Home inspectors can offer water quality testing with inexpensive testing kits and simple training. Alternatively, they can use private or state labs for both kits and analysis. Either method provides useful – and sometimes critical – information for their clients. Read more in Water Quality Testing for Home Inspectors.
Smart home tech offers a dizzying array of options for consumers. Add to that whether the device or system should be hard-wired into the home’s electrical system and internet, or whether wireless is the way to go, and the choices can be challenging. Home inspectors can post this article for consumers on their website to help take some of the guesswork out of upgrading: Wireless vs. Connected Smart Home Tech for Homeowners.
One strategy that will help home inspectors reduce the time spent writing their inspection reports is to research online real estate listings for the property the night before the appointment and pre-document that information. Along with online assessor’s records describing the property, MLS listings – and even their photos – can provide key information that the inspector can then verify or disclaim, once at the job site. Read more in Using Online Listings to Prepare for Home Inspections.
Whether the home is new construction or existing, the site of the home is inextricably tied to how the home’s foundation and structure perform, especially if the home is located in a region known for expansive soils. Climate and weather patterns can further impact the home’s stability and structural integrity. Read more in Inspecting for Foundation Damage from Expansive Soils.
Are you a home inspector who’s thinking about moving to another state but are concerned about all the questions surrounding re-launching your inspection business, too? Follow the roadmap laid out by author and InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector® Gabe Semenza by reading Tips for Relocating Your Home Inspection Business, and learn from his first-hand experience.
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.
Home inspectors who are sued or asked to give testimony or provide physical evidence will probably be served with a subpoena. Learn about what a subpoena is and the legal force behind it, as well as how you can protect yourself so you can keep on top of any legal action you may become involved in by reading What Home Inspectors Need to Know About Subpoenas.
One unfortunate truth for home inspectors is that it’s less a matter of whether you’re going to get sued than when. The time to choose an attorney for your business is before that happens. And there are other times and reasons you’ll want legal advice. Read our latest article to help you navigate one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make: Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: How to Choose the Right Lawyer.
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.