New article for inspectors: Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems

Cooling is essential for homes in regions that experience hot weather.  And it’s vital to get the right installation and balance for homes in climates that are particularly humid.  Find out more by reading Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Compression 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.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors

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.

New article for home inspectors: Inspecting Step and Kick-Out Flashing at Roof-Wall Intersections

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.

New article from The Home Depot: A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article on engineered wood sheathing.  Like OSB, it’s a sturdy and lightweight alternative to hardwood and has many applications.  Read more about it in A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers.

New inspection article: Inspecting the HVAC System for Duct Leaks and Energy Loss

Home inspectors can help ensure that their clients’ HVAC systems are running optimally by checking the system’s duct seams.  There are key points where air leakage is common, as well as specific types of materials that should be sued to remedy any energy loss.  Read more:  Inspecting the HVAC System for Duct Leaks and Energy Loss.

Writing Inspection Reports in the Past Tense

Should inspectors write their report observations in the past tense?

I say, “Yes.” It may help reduce your liability.

Isn’t the report a document stating the condition of the property at the time of the inspection? Yes. Then why use the present tense?

Read “Inspection Reports:  Past or Present Tense?” here.

Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Board approves InterNACHI’s free, online courses.

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that the Washington State Licensing Board has approved InterNACHI’s free, online inspector training courses including:

  • How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior course for 14 hours of home inspector continuing education.
  • Electrical Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections for 16 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems course for 12 hours of home inspector education.
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Roofing Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors course for 8 hours.
  • Moisture Intrusion Inspections for 8 hours.
  • Deck Inspections course for 3 hours of home inspector education.

CLICK HERE to see actual approvals from the Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board of the Department of Licensing.

New Course on Inspecting Interiors

InterNACHI just released a new course on inspecting the attic, insulation, and interior of a residential property. The course, which includes over 40,000 words, a plethora of helpful diagrams and pictures, quizzes and a final exam, is accredited, state approved and totally free for InterNACHI members. Topics include radiant barriers, insulation, ice dams, ventilation, clearance, heat movement, attic access, and much, much more. Take the course or read more about it.

Enjoy!