In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for DIY-ers who want some guidance about the right tools for the job. Home inspectors can post this new article on their website: 10 Rental Tools for DIY Home Projects.
InterNACHI is researching a potential lawsuit against the administrators of the National Home Inspector Examination, or NHIE, and we need your help.
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!)
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.
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.
I live in Colorado Springs and perform Home and Commercial inspections along the Front Range. In one of my home inspections I walked into a basement bedroom and was struck by a particular odor. It was that musty moldy odor one dreads, after further investigation I discovered a “frost proof” hose bib located in the ceiling along a back wall had not been so “frost proof”. In the photo below the split that is visible is due to a failed valve.
Note the length of this valve which is 18” long, the actual shut off is at the back of the valve which leaves 18” of pipe without water in it which is sufficient for winter conditions. This valve however had failed leaving water in the pipe and subject to freezing.
The owner had to remove the carpet, a section of drywall and insulation, mitigate the mold in the wall cavity and have these items replaced.
The question remains, is your “frost proof” hose bibs operating correctly?
One good check is to operate your hose bib, when shut off a small amount of water should drain out. This would be the water in the 18” of pipe, because remember the valve is in the back of the unit.
Even in the middle of winter we can have 60 degree weather which is a good time to water trees or wash your vehicle, don’t forget to disconnect the hose from your hose bib or you will be inviting disaster.
I hope this helps to prevent a catastrophe around your home or business.
This introduction of the home maintenance book helps set the expectations of the home-buying client. – Ben Gromicko
Now it is time to keep it that way.
Just like the engine of an automobile, your house works as a system of independent parts. Every part has an impact to the operation of many other parts. A typical home has over 10,000 parts. What happens when all the parts work together in the most desirable, optimal way? You are rewarded with a house that is durable, comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient.
You can make it happen in just a few steps.
Step #1: Monitor the house
Step #2: Recognize potential problems
Step #3: Correct problems properly
This book will help you do all three steps.
If you hired a certified home inspector – that was a good decision and money well spent. As you know, the home inspector is not an expert but a generalist. Your home inspector inspected the home and reported the home’s condition as it was at the time of the inspection. That is the main responsibility of the home inspector. A home inspection does not include predictions of future events. Future events (such as roof leaks, water intrusion, plumbing drips and heating failures) are not within the scope of a home inspection and are not the responsibility of the home inspector.
Who’s responsible? You are. The new homeowner. Welcome to home ownership. The most important thing to understand as a new homeowner is that things break. As time moves on, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak or simply stop working.
But relax. Don’t get overwhelmed. You’re not alone. This book is for you and every homeowner experiencing the responsibility of home ownership. Every homeowner has similar concerns and questions. And they are all related to home maintenance.
The following questions are those that all homeowners ask themselves:
#1 “What should I look for?”
#2 “What does a real problem look like?”
#3 “How should it be corrected?”
The answers to these questions are written in this book.
This book will guide you through the systems of a typical house, how they work and how to maintain them. The systems include the following: the exterior, interior, roof, structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, attic, insulation, bathroom and kitchen.
You will learn what to monitor (what to look for) as the house ages. Most of the conditions and events that you will see and experience will likely be cosmetic and minor. Most homes do not have major material defects.
Throughout the book, there will be references to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (www.InterNACHI.org). InterNACHI is the world’s largest trade association of residential and commercial building inspectors. The InterNACHI Residential Standards of Practice (SOP) defines what a home inspection is and lists the responsibilities of a home inspector. The SOP is located at https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm.
This book comments upon the responsibilities of a home inspector, because we are assuming that a home inspector has given you this book to read. Sometimes when a new homeowner is performing maintenance, apparent problems are discovered or revealed. Or as time goes by, things in the house leak or fail. A new homeowner experiencing a problem should refer to the Standards of Practice, which outlines the responsibilities and limitations of the home inspector.
The first nine chapters of this book describe the systems and components of a typical house.
Chapter 10 is about saving energy. This chapter describes how to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient by sealing air leaks and adding insulation —and you can do it yourself.
Chapter 11 has four maintenance checklists – one for each season.
Chapter 12 has a list of average life expectancies of systems, components and appliances in a typical home.
Home ownership is a great experience, and home maintenance is a great responsibility. This book will help you enjoy both.
Enjoy your house!
Read the first 32 pages and table of contents of the book at https://www.nachi.org/now.htm
When inspecting a garage door, I find it important really look at the hardware and shaking it before operating the door opener. I go all the way down the track moving it. I then move across the door (Making sure the latch is not latched) and on to the other track. Look for anything that may damage the door when you open it. Garage doors are very large objects and the last thing we want is for one to be damaged during operation. So Remember to give them a good shake before you push the button.