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.
“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.
InterNACHI offers a variety of ready-to-use forms for different aspects of home inspections, based on InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection. Home inspectors can customize them or use them as is. Download some of our latest forms at Home Inspection Checklists.
Members or their employers sometimes need a succinct letter that explains their InterNACHI certification, especially when your member ID or Member Certificate is insufficient. We’ve provided language that you can cut-paste to create a letter on your own letterhead, and it’s ready for you to customize: A Letter Explaining Your InterNACHI Home Inspector Certification.
In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article on engineered wood sheathing. Like OSB, it’s a sturdy and lightweight alternative to hardwood and has many applications. Read more about it in A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers.
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.
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!)