Home Inspectors: A True Value

A home inspection report generated by a professional home inspector can be the most important part of buying a home. As a home inspector you know that the inspection is intended to give homebuyers an unbiased, knowledgeable account of any identifiable issues within the home. All homes have defects. When you are on an inspection it is important to have the homebuyer accompany you so you can show them the little nuances or big projects that will come along, to prepare them for purchasing the property. The best report suggesting any improvements or repairs is required of you and by doing so you become irreplaceable to that buyer.

Knowing what homebuyers are looking for in an inspector will help you market yourself and your company. Your first step is making sure you are a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This designation will give you a leg up when homebuyers are searching for an inspector.

Every inspector does their inspection a bit differently, but the objects of inspection are universal. Here’s what needs review, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors’ (ASHI):

  • Heating system
  • Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
  • Interior plumbing and electrical systems
  • Roof
  • Attic, including visible insulation
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Structural components

You may wish to offer additional inspection services that can bring in additional work and customers. Some options are mold and mildew, WDO (Wood Destroying Organisms), roof and chimney and lead paint. Most of these additional services can be offered after receiving a certificate from taking a state approved course. Clearly you are not going to tear the home apart to inspect wiring and piping, but the more you have access to, the better your final report will be. You may also offer to return once correction work has been done to sign off that the listed issues have been fixed to code.

Builders Training Institute offers state-approved pre-license education and continuing education courses that are available online from any internet enabled device - which means your classes are available when you are. We offer OSHA & Industrial Safety Training, HUD Approved Manufactured Housing, A 4hr Lead Paint Refresher course and licensing required courses in most states!

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Florida Thermal & Moisture Protection Course

Here is an excerpt of our 1-hour online course “Thermal & Moisture Protection: Keeping the Weather Out” with Roger Peck. Water damage is a major concern in many building projects. Keep your clients dry and your profits high with practical moisture and weather solutions.  

Why should we install vapor barriers and foundation coatings?

We need to limit ground water moisture from entering the foundation walls.  It’s a common misunderstanding that concrete is waterproof!  Concrete and mortar are not waterproof!  Think of masonry products as hard sponges!

The best way to avoid moisture problems below grade is to design and install a system that keeps moisture from saturating the soil around the home.  Through the use of proven designs we can effectively divert the rainfall away from the building before it saturates the soil around the structure.

Nothing is more effective in keeping the foundation and crawl space dry than keeping the rain water and ground water from penetrating the perimeter of the foundation.

When a high water table exists, install a footer drain around the perimeter of the foundation and drain to daylight if possible. Through the use of proven designs we can effectively divert the rainfall away from the building before it saturates the soil around the structure.

The footing drain needs to be installed as soon as possible after the foundation waterproofing. If not done soon, it may require extra hand digging due to collapse of surrounding soil from rain and loose soils around the excavation. This extra work may be ignored or done incorrectly, resulting in incorrect slope or no slope in the footer drains. Or worse, if the drain material is flexible, workers may allow the line to move up and over the obstruction, resulting in a sediment trap and causing the drain to fail prematurely!

Remember: The surface drains should never be allowed to connect to the floor or footer drains!  This means the surface water or gutter drains can only be installed after the footer drains have been covered and backfill operations have begun.

Builders License Exam Prep & State Approved Continuing Education

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