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.
We love our pets, and most of us are great stewards of them. But it’s important to remember that, even with proper care and maintenance, household pets can transmit diseases to their humans and create unsanitary or unsafe conditions in the home. Read more about the risks and remedies in Pet-Borne Diseases in the Home.
There are many great resources and tips available for homeowners on how to make their homes more energy-efficient. But some tasks should be left to the pros. Inspectors who offer home energy inspections can post this article on their website to give a nudge to their undecided clients: 6 Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Home Energy Audit.
As a home inspector, do you have employees? Whether they’re administrative staff or additional inspectors, be sure you’re in compliance with state and federal employment laws by downloading InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template. InterNACHI® General Counsel Mark Cohen has eliminated the guesswork for you by including provisions that cover employment terms, salary, paid time off, workplace accommodations, employee grievances, and more. Customize it for your own company’s needs, and have your own legal advisor review it so that it’s a sound document that you and your employees can rely on: InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template.
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.
What happens when some provision of a professional code of ethics collides with another provision of a different profession’s code of ethics? How about with the law itself? Find out about some of the far-reaching ramifications by reading Home Inspector Ethics: Why Not Pay to Be on Brokers’ Lists?
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.