Before the weather heats up, it’s important to have a home’s cooling system serviced so that it runs optimally. And it’s just as important to have the right size system installed in the first place – not just based on the size of the home, but also the home’s climate zone. Evaporative cooling systems are affordable alternatives to conventional central air-conditioning systems, but they don’t work everywhere. Find out more about them by reading Inspecting Evaporative Cooling Systems.
New homes are being built to be more airtight and energy-efficient. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that their cooling systems are properly sized and installed. Whether your clients are in the process of building their home, or you’re inspecting their existing home, don’t let them waste money or energy. Read up on some helpful tips in Inspecting Compression Cooling Systems.
Insulation can help regulate temperature, ventilation and moisture control in crawlspaces. Read about some important installation guidelines and inspection tips in Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors.
Moisture intrusion is one of the most serious problems a home can experience. It can lead to rapid deterioration of many structural components. Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the best practices for installing some basic roof components that will help prevent water damage by reading Inspecting Step and Kick-Out Flashing at Roof-Wall Intersections.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for DIY-ers who need some pointers on replacing the grout on their tile walls and floors to keep them water-resistant and looking new. Home inspectors can post this new article on their website: How to Re-Grout Ceramic Tile.
It’s important to be organized for an inspection, before, during and after. Especially if you’re a new inspector, it can be stressful trying to remember what to do and in what order. And having inquisitive (or impatient) clients and agents around can add to that stress. Use this simple hack to help keep track of your tools, and impress your clients at the same time: The Inspection Cloth.
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.
“Work smarter, not harder” is an axiom which recognizes that a small business owner’s most valuable resource is time. Don’t waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing home inspection reports. Borrow from the best, courtesy of your fellow InterNACHI members: Home Inspection Sample Reports.
InterNACHI offers a variety of ready-to-use forms for different aspects of home inspections, based on InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection. Home inspectors can customize them or use them as is. Download some of our latest forms at Home Inspection Checklists.
Members or their employers sometimes need a succinct letter that explains their InterNACHI certification, especially when your member ID or Member Certificate is insufficient. We’ve provided language that you can cut-paste to create a letter on your own letterhead, and it’s ready for you to customize: A Letter Explaining Your InterNACHI Home Inspector Certification.