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.
Optimum energy efficiency is a major target for new housing, but existing homes can be retrofitted to experience the same lowered energy bills and a decreased carbon footprint. Although inspecting solar power systems is beyond the scope of a standard home inspection, it’s useful for inspectors to have a basic knowledge of them as they become more commonplace. Read our latest article by Roberta Farsetta, a 20-year veteran of the inspection industry, and spouse of Certified Master Inspector® and Chair of InterNACHI’s Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee: Inspecting Solar Roofing Shingles.
Maintaining the home’s HVAC system is vital to keep it running efficiently and holding down energy costs. But is cleaning out the ductwork part of that strategy? It may surprise some homeowners and a few home inspectors to learn that the answer is a firm “maybe, maybe not.” Having the ductwork professionally cleaned may be an appropriate course of action if the system has been contaminated by moisture or mold, but, absent these issues, it may create more issues than it solves. A general amount of airborne dust in a home is normal; homeowners shouldn’t try to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. But before making any recommendations to your clients, read more about it in our six-part article series: The Home Inspector’s Guide to Air Duct Cleaning.
Although home inspectors are considered generalists and are discouraged from quoting code in their inspection reports, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the latest requirements, especially regarding residential electrical systems. Read this primer for some updates in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC): Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection.
Energy efficiency is now a major consideration for new home construction, but even older homes without state-of-the-art appliances can benefit from being retrofitted, either entirely or via certain components. Inspectors should be aware of these options, as well as the many configurations and multiple uses of heating appliances, by reading Inspecting Gas-Fired Boilers.