New article for inspectors: InterNACHI’s Drone Law Primer for Home Inspectors

Many home inspectors are finding it increasingly valuable to use a drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), to assist them in their inspections.  Not only is it safer in many respects, but it can make the inspection go faster.  It can also appeal to inspectors and clients alike who appreciate a more state-of-the-art approach to their inspection.  Lest you hesitate taking the leap because of the rapidly evolving regulations governing drone use, InterNACHI® General Counsel Mark Cohen has put together the ultimate legal guide for home inspectors who are interested in integrating drones in their home inspection arsenal:  Drone Law Primer for Home Inspectors.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection

Although home inspectors are considered generalists and are discouraged from quoting code in their inspection reports, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the latest requirements, especially regarding residential electrical systems.  Read this primer for some updates in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC):  Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection.

For Homeowners and Inspectors: What to Do After Disaster Strikes

While homeowners facing natural disasters are rightly focused on the steps to take to prepare for them, there’s the inevitable aftermath.  Read this article to find out what homeowners should do – and how home inspectors can guide them – along with the resources that may be available to help them rebuild and recover:  For Homeowners and Inspectors: What to Do After Disaster Strikes.

For Homeowners and Inspectors: Re-Entering a Flooded Home

The U.S. and Gulf Coast and Atlantic regions are seeing unprecedented storm activity this year.  Homeowners must do what they can to prepare for damage and flooding, but they should also take certain precautions afterward.  Read more in our latest article: For Homeowners and Inspectors: Re-Entering a Flooded Home.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting for Air Sealing at Kitchen and Bathroom Exhaust Fans

The majority of new home construction is deadline-driven, which means that, sometimes, minor but essential work may be performed haphazardly or not at all.  This is especially true of sealing around exhaust fans and ductwork.  If the opening cut for the installation of the fan box or duct leaves large gaps around the unit, air can escape into unconditioned spaces and create airflow and moisture problems that don’t reveal themselves until they become critical.  Proper installation at the outset can help prevent such issues.  Inspectors can read more about them in Inspecting for Air Sealing at Kitchen and Bathroom Exhaust Fans.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Ducted Returns

Inspectors who inspect homes that are being built or retrofitted with newer HVAC systems should know something about ductwork and air returns.  Making sure that airflow and return air are being moved through the system properly is vital for energy efficiency and comfort.  Read more in Inspecting Ducted Returns.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems

Cooling is essential for homes in regions that experience hot weather.  And it’s vital to get the right installation and balance for homes in climates that are particularly humid.  Find out more by reading Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems.

InterNACHI’s Standalone WDO Agreement for Inspectors

Whether you’ve been certified to perform Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections yourself or you use a subcontractor to conduct the inspections for you, InterNACHI® has you covered with our new Standalone WDO Agreements.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Compression Cooling Systems

New homes are being built to be more airtight and energy-efficient. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that their cooling systems are properly sized and installed.  Whether your clients are in the process of building their home, or you’re inspecting their existing home, don’t let them waste money or energy.  Read up on some helpful tips in Inspecting Compression Cooling Systems.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors

Insulation can help regulate temperature, ventilation and moisture control in crawlspaces.  Read about some important installation guidelines and inspection tips in Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors.