New article for inspectors: Inspecting Gas-Fired Boilers

Energy efficiency is now a major consideration for new home construction, but even older homes without state-of-the-art appliances can benefit from being retrofitted, either entirely or via certain components.  Inspectors should be aware of these options, as well as the many configurations and multiple uses of heating appliances, by reading Inspecting Gas-Fired Boilers.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting for Air Sealing at Kitchen and Bathroom Exhaust Fans

The majority of new home construction is deadline-driven, which means that, sometimes, minor but essential work may be performed haphazardly or not at all.  This is especially true of sealing around exhaust fans and ductwork.  If the opening cut for the installation of the fan box or duct leaves large gaps around the unit, air can escape into unconditioned spaces and create airflow and moisture problems that don’t reveal themselves until they become critical.  Proper installation at the outset can help prevent such issues.  Inspectors can read more about them in Inspecting for Air Sealing at Kitchen and Bathroom Exhaust Fans.

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 Evaporative Cooling Systems

Before the weather heats up, it’s important to have a home’s cooling system serviced so that it runs optimally.  And it’s just as important to have the right size system installed in the first place – not just based on the size of the home, but also the home’s climate zone.  Evaporative cooling systems are affordable alternatives to conventional central air-conditioning systems, but they don’t work everywhere.  Find out more about them by reading Inspecting Evaporative Cooling 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 for inspectors: The Inspection Cloth

It’s important to be organized for an inspection, before, during and after. Especially if you’re a new inspector, it can be stressful trying to remember what to do and in what order.  And having inquisitive (or impatient) clients and agents around can add to that stress.  Use this simple hack to help keep track of your tools, and impress your clients at the same time:  The Inspection Cloth.

New article for home inspectors: Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic

Energy efficiency is a top priority for homeowners.  Advising clients on how to lower their heating and cooling costs while maintaining comfort is important for home inspectors.  When homeowners have taken steps to make improvements, there are special inspection considerations.  Read some useful tips in our latest article:  Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic.

For Home Inspectors: Home Inspection Sample Reports

“Work smarter, not harder” is an axiom which recognizes that a small business owner’s most valuable resource is time.  Don’t waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to writing home inspection reports.  Borrow from the best, courtesy of your fellow InterNACHI members:  Home Inspection Sample Reports.