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.

Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link

InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen has some simple advice for home inspectors with websites who want to avoid legal hassles with unhappy former clients down the road — advice that he’s given to harried inspectors 95% of the time!  Read Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link.

New for inspectors: InterNACHI’s Aging-in-Place Inspection Agreement

Use this standalone Aging-in-Place Inspection Agreement for your ancillary Aging-in-Place Inspection to clarify expectations and mitigate your liability.  You’ll also find other useful links for documents and marketing materials for your Aging-in-Place Inspection.

InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist

Use InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist for post-inspection follow-up, as a handout for your clients to use themselves, or for Walk-Throughs when you don’t generate a full report but want to provide some notes.  Download the Checklist as a customizable Word.docx version or the handy PDF:  InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist.

New business article for inspectors: A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate

If you’re not taking advantage of InterNACHI’s free benefit “A Gift from Your Inspector,” you’re missing out on an easy way to cultivate more business with both past clients and future ones, especially those referred by local real estate agents.  And you can use this free gift without fear of violating any codes of ethics. Read our latest article to find out how:  A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate.

New consumer article: Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

Buying a home is an expensive proposition, and most people understandably try to save on costs however they can.  But especially if you’re buying an “as is” house in order to pour your own sweat equity into making it a home (or even just to flip it), it’s no time to skimp on the home inspection.  Read our latest article by InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen and Founder Nick Gromicko to find out why:  Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”? (Inspectors:  Post this article on your website!)

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.

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.