What are you doing or providing that increases the perceived value of your inspection services more than it costs you to do or provide them? InterNACHI® Founder Nick Gromicko breaks it down for you in For Home Inspectors: Maximizing Your Perceived Value.
Whether you’re a sole proprietor or are expanding into a multi-inspector firm, it’s vital that you spell out your home inspection company’s makeup and obligations in an operating agreement. InterNACHI® has provided sample templates for both types of LLCs here: Sample Templates: Operating Agreements for Home Inspection LLCs
Although testing for mold falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, it’s a service that’s in high demand, especially for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas, and those who live in older homes. Unchecked mold indoors is a serious threat to a home’s structure. And it also poses severe health risks to family members. Inspectors who are considering offering mold testing should start by reading Mold Testing for Home Inspectors.
Home inspectors can offer water quality testing with inexpensive testing kits and simple training. Alternatively, they can use private or state labs for both kits and analysis. Either method provides useful – and sometimes critical – information for their clients. Read more in Water Quality Testing for Home Inspectors.
Smart home tech offers a dizzying array of options for consumers. Add to that whether the device or system should be hard-wired into the home’s electrical system and internet, or whether wireless is the way to go, and the choices can be challenging. Home inspectors can post this article for consumers on their website to help take some of the guesswork out of upgrading: Wireless vs. Connected Smart Home Tech for Homeowners.
One strategy that will help home inspectors reduce the time spent writing their inspection reports is to research online real estate listings for the property the night before the appointment and pre-document that information. Along with online assessor’s records describing the property, MLS listings – and even their photos – can provide key information that the inspector can then verify or disclaim, once at the job site. Read more in Using Online Listings to Prepare for Home Inspections.
Whether the home is new construction or existing, the site of the home is inextricably tied to how the home’s foundation and structure perform, especially if the home is located in a region known for expansive soils. Climate and weather patterns can further impact the home’s stability and structural integrity. Read more in Inspecting for Foundation Damage from Expansive Soils.
Are you a home inspector who’s thinking about moving to another state but are concerned about all the questions surrounding re-launching your inspection business, too? Follow the roadmap laid out by author and InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector® Gabe Semenza by reading Tips for Relocating Your Home Inspection Business, and learn from his first-hand experience.
If you’re a homeowner and you’ve integrated smart home tech into your house, here’s an article with some tips to follow before a storm or natural disaster strikes that will keep your home online and protected, and your family safe and informed. If you’re a home inspector, share this article with your clients, especially during their next Annual Home Maintenance Inspection: How Your Smart Home Can Help You Prepare for the Next Big Storm.
Home inspectors who are sued or asked to give testimony or provide physical evidence will probably be served with a subpoena. Learn about what a subpoena is and the legal force behind it, as well as how you can protect yourself so you can keep on top of any legal action you may become involved in by reading What Home Inspectors Need to Know About Subpoenas.