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.
Whether the home is new construction or existing, the site of the home is inextricably tied to how the home’s foundation and structure perform, especially if the home is located in a region known for expansive soils. Climate and weather patterns can further impact the home’s stability and structural integrity. Read more in Inspecting for Foundation Damage from Expansive Soils.
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.
Internet scams are ubiquitous, as anyone will attest who’s ever been contacted by a Nigerian prince in need or an inconvenienced but wealthy heir. But private parties aren’t the only ones receiving solicitations to line their pockets with just the tiniest bit of effort. Small businesses are also popular targets. Read about the most notorious Internet scam and how you can avoid becoming a victim in For Property Inspectors: Am I Being Scammed?
Smart home tech is becoming increasingly popular, so much so that many new builds incorporate such systems. Homeowners can also retrofit their existing home with smart home features. But like any new tech, problems can arise. Here are the top five issues and their easy solutions, which home inspectors can familiarize themselves with as a value-added courtesy to their frustrated clients. Home inspectors can also post this article on their website for their visitors: The Top 5 Problems with Smart Home Tech and How to Troubleshoot Them.
Home inspectors who offer ancillary services will always outpace those who offer only standard home inspections. One great money-maker that requires straightforward training and an affordable outlay in terms of financial investment is the sewer scope inspection. Read more about it in How Home Inspectors Can Offer Sewer Scope Services.
Do you perform construction phase inspections on new builds? A pre-drywall inspection can catch issues that will be difficult (if not impossible) to track down once the drywall is hung. Read more about it in Pre-Drywall Inspections.
Home inspectors are required by InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice to inspect sump pumps and pits. Their lids or covers have special requirements, too, in order to ensure the unit’s proper operation. Read more about them in Inspecting Sump Pump Covers.
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.