New Texas Standards of Practice

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.

Saving Energy Dollars with Infrared (Thermal) Imaging

I know everyone works very hard for their money (in order to pay the bills), but what you don’t realize is how much of your hard earned energy dollars are actually slipping right through the cracks of your home. Keeping your home at a comfort level (by conditioning it) can be very costly. I know everyone would like to reduce their energy bills in our freezing winter months and then again, in the summer cooling months. Well, a good place to start would be a professional infrared home-energy efficiency inspection. An infrared inspection will actually show you where you are wasting your hard earned energy dollars, and at the same time, will demonstrate how you can properly seal those areas that are pulling your energy dollars to the outside of your house.

There are many building envelope anomalies that can generate significant heat and air conditioning loss, which causes your energy dollars to be wasted in a not-so-tight home.

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International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Fire Doors

Today InterNACHI released it’s new International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Fire Doors. This is a great way to add additional revenue to your inspection business.  The inspection can be added to your list of inspection services as a stand-alone report.  The NFPA says that all fire doors should be inspected once a year, so next year you will get the inspections again.  We included an expiration date on the report “expires one year after the date of the inspection.”

Welcome to the InterNACHI Blog

InterNACHI is proud to introduce the InterNACHI Blog.  We hope that this will become a resource for both inspectors and consumers to find the lastest information about inspections and inspectors.

Keep Up To Date

InterNACHI staff will be starting a “Staff Blog” section where we’ll keep you up-to-date about things that we’ve been working on.  We see this as a great opportunity to keep membership in touch with the day-to-day operations of InterNACHI.  We’ll also be posting upcoming projects and sneak peeks.

Home Inspectors:

If you are an InterNACHI member, you can contribute to this blog (and at the same time promote yourself).  All members automatically have an account—simply log in with your members-only username and password.  All entries must be approved by InterNACHI before they show live on the site (they may be edited minimally).  We’re looking for posts targetted at both consumers and at inspectors.

All posts include attribution and a link to your home page.  You can additionally write a short blurb about yourself that will be included with your signature.  We see this as a great way for our members to promote themselves (links in blogs are fantastic for driving search engine traffic to your site).

Industry Vendors:

If you would like to write for the InterNACHI blog, please contact us with some information about what you would like to contribute.  In most cases we will be happy to create an account for you.

Everyone Else:

We’d love to open this blog up to as many contributors as possible, so if you have something to say about the inspection or real estate industries, please contact us with information and we’ll try to get you access.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.  We look forward to this blog becoming another active part of our association.