New consumer article from The Home Depot: Tankless Water Heaters

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for consumers who are considering a more energy-efficient alternative to the standard residential water heater.  Home inspectors can post this new article on their website:  Tankless Water Heaters.

New article for everyone: Email InterNACHI first before calling.

At InterNACHI, most of everyone’s job involves directly assisting our members in one way or another (between writing courses, researching new benefits, tweaking the website, shooting awesome videos, building defects on purpose in our House of Horrors — you get the idea).  What helps us help you in the fastest way when you have a question or problem is for you to email us before picking up the phone to call us.  Why?  Read all the reasons in our latest article:  Email only, please.

InterNACHI releases its new Walk-Through Agreement

Get the protection you need for conducting walk-throughs of residential and commercial properties by using InterNACHI’s new Walk-Through Agreement. Even though walk-throughs are less formal and don’t require you to generate a written report for your clients, you still need to be protected from any potential liability.  We offer it as an editable Word.docx and a ready-to-download PDF.

New legal article for inspectors: Unsigned Inspection Contracts

Some inspectors think that an informal, handshake agreement is good enough to get the ball rolling on an inspection appointment, saving the legalities for when money actually changes hands.  But it’s vital for home inspectors to protect their legal interests, as well as manage their clients’ expectations, by having their contract signed before performing any services.  Read about the problems that can arise in InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen’s latest article, Unsigned Inspection Contracts.

New inspection article: Inspecting Spray-Foam Insulation Applied Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing

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.

New marketing article for inspectors: Video Testimonials for Home Inspectors

Many home inspectors work diligently to gather as many positive customer reviews as possible to put on their websites. This is a good thing, right?  But how do you squeeze the SEO juice out of them that makes them worth putting on your site in the first place? Read our latest marketing article to find out how to make your clients’ feedback easy to acquire and how to put that feedback to work for you in: “Video Testimonials for Home Inspectors.”

New inspection article: Inspecting Unvented Combustion Appliances

While unvented fireplaces and other types of combustion appliances are portable, attractive, and seemingly maintenance-free, they can pose a serious danger to a home’s occupants precisely because they’re ventless.  Find out more about the hazards of these appliances that have been prohibited in many — but not all — municipalities by reading Ben Gromicko and Nick Gromicko’s latest article, Inspecting Unvented Combustion Appliances.

New article for inspectors and consumers: Inspecting Pipes in Exterior Walls and Pipe Insulation

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.