Different climates and even different jurisdictions have their own rules when it comes to residential guttering systems. Home inspectors should be aware of the requirements for their particular service area, and be prepared to inform their clients of the potential problems that an inadequate, damaged or neglected system can cause by reading Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts.
What happens when some provision of a professional code of ethics collides with another provision of a different profession’s code of ethics? How about with the law itself? Find out about some of the far-reaching ramifications by reading Home Inspector Ethics: Why Not Pay to Be on Brokers’ Lists?
Inspecting pools and spas falls outside the scope of a general home inspection. But as more homeowners in warmer climates and in upscale neighborhoods install in-ground pools, home inspectors should consider learning about the electrical hazards that may be present by reading Inspecting Grounding and Bonding at Residential Swimming Pools.
Are you a home inspector who offers commercial property inspections? Do you routinely walk roofs as part of your inspection protocol? Read the new OSHA guidelines for roof anchoring systems and personal safety equipment that are now required for anyone who inspects or repairs commercial roofs.
Most home inspectors are also small business owners, and if you aren’t marketing 24/7, you’re handing your competition the advantage. Luckily, there are easy ways to promote your business that cost little but can pay big dividends. Read Inspector Marketing: Leave a Gift Card with Your Tip to add another strategy to your arsenal.
Optimum energy efficiency is a major target for new housing, but existing homes can be retrofitted to experience the same lowered energy bills and a decreased carbon footprint. Although inspecting solar power systems is beyond the scope of a standard home inspection, it’s useful for inspectors to have a basic knowledge of them as they become more commonplace. Read our latest article by Roberta Farsetta, a 20-year veteran of the inspection industry, and spouse of Certified Master Inspector® and Chair of InterNACHI’s Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee: Inspecting Solar Roofing Shingles.
Maintaining the home’s HVAC system is vital to keep it running efficiently and holding down energy costs. But is cleaning out the ductwork part of that strategy? It may surprise some homeowners and a few home inspectors to learn that the answer is a firm “maybe, maybe not.” Having the ductwork professionally cleaned may be an appropriate course of action if the system has been contaminated by moisture or mold, but, absent these issues, it may create more issues than it solves. A general amount of airborne dust in a home is normal; homeowners shouldn’t try to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. But before making any recommendations to your clients, read more about it in our six-part article series: The Home Inspector’s Guide to Air Duct Cleaning.
Marketing your inspection business is as important as performing accurate inspections and delivering high-quality reports. But in addition to netting prospective clients, you also need to appeal to real estate agents, and this sometimes means going above and beyond what other inspectors do. With the holidays rolling around, we’ve taken some of the guesswork out of gift-giving that’s both RESPA-compliant and useful for agents, as well as your business. Read more in Four RESPA-Compliant Holiday Gifts for Agents That Promote Your Inspection Company.
Many home inspectors are finding it increasingly valuable to use a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), to assist them in their inspections. Not only is it safer in many respects, but it can make the inspection go faster. It can also appeal to inspectors and clients alike who appreciate a more state-of-the-art approach to their inspection. Lest you hesitate taking the leap because of the rapidly evolving regulations governing drone use, InterNACHI® General Counsel Mark Cohen has put together the ultimate legal guide for home inspectors who are interested in integrating drones in their home inspection arsenal: Drone Law Primer for Home Inspectors.
Although home inspectors are considered generalists and are discouraged from quoting code in their inspection reports, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the latest requirements, especially regarding residential electrical systems. Read this primer for some updates in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC): Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection.