Home Inspector Continuing Education Is Very Important

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

One of the most difficult things home inspectors have to try to fit in is continuing education.  I like to do 30 hours a year, or more.  But, it is time consuming and can be expensive traveling all over the country.  There are classes on line, but they are not so good, and the topics are old hat and ones I have had before.

It is important to learn new things.  There are so many new products, techniques and practices out there.  It really is impossible to keep up with it all.

I was contacted a couple of months ago by Simpson Strong Tie about a continuing ed class they offered in Baltimore.   But I was going to Atlantic City for the Rain Camp and could not do it.  When they contacted me again about another one just down the road from my house I had to jump on it!  It was yesterday, offered in Fairfax VA.

 

 

Simpson produces structural attachments, fasteners, hangers, anchors, epoxies, braces, nails, well, you name it!  You have all seen their stuff!

They are very proud of their product line, including thousands of offerings.

The class was interesting, including all of their new products.  And they do it no charge to the attendees.

But I was particularly interested in wind and earthquake effects on construction, and also corrosion.

 

 

The class was full of engineers, with about sixty people attending.

All power point, with interesting videos showing proper framing, deck supporting, wind and earthquake effects on construction and corrosion.

I learned a lot!  It is amazing how well a house can be protected from wind and even earthquake with just a couple hundred dollars of fasteners and hangers, put in the right places, creating a "continuous path" from roof to foundation, and installed properly!

I was impressed, with these facts and their presentation.

And they fed us a great lunch!  This is the class shuffling back in after the lunch break.

For those who answered questions first, they had a few hats.  And I got one! 

 

It was acquired immediately!

Simpson Strong Tie does these continuing ed classes all over the country.  This class was good for 7 hours, accepted by everybody.

I highly recommend them for home inspectors.

My recommendation:  since we all have to take these kinds of classes, it may as well be in something we don't know or something new!  To me that is more enjoyable than the same old, same old just to get hours into the tank.

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Rainmaker
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Home Inspections

Hey Jay, I attended a four-hour class put on by Simpson a few years ago, and I agree, that was a fantastic class. I learned that pretty much every single deck gets gets constructed wrong.

May 19, 2011 02:44 PM #23
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You bet Señor Reuben.  Usually the connectors, like carriage bolts, and hanger applications which are used and done improperly.

Wow, impressive they get out to the hinterlands!

May 19, 2011 09:52 PM #24
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Joe Lane Richland
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"It was acquired immediately!"

Funny, and funny pic also!  :)

May 20, 2011 03:47 AM #25
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Great info, it is amazing how $100 worth of better placed bolts etc could make the difference in whether a home stands tall or is wiped out.  Hope the knowledge gets put into practice.

May 20, 2011 04:55 AM #26
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Ray Waisler
Finance of America - Atlanta, GA
NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA

Jay, I am a firm believer in continuing education as well. In order to be the best in your field, you must continue learning. It's a never ending cycle.

May 20, 2011 05:14 AM #27
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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
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I have always taken advanatage of as much continuing education as I can and think that it's definitely better to make that time count and learn something new than waste your money just to get the hours. We will never know it all!

May 20, 2011 05:30 AM #28
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Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND
BSEE, CHI

As a home inspector it is difficult to not fall into a pattern of expectations about what you might find in certain properties or after viewing certain conditions.  Continuing education can serve to present new things but also remind us to not get caught in the rut of canned comments.

With out entering into any debate about the various Home Inspector associations and their relative merits I would say one of them offers a ton of free continuing education which I find of decent if not superior quality. Being free really helps motivation.

May 20, 2011 09:12 AM #29
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Yes .. I agree continuing education for ant profession is important. I am also a CPA and I have to do 40 hours per year plus the 15 hours every two years for a real estate agent. Time is hard to find to do the CPE.. Thanks for the blog

May 20, 2011 10:15 AM #30
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yeah, Joe.  I bring stuff like that home and it doesn't even get a chance to be set down on something!

Lyn - there were NO builders at this training, but lots of engineers.  Hopefully the engineers are including that sort of thing into their specs!

I agree Ray.  I have a quote in my office by Michelangelo, said when he was 87 (he died at 93), "I am still learning."  Great quote.  I have seen his resume!

 

May 20, 2011 02:10 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Great philosphy Sylvie!  I concur, completely.  And might as well have some fun while doing it!

I agree with that too Marshall.  And I take a lot of that on line stuff to which you refer!

You are a busy man Bob!  With lots of continuing ed!  Keep on keeping on!

May 20, 2011 02:12 PM #32
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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The way technology and best practices keep evolving, people who don't embrace continuing education are really missing out. (And so are their clients!)

May 20, 2011 05:12 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Frankly Marte, nobody can keep up with it all.  Even online!

May 20, 2011 11:52 PM #34
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

It can be hard to make the time for continuing education but it is well worth it and fun to learn new information!

May 21, 2011 09:00 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Patricia - time is the hard part in trying to factor the benefit of the deal.  The education should be fun!

May 21, 2011 09:52 AM #36
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jay,

I have been doing some of their on-line classes. Very good information there also.

May 21, 2011 12:26 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Great Don.  I was really impressed with their presentation and depth of information.

May 21, 2011 01:17 PM #38
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Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
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Jay - they just had a rep at our Home Depot!  I think they are trying to make is somewhat a regular workshop.

May 21, 2011 06:10 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Robert - and it would be wise for homeowners to go!  I had a very educational experience at the workshop.

May 21, 2011 10:45 PM #40
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I think with any proffession it is important to keep educated in your field.  Glad to see you are up on it and advising others.

May 22, 2011 10:46 AM #41
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Agreed Gene!  I try to do as much as I can find time for!  I think it is very important.

May 22, 2011 02:11 PM #42
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