Meet Raj Hayden

Founder and Owner, Cardinal Home Inspection

Raj Hayden

After a decade in commercial construction, Raj Hayden began her career as a home inspector, the first woman in the Puget Sound region to enter the industry. She founded Cardinal Home Inspection in 1990 and remains actively engaged in her field.

Not only is Raj committed to providing her clients with inspections that are accurate, thorough and professional, she’s an invaluable resource for those who want a deeper understanding of a home’s structure and systems before they buy.

Professional credentials


  • Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #403
  • Washington State Pest Control Consultant #44091


  • Western Washington ASHI, Board of Directors
  • Western Washington ASHI, Chair, Education Committee
  • International Code Council, 1997–2008
    The first home inspector with these credentials:

    • Building Inspector
    • Mechanical Inspector
    • Plumbing Inspector
    • Electrical Inspector
    • Combination Inspector
  • Washington State Real Estate Instructor, 1996–2005
  • Washington State Pest Control Association, Board of Directors, ASHI Liaison
  • Master Home Environmentalist, Metro, Seattle