Inspectors need to carry all kinds of tools with them in order to perform accurate inspections. Shingle gauges are small tools that help home inspectors – as well as roofing contractors and insurance adjusters – determine the wear and tear of asphalt shingles, along with any possible manufacturer’s defects that may prematurely shorten their service life. Read more about these handy tools that home inspectors can use during the roof portion of their home inspections in Shingle Gauges for Property Inspectors.
Different climates and even different jurisdictions have their own rules when it comes to residential guttering systems. Home inspectors should be aware of the requirements for their particular service area, and be prepared to inform their clients of the potential problems that an inadequate, damaged or neglected system can cause by reading Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts.
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.
Moisture intrusion is one of the most serious problems a home can experience. It can lead to rapid deterioration of many structural components. Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the best practices for installing some basic roof components that will help prevent water damage by reading Inspecting Step and Kick-Out Flashing at Roof-Wall Intersections.
“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 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.
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) recently adopted a newly revised Standards of Practice for Texas Home Inspectors to follow. Numerous significant changes were implemented that will affect how Texas HI’s perform inspections. All Texas inspectors are encourage to download the new SOP from the TREC website, from John Cahill’s website or several other sources. Additionally, here is a short presentation for inspectors or Realtors that describes the highlights and significant changes to the SOP. This “New SOP.pdf file” can be used to brief small audiences on the new SOP.