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.
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.
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.
Brick is one of the sturdiest and time-tested building materials available. It also requires specific installation techniques and maintenance in order to perform effectively. Read Certified Master Inspector® Aaron Miller’s article reflecting his 40 years of on-the-job observations of the many challenges involved in inspecting brick veneer in the new article: Inspecting Brick Veneer in Residential Construction.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had several clients all located in the same neighborhood? Read our new article that describes a marketing strategy that’s so simple, you’ll be smacking your forehead as you rush out to buy stamps: Marketing Tip for Inspectors: Hit Up the Neighbors with Your Annual Inspections.
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French, and explains the safe use and potential hazards involved with attic pull-down ladders: Echelles Escamotables de Grenier.
I thought this video might be interesting to y’all. Using a cheap flashlight, a new bulb, and some better batteries, this guy turns a $4 flashlight and $6 worth of parts into a $95 ultra-bright flashlight:
NACHI.TV has just released a new, online training episode titled: Structural Inspection of a House. It is an excellent 18-minute video produced especially for home inspectors.
- 42-minute online video;
- 80 photos, diagrams and custom graphics;
- 5 quizzes;
- a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
- instant grading;
- a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
- accreditations and state approvals.
The course covers the following categories:
- Decks and Similar Structures
- Decks Defined
- From the Ground Up
- Deck Load
- Footings and Posts
- Wood Decay
- Moisture and Wood Decay
- The Pick Test
- Support and Connections
- Girders and Beams
- Ledger Connections
- Framing Around
- Cantilevered Decks
- Connections and Fasteners
- Posts and Rails
- Guardrails and Supports
- Board placement and Support
- Stringers, Risers and Treads
- Electrical Receptacles
- Receptacle Requirements
- Weatherproof Receptacles
- Other Considerations
- Location and Egress
(NACHI.TV subscribers only)
The WebMD article deals with home winterization. Read the entire article here: http://women.webmd.com/home-health-and-safety-9/winterize-your-home-10-tips