Limiting the amount of damage caused by intense winds should be the concern of everyone, and especially those who live in states vulnerable to hurricanes. With hurricanes costing the country many billions of dollars every year and the skyrocketing insurance premiums bearing down on homeowners, wind mitigation is more important than ever. In Florida, there’s actually a law mandating credits for homeowners who use certain wind mitigation techniques to enhance their homes. These techniques help everyone, from private insurers to the federal government and taxpayers. Homeowners may want to familiarize themselves with these strategies so they are prepared for the next windstorm, as should inspectors, who are relied upon for their sound judgment and expertise. Check out our new article on the subject of wind mitigation to find out more.
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) recently adopted a newly revised Standards of Practice for Texas Home Inspectors to follow. Numerous significant changes were implemented that will affect how Texas HI’s perform inspections. All Texas inspectors are encourage to download the new SOP from the TREC website, from John Cahill’s website or several other sources. Additionally, here is a short presentation for inspectors or Realtors that describes the highlights and significant changes to the SOP. This “New SOP.pdf file” can be used to brief small audiences on the new SOP.