If you’re a homeowner and you’ve integrated smart home tech into your house, here’s an article with some tips to follow before a storm or natural disaster strikes that will keep your home online and protected, and your family safe and informed. If you’re a home inspector, share this article with your clients, especially during their next Annual Home Maintenance Inspection: How Your Smart Home Can Help You Prepare for the Next Big Storm.
Smart home tech is becoming increasingly popular, so much so that many new builds incorporate such systems. Homeowners can also retrofit their existing home with smart home features. But like any new tech, problems can arise. Here are the top five issues and their easy solutions, which home inspectors can familiarize themselves with as a value-added courtesy to their frustrated clients. Home inspectors can also post this article on their website for their visitors: The Top 5 Problems with Smart Home Tech and How to Troubleshoot Them.
California becomes the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory regulations for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on new residential construction, beginning in 2020. Read more about it, as well as how InterNACHI® is coordinating with the California Energy Commission to create new online courses and other resources for its members to address the inspection of these new building requirements.
We love our pets, and most of us are great stewards of them. But it’s important to remember that, even with proper care and maintenance, household pets can transmit diseases to their humans and create unsanitary or unsafe conditions in the home. Read more about the risks and remedies in Pet-Borne Diseases in the Home.
There are many great resources and tips available for homeowners on how to make their homes more energy-efficient. But some tasks should be left to the pros. Inspectors who offer home energy inspections can post this article on their website to give a nudge to their undecided clients: 6 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Home Energy Audit.
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.