New consumer and inspection article: Emergency Preparedness: How Home Inspectors Can Help Their Clients

Just over the last few years, the U.S. has experienced record flooding, tornadoes and wildfires that have driven up the cost of property damage to the tens of billions of dollars, not to mention the loss of life in the hundreds.  Some disasters take us by surprise, leaving precious little time to grab essentials and head for safety.  But whether we’re given some lead time to evacuate or have to make split-second decisions, our choices are greatly enhanced by preparing for a disaster before it strikes.

InterNACHI inspectors can help their clients not only address the regular maintenance issues for their homes, but they can also help them prepare a checklist for an emergency.  After an emergency has passed, home inspectors can assess any property damage, even when insurance adjusters become involved.  Read about how homeowners can prioritize and prepare for an emergency evacuation in Emergency Preparedness:  How Home Inspectors Can Help Their Clients.

New inspection & consumer article: InterNACHI and the EPA Team Up to Monitor Lead Safety

Although its manufacture was discontinued in the U.S. in 1978, lead-based paint is more prevalent than most homeowners would suspect, especially in older homes whose construction is otherwise sound, making these older homes attractive to new home buyers.

To protect the public health and safety — as well as that of contractors and tradespeople who work in the renovation of such homes — the U.S. EPA has an ambitious program in place that requires that all contractors who disturb lead-based paint be trained to be Lead-Safe Certified.  The problem, as InterNACHI has discovered, is that fewer than 10% of those required to be certified actually are.  That leaves 90% vulnerable to hefty fines, as well as serious health risks.  InterNACHI has, therefore, proposed a partnership with the EPA so that inspectors can understand the simple steps that contractors must take to mitigate the spread of lead dust and other hazards to make sure that all parties — contractors, homeowners and inspectors — are safe and healthy during and after renovation projects.

Find out more about it in our latest article:  InterNACHI and the EPA Team Up to Monitor Lead Safety.