Different climates and even different jurisdictions have their own rules when it comes to residential guttering systems. Home inspectors should be aware of the requirements for their particular service area, and be prepared to inform their clients of the potential problems that an inadequate, damaged or neglected system can cause by reading Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts.
While homeowners facing natural disasters are rightly focused on the steps to take to prepare for them, there’s the inevitable aftermath. Read this article to find out what homeowners should do – and how home inspectors can guide them – along with the resources that may be available to help them rebuild and recover: For Homeowners and Inspectors: What to Do After Disaster Strikes.
The U.S. and Gulf Coast and Atlantic regions are seeing unprecedented storm activity this year. Homeowners must do what they can to prepare for damage and flooding, but they should also take certain precautions afterward. Read more in our latest article: For Homeowners and Inspectors: Re-Entering a Flooded Home.
Energy efficiency is now a major consideration for new home construction, but even older homes without state-of-the-art appliances can benefit from being retrofitted, either entirely or via certain components. Inspectors should be aware of these options, as well as the many configurations and multiple uses of heating appliances, by reading Inspecting Gas-Fired Boilers.
Before the weather heats up, it’s important to have a home’s cooling system serviced so that it runs optimally. And it’s just as important to have the right size system installed in the first place – not just based on the size of the home, but also the home’s climate zone. Evaporative cooling systems are affordable alternatives to conventional central air-conditioning systems, but they don’t work everywhere. Find out more about them by reading Inspecting Evaporative Cooling Systems.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for DIY-ers who need some pointers on replacing the grout on their tile walls and floors to keep them water-resistant and looking new. Home inspectors can post this new article on their website: How to Re-Grout Ceramic Tile.
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.
Use InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist for post-inspection follow-up, as a handout for your clients to use themselves, or for Walk-Throughs when you don’t generate a full report but want to provide some notes. Download the Checklist as a customizable Word.docx version or the handy PDF: InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist.