Wouldn’t it be great if you had several clients all located in the same neighborhood? Read our new article that describes a marketing strategy that’s so simple, you’ll be smacking your forehead as you rush out to buy stamps: Marketing Tip for Inspectors: Hit Up the Neighbors with Your Annual Inspections.
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French, and explains the safe use and potential hazards involved with attic pull-down ladders: Echelles Escamotables de Grenier.
I thought this video might be interesting to y’all. Using a cheap flashlight, a new bulb, and some better batteries, this guy turns a $4 flashlight and $6 worth of parts into a $95 ultra-bright flashlight:
NACHI.TV has just released a new, online training episode titled: Structural Inspection of a House. It is an excellent 18-minute video produced especially for home inspectors.
- 42-minute online video;
- 80 photos, diagrams and custom graphics;
- 5 quizzes;
- a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
- instant grading;
- a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
- accreditations and state approvals.
The course covers the following categories:
- Decks and Similar Structures
- Decks Defined
- From the Ground Up
- Deck Load
- Footings and Posts
- Wood Decay
- Moisture and Wood Decay
- The Pick Test
- Support and Connections
- Girders and Beams
- Ledger Connections
- Framing Around
- Cantilevered Decks
- Connections and Fasteners
- Posts and Rails
- Guardrails and Supports
- Board placement and Support
- Stringers, Risers and Treads
- Electrical Receptacles
- Receptacle Requirements
- Weatherproof Receptacles
- Other Considerations
- Location and Egress
(NACHI.TV subscribers only)
The WebMD article deals with home winterization. Read the entire article here: http://women.webmd.com/home-health-and-safety-9/winterize-your-home-10-tips
Typical wood-frame homes may be less expensive and quicker to construct compared to other types, but their ability to withstand environmental threats can pale in comparison to homes that are constructed using insulated concrete forms for their structural components. Read about the pros and cons of using these two standard construction methods, and why ICFs may come out on top, in Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls.
Most modern fireplaces in homes today are based on an 18th-century innovation. Click on “Factory-Built Fireplaces” and learn about the differences and similarities they share with traditional masonry fireplaces.
When a home is sold, there are variety of miscellaneous fees that must be paid, usually by both the buyer and the seller. It’s easy to underestimate just how many of these fees there are, from title insurance and inspection to prepaid interest and recording fees. There isn’t too much you can do about them, but we offer a few tips, as well as an in-depth explanation of standard fees in our new article on closing costs.
Fire safety in the home can be achieved with some common-sense steps. You can also ask your local fire department, as well as your InterNACHI home inspector, to help you discover ways to defend against this threat. Read about Fire Safety for the Home now.
At InterNACHI, we strive to provide the best in customer service, education, and member services, and IT’S PAYING OFF!
InterNACHI is winner of a Gold Star Certificate from the BBB Denver/Boulder, 2009 for having NO COMPLAINTS for a three-year period!
Read more about the BBB’s Gold Star Certification here.
Inspectors provide a service, but their product is their report. How good is yours? The best reports are simple but packed with information. Read “Inspection Reports: Engage Your Five Senses” to find out how to use observational details in your reports.
Should inspectors write their report observations in the past tense?
I say, “Yes.” It may help reduce your liability.
Isn’t the report a document stating the condition of the property at the time of the inspection? Yes. Then why use the present tense?
When writing up your inspection reports, many inspectors are divided between using past or present tense, but Nick and Ben discuss why it’s legally better to stick to past tense. Read “Inspection Reports: Past or Present Tense?”
Home inspectors can maintain better control over their jobs and manage their clients’ expectations by understanding and clearly communicating the limits of a general home inspection. Read our new article: “The Limitations of a General Home Inspection.”