New document for inspectors: InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template

As a home inspector, do you have employees?  Whether they’re administrative staff or additional inspectors, be sure you’re in compliance with state and federal employment laws by downloading InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template.  InterNACHI® General Counsel Mark Cohen has eliminated the guesswork for you by including provisions that cover employment terms, salary, paid time off, workplace accommodations, employee grievances, and more.  Customize it for your own company’s needs, and have your own legal advisor review it so that it’s a sound document that you and your employees can rely on:  InterNACHI’s Employee Handbook Template.

Home Inspector Ethics: Why Not Pay to Be on Brokers’ Lists?

What happens when some provision of a professional code of ethics collides with another provision of a different profession’s code of ethics?  How about with the law itself?  Find out about some of the far-reaching ramifications by reading Home Inspector Ethics:  Why Not Pay to Be on Brokers’ Lists?

Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link

InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen has some simple advice for home inspectors with websites who want to avoid legal hassles with unhappy former clients down the road — advice that he’s given to harried inspectors 95% of the time!  Read Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link.

Writing Inspection Reports in the Past Tense

Should inspectors write their report observations in the past tense?

I say, “Yes.” It may help reduce your liability.

Isn’t the report a document stating the condition of the property at the time of the inspection? Yes. Then why use the present tense?

Read “Inspection Reports:  Past or Present Tense?” here.