Energy efficiency is a top priority for homeowners. Advising clients on how to lower their heating and cooling costs while maintaining comfort is important for home inspectors. When homeowners have taken steps to make improvements, there are special inspection considerations. Read some useful tips in our latest article: Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic.
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.
Installing insulation at the roof is an important step for protecting the home from moisture intrusion and energy loss. Read about how to inspect homes that use high-efficiency spray foam in Inspecting Spray-Foam Insulation Applied Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing.
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.
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 things to look for in older buildings to ensure the safety and comfort of occupants: Inspección para Comprobar Defectos en Construcciones Antiguas.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers about the things they can do — and when — to maintain their water heater properly in order to get the longest possible service from it. Home inspectors can post this new article on their website: Your Water Heater’s Maintenance Timeline.
No inspector wants to deal with being sued. If it happens, the goal is to dispense with the matter as quickly and inexpensively as possible, so many inspectors use arbitration as a way to avoid the courtroom. But this strategy has several disadvantages that inspectors may not be aware of. Read about the risks and alternatives of using an arbitration clause in your contract in our latest article by InterNACHI’s legal counsel, Mark Cohen: Think Twice About Including an Arbitration Clause in Your Inspection Agreement.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers, which has been newly translated into Spanish, and familiarizes homeowners with their electrical service panel, including tips and hazards. For inspectors who have Spanish-speaking clients and work with Spanish-speaking real estate professionals, post this article on your website: Electricidad 101: Entender el Panel de Servicio.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers that discusses some of the basics of the electrical service panel, including some important maintenance and safety tips. Home inspectors can post this new article on their website: Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel.