Regardless of the size of your home inspection business, there are many moving parts on the business side that are important to get right. One of them is a tax accountant. Read about how to find the best one for your business in an article by InterNACHI® Tax Counsel Jeff Cohen: For Home Inspectors: How to Find the Right Tax Accountant.
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.
If you’re a homeowner and you’ve integrated smart home tech into your house, here’s an article with some tips to follow before a storm or natural disaster strikes that will keep your home online and protected, and your family safe and informed. If you’re a home inspector, share this article with your clients, especially during their next Annual Home Maintenance Inspection: How Your Smart Home Can Help You Prepare for the Next Big Storm.
Home inspectors who are sued or asked to give testimony or provide physical evidence will probably be served with a subpoena. Learn about what a subpoena is and the legal force behind it, as well as how you can protect yourself so you can keep on top of any legal action you may become involved in by reading What Home Inspectors Need to Know About Subpoenas.
One unfortunate truth for home inspectors is that it’s less a matter of whether you’re going to get sued than when. The time to choose an attorney for your business is before that happens. And there are other times and reasons you’ll want legal advice. Read our latest article to help you navigate one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make: Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: How to Choose the Right Lawyer.
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.
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.