, dips from Colorado, pepper jellies from Oregon and Chehalis mints. We also have Ravensbrew coffee, a variety of tea and more!
To keep informed on when our food tastings are, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, bookmark our website or, send us your email to receive our monthly newsletter. Our next tasting will be in October. Our local appraiser and gemologist Randy Caverly will also be here on the same day as our food tastings to give free jewelry appraisals.
October Special: $5.00 coupons all month long!
The Gift Gallery would like to welcome 6 new vendors to our store: Pete Whiting & Alan Gruse with Pappycraft rustic wood décor; Gail Yenne with her rustic art; Corrine LaVasseur with Knotty Girl Crochet and paintings; Day Jackson with his handcrafted wooden boxes, chess & cribbage boards and more; Kristen Burton with her re-purposed yard art, jewelry and antiques; and Tammy Repine with her home décor including wreaths and wooden signs.
We have about 40 talented local vendors with a wonderful variety of items. Everyone loves a handmade gift, so remember The Gift Gallery for all your holiday shopping. It may not be handmade by you, but you can tell them it was handmade right here in Tumwater, Washington!
The Internet has created new ways of reaching an audience, making story-writing more complex and challenging than ever. Has the nature of story changed? How can a writer be read? Writer/editor Tom Maddox, former Director of Writing at The Evergreen State College, will help aspiring writers answer these questions. This event is part of Timberland Reads Together - a one book, one community reading program.
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Students at The Evergreen State College were treated to an all-campus clam bake welcoming George Bridges, on his first day as Evergreen’s new president.
Bridges, accompanied here by Evergreen Shellfish Club member Emily Dunn-Wilder, meets a geoduck, which is Evergreen’s mascot.
Submitted by The Thurston County Food Bank
Monday morning First Lady Trudi Inslee engaged one hundred plus Meadow Elementary 1st and 2nd graders in a food literacy story time. Washington’s First Lady read two books about the joys of growing, eating and sharing healthy food. She also talked to the students about the importance of reading. After story time the students received a healthy and delicious snack of fresh tomatoes, zucchini, spinach and grapes.
“We know that reading is essential for school success, but so is healthy eating,” says Reading Foundation Director Jennifer Forster. “Healthy foods build strong brains and bodies and make it possible to read and learn.”
“If kids come to school with healthy food in their tummies, they can and do learn. We want that for all of our children,” says Michaela Winkley, School Gardens Program Manager for the Thurston County Food Bank.
September is Food Literacy Month in Washington. To continue building awareness about food literacy, the Thurston County Food Bank, Readers to Eaters and the South Sound Reading Foundation are partnering to provide a collection of children’s food literacy books to area elementary schools and public libraries. Once funds have been secured, all elementary schools and public libraries in the North Thurston, Olympia and Tumwater will receive a beautiful collection of food literacy books for children.
The following donors have generously given to support this effort:
The partnering agencies would like to encourage health care providers and other community members to contribute to this effort so that every library and elementary school in our area can receive a book collection.
The Food Bank is passionate about providing those in need with healthier food choices and educating families about ways to bring more nutritious food into their homes. They have several nutrition-focused programs, such as SNAP-Ed and our school gardens program, that target youth to address the adverse affects of hunger and poor nutrition.
The South Sound Reading Foundation is a natural partner for this mission. Focused on promoting literacy and reading, the Reading Foundation has made a tremendous impact on youth and education in Thurston County. The Foundation leads reading and literacy based activities and volunteer programs.
For more information visit: http://thurstoncountyfoodbank.org/, https://readingfoundation.org/south-sound-chapter/ and www.readerstoeaters.com/.
Olympia Genealogical Society members will help workshop participants gain the skills they need to begin their family history research. Participants should check in at 9 a.m., before the library opens, at the 9th and Adams Exit Only doors to the library in the SE corner of the parking lot. Registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Register online, in person, or by phone at 360-352-0595 beginning Tuesday, October 13.
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Come and celebrate the start of the first ever Olympia Zine Fest, an event centered on small scale, alternative, do-it-yourself print media! The panel will include V. Vale of RE/Search Publications, Author and Maximum Rock'n'roll contributor Imogen Binnie, Queer Zine Archive Project founder Milo Miller, and facilitator Joaquin de la Puente. This event will occur after regular library hours and no other library services will be available.Google Plus One Facebook Like
I like to try before I buy as much as I can. Yes, I love shopping online and for a lot of things (lunch boxes, curtain rods, copy paper) purchasing sight unseen works just fine. For others, I like to see the product in person first – to feel the sheets, try on the shoes, fire up the lawn mower, test drive the car.
