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.
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.
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.
Inspectors need to carry all kinds of tools with them in order to perform accurate inspections. Shingle gauges are small tools that help home inspectors – as well as roofing contractors and insurance adjusters – determine the wear and tear of asphalt shingles, along with any possible manufacturer’s defects that may prematurely shorten their service life. Read more about these handy tools that home inspectors can use during the roof portion of their home inspections in Shingle Gauges for Property Inspectors.
As homeowners and homebuilders opt for more attractive and lower-maintenance products and components for house exteriors, home inspectors should become more familiar with them to knowledgeably assess their condition and report on their defects. Although liquid vinyl siding has been around for more than 30 years, it’s not necessarily easy to identify. Learn more about what makes LVS desirable and popular by reading Inspecting Liquid Vinyl Siding.
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.
Inspecting pools and spas falls outside the scope of a general home inspection. But as more homeowners in warmer climates and in upscale neighborhoods install in-ground pools, home inspectors should consider learning about the electrical hazards that may be present by reading Inspecting Grounding and Bonding at Residential Swimming Pools.