New inspection article: Inspecting Unvented Combustion Appliances

While unvented fireplaces and other types of combustion appliances are portable, attractive, and seemingly maintenance-free, they can pose a serious danger to a home’s occupants precisely because they’re ventless.  Find out more about the hazards of these appliances that have been prohibited in many — but not all — municipalities by reading Ben Gromicko and Nick Gromicko’s latest article, Inspecting Unvented Combustion Appliances.

New article for inspectors and consumers: Inspecting Pipes in Exterior Walls and Pipe Insulation

It’s best not to locate plumbing pipes in exterior walls, but there are a number of easy and affordable ways that homeowners can insulate all plumbing pipes to avoid freezing problems, as well as decrease their energy bills in general.  Home inspectors should also know these tips in order to assist their clients.  Read about them in Ben Gromicko’s latest article:  Inspecting Pipes in Exterior Walls and Pipe Insulation.

Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Inspecciones en Ejecuciones Hipotecarias: Confíe En Su Instinto (Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut)

For inspectors who have Spanish-speaking clients and work with Spanish-speaking real estate professionals, post this article on your website, which has been newly translated into Spanish and discusses the advantages and pitfalls of buying a foreclosed property:  Inspecciones en Ejecuciones Hipotecarias: Confíe En Su Instinto.

Inspection & consumer article newly translated into Spanish: Mejorando la Eficiencia Energética de la Vivienda (Increasing Home Energy Efficiency)

For inspectors who have Spanish-speaking clients and work with Spanish-speaking real estate professionals, post this article on your website, which has been newly translated into Spanish, and discusses ways that homeowners can save on their utility bills and increase their home’s energy efficiency without sacrificing their family’s comfort:  Mejorando la Eficiencia Energética de la Vivienda.

New legal article for inspectors: Electronic Signatures for Home Inspection Agreements

Concerned about whether your client’s signature on your online home inspection agreement is legally binding?  Is an e-signed contract enforceable in court in your state?  Do you know the difference between an electronic signature and a digital one?  Read the answers to these questions and more in our latest article by InterNACHI’s legal counsel, Mark Cohen:  Electronic Signatures for Home Inspection Agreements.

Consumer & inspector article newly translated into Spanish: Preparación ante Emergencias: Cómo Pueden Ayudar los Inspectores a Sus Clientes (Emergency Preparedness: How Home Inspectors Can Help Their Clients)

For inspectors who have Spanish-speaking clients and work with Spanish-speaking real estate professionals, post this article on your website, which has been newly translated into Spanish and discusses what homeowners can do before and after an emergency due to weather, a natural disaster, or other event in order to protect life and property:  Preparación ante Emergencias: Cómo Pueden Ayudar los Inspectores a Sus Clientes.

New consumer article sponsored by The Home Depot: Your Water Heater’s Maintenance Timeline

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers about the things they can do — and when — to maintain their water heater properly in order to get the longest possible service from it.  Home inspectors can post this new article on their website:  Your Water Heater’s Maintenance Timeline.

Home Depot article for consumers newly translated into Spanish: Electricidad 101: Entender el Panel de Servicio (Electricity 101: The Service Panel)

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers, which has been newly translated into Spanish, and familiarizes homeowners with their electrical service panel, including tips and hazards.  For inspectors who have Spanish-speaking clients and work with Spanish-speaking real estate professionals, post this article on your website:  Electricidad 101:  Entender el Panel de Servicio.