Thinking about starting an InterNACHI Chapter in your area? Forming your own Chapter is easy and fun. We will help you. Besides, being an officer in your own local Chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors is great for your business. If you're worried about finances, don't worry. We have the "Reward Without Risk" Policy, which is written to address both financial scenarios that InterNACHI event hosts or InterNACHI chapters could encounter when holding an InterNACHI event.
INFORMAL CHAPTER and MEETING INSTRUCTIONS
If you wish to have an informal InterNACHI Chapter/meeting, here is how to get it up and running:
Get a website made. Think up a name for your new Chapter. InterNACHI will have a large banner made for you, no charge. To get started on your chapter website, email our Technology Assistant at Lisa@internachi.org and tell her you want to start a chapter in your area. She’ll help you through the setup process. Here are a few good examples: http://fl.nachi.org/jacksonville, http://ok.nachi.org/nachioklahoma, http://co.nachi.org/colorado.
Write a chapter description. This is for the “About” page, which will be the landing page for your site - the first thing people will see. Put any important information here.
Get the “Reward Without Risk Policy.” Read https://www.nachi.org/rewardwithoutrisk.htm and learn about how you can get financial loss protection for your events.
Plan your first event. Schedule a time and place for your first meeting. Many industry speakers are available. Hotels that offer a conference room, drinks and discounted room rates are best. We do not reimburse for food and beverage cost. Do not offer an open bar, if you offer one at all. If the hotel needs money up front, InterNACHI will provide you with the necessary funds. It would be best if it were at least two months away (the minimum for advertisement through us is 45 days) so that it can be properly advertised and so that you can secure a speaker if you want. And remember, it doesn't have to be at a conference room or convention center; many successful chapters have their meetings at a local restaurant or cafe (and if that's the case, be sure to call ahead and ask if it's okay). InterNACHI can help you secure a space after you decide on a date.
Get a speaker. If you want a speaker for your first event, we recommend InterNACHI founder Nick Gromicko. He’s available to present his “Business Success Tips for Inspectors” to all Chapters at no charge. Here is a list of dates he is already busy: https://www.nachi.org/freenick.htm. Otherwise, find a speaker from a local business, i.e., waterproofer, HVAC, electrician, civil engineer, CPA, attorney, REALTOR, environmental consultant, chimney sweep, pest exterminator, or anyone else who can deliver a short talk during the meeting.
Announce your event. Email email@example.com once you have put your announcement up on your chapter website so that InterNACHI can advertise the event (remember our minimum 45-day notice). InterNACHI staff will email a formal announcement to all nearby inspectors on our mailing lists.* We will post the formal announcement link on several pages of NACHI.org.* We will also inform and remind all nearby InterNACHI members by email.* You can post the event on various message boards. If you are a member of another national or regional association, post it on your association message board, chat room, e-forum or website. Create a postcard and mail to everyone. InterNACHI will pay for printing and postage. Call the local newspapers and ask them to cover the event. Send the local newspapers press releases announcing the event.
Invite the public. Email the invitation to every inspector within 400 miles. You can use the Internet to find email addresses. This is the most important step. Just like in any endeavor, advertising is key. Email nearby states, too. People have traveled long distances to attend an InterNACHI meeting. Invite local realtors. The invitation to local realtors is a great marketing piece for your business. Make sure the invitation states that you are the local Chapter head and include your home inspection business contact information. Drop off the invitations to all the local real estate agents in your area. It is good for your business and will enhance your position in your local market.
Get freebies for your event. Try to get some freebies to hand out, i.e., radon kits, inspection report software, tool catalogs, discount coupons, literature from your speakers, etc. Ask and you will receive! These sponsors will gladly ship you door prizes to give away. Contact them directly and have them ship to you ahead of time. Contact InterNACHI at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will have additional door prizes shipped to you. Many sponsors will provide you with a certificate (instead of the actual door prize).
Follow up on everything. Keep checking in with the hotel and caterer, etc., periodically to assure that the room, coffee, drinks and snacks will be ready. Or, if you’re meeting at a restaurant or cafe, keep checking in to make sure that your space is still reserved.
Enjoy your meeting! On the evening of the meeting, hang your banner, provide name tags, and set up a sign-in sheet to get the names and addresses of attendees. Have a great time, and remind everyone there when the next meeting is.
Invite local realtors. They may not come, but receiving an invitation from you is good for your inspection business. Being the President of your own Chapter of InterNACHI enhances your position in your local market.
InterNACHI Chapter meetings are open to ALL inspectors*, so expect to have many more non-InterNACHI members than InterNACHI members in attendance.
Attending a Chapter meeting counts as one hour toward your Continuing Education requirements.
Most Chapters do not charge dues but do charge for the dinner if they have one (usually $20-$35). InterNACHI will cover any unexpected expenses.*
Upon request, InterNACHI will build and host your own Chapter website at no charge.
* Note: InterNACHI does NOT cover cost overruns for secret or closed-door meetings. You are free to hold such meetings without having InterNACHI create and send out a live-linked, formal announcement, but cost overruns for such meetings will not be reimbursed by InterNACHI. Only open-door meetings for which InterNACHI was given ample opportunity (at least 45 days after the event is posted on a website) to properly advertise them will qualify for cost overrun protection. If you are concerned that you will come up short when it's all over... don't. Simply get InterNACHI the information below in plenty of time and your cost overruns (if any) will be quickly reimbursed to you. Most Chapters charge enough at the door to cover all their costs and then some. Chapters may keep extra money they collect. Read https://www.nachi.org/rewardwithoutrisk.htm
To have your chapter meeting advertised via USPS and email, send an email to email@example.com with the following details 45 days prior to the meeting date:
your shipping address;
your phone number;
your email address;
the name of your chapter (example: Arizona Beach Chapter);
the website address of your chapter; (https://www.nachi.org/chaptersites.htm)
the day and date of the meeting;
the start and end times of the meeting;
the names of any technical speakers (example: John Smith of Smith Heating & Plumbing);
the location (example: Holiday Inn Ocean View);
the address of the venue;
the phone number of the venue;
the website for the venue;
any applicable room discount for overnight guests (if you got one);
any dinner menu and average cost (usually $20-$35 per person); and
other instructions to include in the formal announcement.