New article on trampoline safety and inspection

Trampolines may be fun and health-promoting, but they are also very dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics specifically states that they should not safe for home use and home insurance policies rarely cover trampoline-related injuries. But people are going to use them anyway, so it’s best they use them safely. To find out safe behavior and installation tips, check out our new article on trampoline safety and inspection.

New article on the small house movement

In spite of the rapid expanse in home sizes over the last half-century, the past few years have seen a reduction in the size of the average American house. Perhaps spurred on by recession-era belt tightening, a trend has developed called the small house movement, which eschews the unnecessary lavishness of large homes and the endless debt they accrue. Many homeowners have downsized to homes smaller than 1,000 square feet and in some cases, smaller than 100. Energy bills plummet, as do mortgages and maintenance, it’s a totally different lifestyle, and you can find out more by reading our new article on the small house movement.

New article on styrofoam homes

Believe it or not, but people are now building their homes out of Styrofoam. In Hawaii, a company has built a handful of these homes, which are easier to heat and cool than conventional homes and they actually cost less to construct. Japan takes it to the extreme, especially in one village where 480 Styrofoam dome homes serve as lodging, recreational facilities and retail shops. These homes, which look they were built for smurfs or hobbits, can be constructed in just a few hours and they’re earthquake, fire and typhoon resistant! To see more, check out our new article on Styrofoam homes.

New article on McMansions and energy inefficiency

Not only are McMansions unnecessarily large and out of place in their neighborhoods, they’re also inefficient consumers of energy and resources. Vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets and giant garages are hard to heat and cool, and massive amounts of timber and cements are needed during their construction. But some municipalities are fighting back by forcing owners of excessively large homes to install renewable energy systems or buy renewable power. To find out more, check out our new article on McMansions and Energy Inefficiency.

Half a million free click-thrus generated for inspector’s websites.

InterNACHI‘s many inspector search engines have generated over 1/2 a million free click-thrus to our member’s own inspection business websites in just the past 8 months.

Watch the traffic in live time as it is funneled to our member’s inspection websites. ranks InterNACHI’s inspection-related websites as some of the most heavily visited sites on the internet.

New article on buying vs. renting

Ah, the age-old question, “Do I buy or rent?” continues unanswered today. Many news programs and analysts push homeownership, and the American Dream pulls us towards that goal, but it’s often in the renter’s best interest to remain renting. Prospective homeowners should consider their finances, how long they plan to stay, their credit history, and so much more before leaving their rental. To see a detailed explanation, read our new article on buying vs. renting.