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.
InterNACHI is researching and preparing a federal lawsuit against HomeSafe and Kevin Seddon, and we need your help.
InterNACHI is researching a potential lawsuit against the administrators of the National Home Inspector Examination, or NHIE, and we need your help.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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?