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.
Buying a home is an expensive proposition, and most people understandably try to save on costs however they can. But especially if you’re buying an “as is” house in order to pour your own sweat equity into making it a home (or even just to flip it), it’s no time to skimp on the home inspection. Read our latest article by InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen and Founder Nick Gromicko to find out why: Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”? (Inspectors: Post this article on your website!)
At InterNACHI, most of everyone’s job involves directly assisting our members in one way or another (between writing courses, researching new benefits, tweaking the website, shooting awesome videos, building defects on purpose in our House of Horrors — you get the idea). What helps us help you in the fastest way when you have a question or problem is for you to email us before picking up the phone to call us. Why? Read all the reasons in our latest article: Email only, please.
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.
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 costs that consumers should be aware of when purchasing a property: Costos de Cierre.
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.