When purchasing services, though, you can’t really “try before you buy.” It’s in these situations we rely on trusted sources for recommendations and advice.
A home is likely the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. Yet you can’t book an overnight stay in the home before you buy it, no matter how cool that sounds. But, you can get pretty close. Your home inspection allows you several hours to poke through all the nooks and crannies, open the drawers, and try the faucets in your soon-to-be new home. It also gives you a comprehensive picture of the home’s condition and any potential problems. This critical process should be led by an honest, straight-forward professional. But how do you know who to hire?
Well, I actually did get to “try before I buy” with Boggs Inspection Services. I shadowed an inspector, buyer Julia Lovelace-Johnson and agent Kimberly Rucker during the entire process. My conclusion? Boggs’ inspector Tom Hitchman is not only a great guy to spend a few hours with, but he knows what he’s doing and makes sure you know, too.
The inspection started with a meet and greet in the sunny front yard. Tom reviewed the inspection process and asked Julia if she had any initial questions or concerns. More than anything, I noted Tom’s calm, competent demeanor and clear explanations of the inspection process. This set the tone for the entire day and Julia was put visibly at ease.
I opted to follow Tom around the outside of the home, his first action item, while Julia and Kimberly headed inside to take another tour of the home. As we walked, Tom explained, “The main thrust of the inspection is to educate the buyer on the home and any issues, or potential issues, it has.” The scope of the inspection includes the outside, inside and all systems in the home. “The nature of a home inspection is visual, not invasive,” Tom notes. This means he will, to the best of his ability, check all areas and components, but will not open walls, pull out appliances, or move furniture.
As we walked around, Tom checked for the presence of dry rot, inspected windows, examined siding, caulking, gutters and drainage. He surveyed concrete areas and tested external doors and electrical. He took notes as he went, ensuring nothing was missed. “The main things we look for on the exterior are issues with siding,” Tom noted. “In the Northwest, we have lots of issues with decay due to moisture.”
Tom noted only minor maintenance issues for the buyer, but no major concerns. An inspection of the roof is included in each Boggs Inspection Services report. However, this home’s roof pitch was so steep, a careful visual inspection with binoculars was substituted.
After donning clean booties over his shoes, Tom made his way inside and reviewed the exterior inspection with Julia. After answering questions, Tom explained the comprehensive inspection packet included with each Boggs inspection. “We review the warranties and extras that come standard with our inspections,” he explained. And the extras are many, making a Boggs inspection a high value for your dollar.
While Julia and Tom discussed the packet, I chatted with Kimberly Rucker, a 24-year veteran realtor with Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services on Martin Way. “I work with Boggs Inspection Services a lot and I’ve known Tom for a long time,” she shared. “The guys are good with people, have a great rapport with my clients, and really explain things well, especially to first time buyers who are new to the process.”
Before transitioning to the interior inspection, Tom pulled out his laptop and logged the items he and Julia had discussed from the exterior. By recording findings directly, Boggs inspectors make sure nothing gets missed. “We like to document as we go to ensure accuracy and get the best level of detail in our reports,” explained Tom.
Next up was the garage. Tom inspected the electrical panel, removing the entire face and checking each breaker, noting details as small as the variety of brand names on several breakers. His careful explanations to Julia ensured she was part of the process yet not overwhelmed by information. After thorough exams of the HVAC system and hot water heater, all while noting his findings electronically on a tablet, Tom lead Julia into the home for a room by room walk-though.
In each room, windows and doors were checked. Faucets and drains were reviewed. Drywall cracks were noted and outlets were checked for proper amperage. Through it all, Tom chatted with Julia and Kimberly, keeping the entire inspection personal and comfortable. We all cheered when storage was found under window seat cushions and we all attempted to latch a faulty bathroom door (without success).
It was a team effort, but Tom was definitely our captain.
If we stick with the “try before you buy” metaphor, I feel confident saying the Boggs Inspection Services “shoe” fit for me. It was comfortable, fun (yes…I promise it was!), professional, and achieved exactly what it promised: a comprehensive home overview from top to bottom ensuring you know exactly what you are buying. And if the shoe fits…well, you know the rest.
To schedule an inspection, call 360-480-9602 or visit the Boggs Inspection Services website.
Hello, Olympia! It’s October. It’s fall. It’s the season for outdoor sports and fingers crossed that you don’t get rained on. (We’ve had a perfect record for sunny soccer game days, so far.) And now that the calendar has flipped over to October, we can also say it’s time for pumpkins. Check out our great list of local pumpkin patches and watch ThurstonTalk.com for more fall activities stories.
Here’s what is going on around town this weekend.
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