New Training & Employment Opportunity for Inspectors for FEMA

InterNACHI and BISCO are pleased to announce that Vanguard Emergency Management has signed a five-year contract with FEMA to train experienced professional inspectors as FEMA Disaster Inspectors and Area Managers.  (BISCO is the Vanguard small-business partner responsible for hiring, deploying and managing inspectors.)  InterNACHI Founder Nick Gromicko and BISCO CEO Marv Goldstein are asking InterNACHI inspectors to consider this new training and employment opportunity so they can help their fellow citizens in their greatest time of need.  Find out more about it and download the Application-Questionnaire by reading FEMA Inspector and Area Manager Training for Disaster Deployment.

Just released in its 7th Edition: “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection”

Author and InterNACHI Director of Education Ben Gromicko is pleased to join InterNACHI in announcing the release of the 7th Edition of “Now That You’ve Had a Home Inspection,” the homeowner’s ultimate home maintenance guide, now with a new look, revamped format, and updated information.  Read all about it here.

Announcing InterNACHI’s new Director of Affairs for South Africa

With thanks for his efforts to Steve Kay, outgoing Director of Affairs for South Africa, InterNACHI USA and InterNACHI South Africa wish to welcome as new Director, Mr. Eric Bell.

Eric is the founder and CEO of Inspect-a-Home, the largest home inspection firm in South Africa. He helped review the material for the National Home Builder Registration Council Manual and performs additional regional functions, such as sitting on development architectural review boards. For relaxation, he has raced Porsches, he owns a GT3, and flies large-scale model RC airplanes.

Welcome, Eric!

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.

New consumer article in French: 15 Outils Que Tous Les Propriétaires Devraient Posséder (15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own)

For Canadian and all inspectors serving French-speaking clients, use our original articles now translated in French to post on your website and to include in your inspection reports and marketing materials.  Our latest offering is 15 Outils Que Tous Les Propriétaires Devraient Posséder (15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own).

InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice is now available in FRENCH!

InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for Inspecting Residential Properties is now available in French!  Canadian and French-speaking members everywhere who wish to include the French-language Residential SOP in their inspection reports may now do so by downloading from Normes de Pratique Internationales pour l’Inspection des Biens Immoboliers Résidentiels.