To better understand the considerations for designing homes to withstand various stresses, such as live and dead loads, snow loads, and wind loads (especially in extreme weather conditions), read our new article: Structural Design Loads for the Home Inspector.
Ancient history holds much wisdom, even for inspectors trying to create new business. You may be surprised to discover that you needn’t look any further than your past clients. Read our new marketing article for inspectors: How to Quadruple Your Inspection Business in Two Years.
Home inspectors who inspect wood-frame construction can familiarize themselves with the design considerations used for creating such homes, especially with regard to live and dead loads, and how this common design handles wind stresses, in our new article: Structural Design Concepts for the Home Inspector.
Savvy home inspectors are always searching for ways to enhance their inspection reports–as well as the personalized home inspection experience–for their clients. Learn a simple tip that will have a ripple effect for your marketing in our new article: Three Photos Every Inspector Should Include at the End of the Report.
Although it’s common practice to use various building cavities within a house as supply- and return-air ducts, this can actually cause an HVAC system to work harder because these seemingly convenient locations are notoriously prone to leaks. Learn how this happens and what to advise your clients, especially those building new homes, in our new article: Building Cavities Used as Supply or Return Ducts.
Although inspecting household appliances falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, some state SOPs require it, and some InterNACHI members offer appliance inspection as a value-added aspect of their standard home inspections. Read about how a refrigerator operates, its different features, and how to inspect it: How to Inspect the Refrigerator.
InterNACHI has released a new course called “Home Inspection Business Course.” Read this article excerpted from the course that discusses the importance of creating a recognizable business identity that will help you stand out from the competition: Work on Branding Your Inspection Business.
Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Envenenamiento con Monóxido de Carbono y Cómo Detectarlo (Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors)January 3rd, 2014
For Spanish-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into Spanish and explains the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of properly inspecting CO detectors: Envenenamiento con Monóxido de Carbono y Cómo Detectarlo (Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors).
As a home inspector, the product of your efforts is your inspection report. You spend a lot of time creating a report that your client will find useful, accurate, and easy to understand. You also probably spend a lot of time perfecting its format so that you can be both efficient and professional. But what happens when parties other than your clients rely on your previous reports? What should you do to protect your reputation and your livelihood? Read about some of these concerns and a few simple solutions you can use to make sure you’re paid for your services while preserving your product in What Happens When Your Inspection Report Gets Recycled?
One of the most difficult but essential tasks that all home inspectors need to do is figure out how much to charge. There are several factors that go into this magic number, but the formula is much more down to earth. Read our new article on Pricing and Billing for Home Inspectors for some basic tips on figuring out how to make a sustainable living at what you do.
InterNACHI and BISCO are pleased to announce that Vanguard Emergency Management has signed a five-year contract with FEMA to train experienced professional inspectors as FEMA Disaster Inspectors and Area Managers. (BISCO is the Vanguard small-business partner responsible for hiring, deploying and managing inspectors.) InterNACHI Founder Nick Gromicko and BISCO CEO Marv Goldstein are asking InterNACHI inspectors to consider this new training and employment opportunity so they can help their fellow citizens in their greatest time of need. Find out more about it and download the Application-Questionnaire by reading FEMA Inspector and Area Manager Training for Disaster Deployment.
According to InterNACHI’s Residential SOP, inspectors are required to inspect the mechanical exhaust of clothes dryers. Homeowners can also benefit from knowing the requirements for a properly installed dryer exhaust, as well the hazards if it’s done wrong. Read our new article titled Inspecting the Dryer Exhaust.
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses the most common terms and concepts related to household electricity: Le Langage Électrique.
Although InterNACHI inspectors are not required by its Standards of Practice to measure either a roof’s slope or its pitch, it’s useful to understand the distinctions between the two in order to discuss them intelligently and describe them accurately. Understanding them can also help determine whether a roof has the proper roof-covering materials installed so that the roof sheds water properly. Clear up your own confusion by reading our new article: Measuring Roof Slope and Pitch.
Inspection article newly translated into French: Les Panneaux de Distribution Électrique (Electrical Service Panels)June 25th, 2013
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses tips for inspecting electrical service panels at residential properties: Les Panneaux de Distribution Électrique.