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.
While performing a sewer scope inspection falls outside InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice, many home inspectors offer it as an ancillary service because the information it yields can be very useful for homeowners, as well as prospective home buyers. Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the equipment, protocols, and benefits of a sewer scope inspection when deciding whether to offer this service by reading Sewer Scope Inspections for Home Inspectors.
“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.
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.
Home inspectors are about to be convinced of how easy it is to up-sell mold testing, as well as why it’s a sound business practice that can actually protect you. Read How Home Inspectors Can Up-Sell Mold Testing before your next inspection.
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.
Using a Customer Satisfaction Survey combined with an inspection book such as “Now that You’ve had a Home Inspection” reduces liability and gets you more inspection work. InterNACHI’s Customer Satisfaction Survey hits 7 birds with one stone:
- It gets the customer on record describing the quality of your inspections.
- It alerts you to weaknesses in your inspection services. Often a client it too shy to tell you face to face.
- It reminds your customer (in writing) that you don’t have x-ray vision and can’t find every defect.
- It up-sells additional inspections by alerting your customers that you offer ancillary inspections.
- It provides you with written permission to discuss the report with others.
- It lets your customers know you care about their opinion.
- You can send a copy of the survey to the agent that referred you, so that he/she gets third-party feedback about you.
InterNACHI’s Customer Satisfaction Survey is free. There are several versions available depending on whether or not you provide your customers with a book.