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Do you have a summary in your home inspection report? - 01/30/08 10:47 AM
I have included a summary in my report since 1995, or when I started inspecting homes. Why do I include a summary? I guess the main reason is that if as a buyer I needed an inspection I would want to have a summary in my report. As a buyer I would want to know the high points or the problems that were found during the inspection without sifting through pages and pages of a report. I have always treated my clients like I would want to be treated, this could be why I have been successful in my business. I'm trying (27 comments)
I have mold so now what? - 01/27/08 12:11 PM
It happens every year, just like clockwork. As the home sales slow so do the home inspections and this is when many home inspectors start harping about mold testing. They are trying everything they can to keep their sales up and their bills paid. The home inspector profession is divided into a couple of groups when it comes down to mold testing. You have the group of inspectors who do not test for mold. This group tends to be comprised of the more experienced or seasoned group of inspectors, they do not really offer or sell ancillary services to increase their sales. (35 comments)
New ASHI websites - 01/13/08 05:37 PM
FYI!!! ASHI has just launched it's new inspector website http://www.homeinspector.org This is for home inspectors and the old http://www.ashi.org is now the consumer site. If you belong to ASHI the members only section with the new discussion board is accessed through the www.homeinspector.org site. Give it a try, most of the site is working now. (2 comments)
InspectionWorld in New Orleans Jan 16-19 - 01/11/08 09:07 AM
Just around the corner is InspectionWorld . All ASHI folks should know about IW as it is ASHI's annual educational conference. This year it is being held in New Orleans, LA. Low price airfare make it easy to fly into New Orleans. Hotels range from the $70's to as high as you want in the Downtown and French Quarter area. The Hilton Riverwalk Hotel is the site for the conference. It is not too late to sign up. Many come for just a day if they can't fit the three days into their schedule. I will be at the entire conference as I (3 comments)
Online tips is a good site - 01/08/08 10:57 AM
I have noticed that many of the blogs that we are seeing have information from http://www.onlinetips.org/ , it is a great resource that if free for anyone to use. After you start looking through it you might recognize a good amount of the information on the site. If you need just basic information and in some cases fairly detailed information you will find it on this site. Everything from installing water heaters to door knobs can be found. Don't forget that if you use the verbiage from the site, you should acknowledge it as not being your own work. (0 comments)
New AR Blog Group for Licensed Home Inspectors or soon to be licensed! - 01/05/08 03:04 PM
I could not find a specific site for home inspectors in licensed states or in states that might become licensed. I started a new AR Blog Group site Licensed Home Inspectors so that we can talk about licensing issues or anything that has to do with home inspector licensing. In 2008 it looks like we might have 2-3 states who will be looking at if not enacting home inspector licensing. This will make for a good place to keep all of the information out in the open in a non-association atmosphere. This will also be a good place to post any educational programs in the (16 comments)
TN home inspectors you need 32 CE hours this year!! - 01/05/08 02:28 PM
This year 2008, will be the first year for Tennessee home inspectors to face the license renewal process. This coming June/July and the following months, will be the first time that licensed home inspectors in Tennessee will need to have continuing education for their license renewal. State law requires licensed home inspectors to have 32 hours of board approved CE every two years. For many of us who are involved in the profession and attend various seminars around the country this won't be much of a problem, but I'm afraid that many inspectors in the state will be caught not having the required (6 comments)
The Eleventh Commandment of Marketing! - 01/02/08 04:56 PM
Thou shall market to others as you would want them to market to you! I have been self employed since 1991, four years selling real estate and the past twelve years as a home inspector. For most of my self-employment history, I have marketed to others as I would want them to market to me, much to the chagrin of a few national trainers. At first I did as I was told and made those chilling Cold Calls and believed that when a person said NO that they were really saying YES! I had drunk from the glass of marketing Kool-Aid, but (3 comments)
Fretting over Frosted Windows? - 01/01/08 11:30 AM
Are those frosted or milky looking windows making you fret? Well they should! Frosted window take away from the value and the beauty of a home Many people (including many home inspectors) believe that the problem with Fog, Condensation or Moisture in their windows means that the window seal has broken and needs to be replaced. This is False about 75% of the time! The foggy or condensation window problem really boils down to the inability of the window's desiccant material to absorb the moisture that naturally builds between thermal pane windows. The desiccant has absorbed all that it can and it is (9 comments)
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