It’s important to be organized for an inspection, before, during and after. Especially if you’re a new inspector, it can be stressful trying to remember what to do and in what order. And having inquisitive (or impatient) clients and agents around can add to that stress. Use this simple hack to help keep track of your tools, and impress your clients at the same time: The Inspection Cloth.
Energy efficiency is a top priority for homeowners. Advising clients on how to lower their heating and cooling costs while maintaining comfort is important for home inspectors. When homeowners have taken steps to make improvements, there are special inspection considerations. Read some useful tips in our latest article: Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic.
“Work smarter, not harder” is an axiom which recognizes that a small business owner’s most valuable resource is time. Don’t waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing home inspection reports. Borrow from the best, courtesy of your fellow InterNACHI members: Home Inspection Sample Reports.
InterNACHI offers a variety of ready-to-use forms for different aspects of home inspections, based on InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection. Home inspectors can customize them or use them as is. Download some of our latest forms at Home Inspection Checklists.
Members or their employers sometimes need a succinct letter that explains their InterNACHI certification, especially when your member ID or Member Certificate is insufficient. We’ve provided language that you can cut-paste to create a letter on your own letterhead, and it’s ready for you to customize: A Letter Explaining Your InterNACHI Home Inspector Certification.
Home inspectors are about to be convinced of how easy it is to up-sell mold testing, as well as why it’s a sound business practice that can actually protect you. Read How Home Inspectors Can Up-Sell Mold Testing before your next inspection.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article on engineered wood sheathing. Like OSB, it’s a sturdy and lightweight alternative to hardwood and has many applications. Read more about it in A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers.
Home inspectors can help ensure that their clients’ HVAC systems are running optimally by checking the system’s duct seams. There are key points where air leakage is common, as well as specific types of materials that should be sued to remedy any energy loss. Read more: Inspecting the HVAC System for Duct Leaks and Energy Loss.
InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen has some simple advice for home inspectors with websites who want to avoid legal hassles with unhappy former clients down the road — advice that he’s given to harried inspectors 95% of the time! Read Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link.