Internet scams are ubiquitous, as anyone will attest who’s ever been contacted by a Nigerian prince in need or an inconvenienced but wealthy heir. But private parties aren’t the only ones receiving solicitations to line their pockets with just the tiniest bit of effort. Small businesses are also popular targets. Read about the most notorious Internet scam and how you can avoid becoming a victim in For Property Inspectors: Am I Being Scammed?
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.
Home inspectors who offer ancillary services will always outpace those who offer only standard home inspections. One great money-maker that requires straightforward training and an affordable outlay in terms of financial investment is the sewer scope inspection. Read more about it in How Home Inspectors Can Offer Sewer Scope Services.
Do you perform construction phase inspections on new builds? A pre-drywall inspection can catch issues that will be difficult (if not impossible) to track down once the drywall is hung. Read more about it in Pre-Drywall Inspections.
Home inspectors are required by InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice to inspect sump pumps and pits. Their lids or covers have special requirements, too, in order to ensure the unit’s proper operation. Read more about them in Inspecting Sump Pump Covers.
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.
As a home inspector, do you have employees? Whether they’re administrative staff or additional inspectors, be sure you’re in compliance with state and federal employment laws by downloading InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template. InterNACHI® General Counsel Mark Cohen has eliminated the guesswork for you by including provisions that cover employment terms, salary, paid time off, workplace accommodations, employee grievances, and more. Customize it for your own company’s needs, and have your own legal advisor review it so that it’s a sound document that you and your employees can rely on: InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template.
While performing a sewer scope inspection falls outside InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice, many home inspectors offer it as an ancillary service because the information it yields can be very useful for homeowners, as well as prospective home buyers. Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the equipment, protocols, and benefits of a sewer scope inspection when deciding whether to offer this service by reading Sewer Scope Inspections for Home Inspectors.