New inspection article: Inspecting Residential Lot Drainage in Areas with Expansive Soils

Expansive soils can create structural and even liability problems for homeowners and their properties when drainage provisions are absent or installed improperly.  Read Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article reflecting his 40 years of on-the-job observations of the problems of building on expansive soils and what inspectors can do to assist their clients in this new article:  Inspecting Residential Lot Drainage in Areas with Expansive Soils.

New inspection article: Inspecting Residential Attached Garages

Attached garages at single-family homes can be the source of many hazards, including fire, as well as carbon monoxide emissions and other gases and vapors from stored materials.  Builders, too, may often cut corners in their construction in an effort to save money.  Learn about some of the common problems, code requirements, and items to look for on an inspection by reading Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article, Inspecting Residential Attached Garages.

New inspection article: Release for Inspectors Accompanied by Ride-Alongs

InterNACHI encourages its members to pass along their wealth of knowledge and experience to others.  To that end, many inspectors welcome the opportunity to be accompanied on their appointments by those interested in inspections or just starting out.  But being a mentor shouldn’t cost you, especially if the newbie is injured due to his own negligence or something beyond your control.  That’s why InterNACHI Legal Counsel Mark Cohen has developed a Release from Liability. Read more and download your own copy of the release at Release for Inspectors Accompanied by Ride-Alongs.

Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Inspección del Cerco Eléctrico (Electric Fence Inspection)

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 operation and potential hazards of electric fencing on private properties:  Inspección del Cerco Eléctrico.

Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Inspección de Preparación para Terremotos (Earthquake Preparedness Inspection)‏

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 structural hazards of earthquakes on homes and how an inspection can help homeowners be prepared for them:  Inspección de Preparación para Terremotos.

Inspection article newly translated into Spanish: Inspección por Presencia de Ácaros del Polvo (Dust Mite Inspection)

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 problems with and remedies for household dust mites:  Inspección por Presencia de Ácaros del Polvo.

New inspection article: Inspecting Residential Interior Doors

Interior doors in homes are often given little consideration as to their construction, especially when builders feel compelled to save money any way they can.  But inspecting them for specific conditions, such as installation and operability, can help make a big difference in the overall quality of the home.  Read Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article reflecting his 40 years of on-the-job observations inspecting homes in his new article, Inspecting Residential Interior Doors.

New article for inspectors: The Dangers of Calling Yourself an Expert

The inspection industry can be cutthroat when it comes to standing out among the competition, especially in areas where the market is saturated, and even in areas where home buyers may not be sold on the concept.  But certain marketing tactics can backfire, particularly in the courtroom.  Read about the risks and alternatives of using inflated language in our latest article by InterNACHI’s legal counsel Mark Cohen:  The Dangers of Calling Yourself an Expert.