What are you doing or providing that increases the perceived value of your inspection services more than it costs you to do or provide them? InterNACHI® Founder Nick Gromicko breaks it down for you in For Home Inspectors: Maximizing Your Perceived Value.
Whether you’re a sole proprietor or are expanding into a multi-inspector firm, it’s vital that you spell out your home inspection company’s makeup and obligations in an operating agreement. InterNACHI® has provided sample templates for both types of LLCs here: Sample Templates: Operating Agreements for Home Inspection LLCs
Although testing for mold falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, it’s a service that’s in high demand, especially for homeowners who live in flood-prone areas, and those who live in older homes. Unchecked mold indoors is a serious threat to a home’s structure. And it also poses severe health risks to family members. Inspectors who are considering offering mold testing should start by reading Mold Testing for Home Inspectors.
Home inspectors can offer water quality testing with inexpensive testing kits and simple training. Alternatively, they can use private or state labs for both kits and analysis. Either method provides useful – and sometimes critical – information for their clients. Read more in Water Quality Testing for Home Inspectors.
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.
Are you a home inspector who’s thinking about moving to another state but are concerned about all the questions surrounding re-launching your inspection business, too? Follow the roadmap laid out by author and InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector® Gabe Semenza by reading Tips for Relocating Your Home Inspection Business, and learn from his first-hand experience.
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.
Home inspectors are required by InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice to inspect sump pumps and pits. Their lids or covers have special requirements, too, in order to ensure the unit’s proper operation. Read more about them in Inspecting Sump Pump Covers.
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.