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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Ladders: Are they the Best Tool for the Job?

Ladders are the oldest tool still in use today. These amazing tools date back approximately 10,000 years.  Despite being around for ages, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently did a study and discovered that in the last decade 81% of fall injuries among construction workers treated in the U.S. involved a ladder. Ladders are a crucial tool of the trade which requires little to no training, making them time and cost efficient. However, that same study said that 43% of FATAL falls have involved ladders. With statistics like that, shouldn't ladders be banned from job sites?

Experts in the field agree that ladders should be the last choice when trying to work at an elevated height. They have been the preferred method for decades but at such a high cost. Companies have been getting fancier with ladder design in hopes of making them safer by adjusting the base width and adding platforms at the top to address safety concerns, but then they aren’t as portable or easy to use. Researchers have determined that a key issue with ladder safety is fatigue. Standing and balancing on a step is tiring and leads to fatigue. If the ladder is being used for hours, workers end up taking shortcuts. Workers will reach a little further if the ladder is a little short they will just “make it work”. Luckily in the past 15-20 years, companies have started to focus on the tools and equipment that make it safer for workers vs. workers having to make a decision to be safe.

With the cost of incidents and damages rising, it’s become less acceptable and more costly to use a ladder on job sites. In the U.S. we have typically blamed the worker for a fall, but in most cases, companies provide workers with a poor tool for the expected job. Some countries have gone as far as making laws to sue or imprison supervisors for not doing a proper risk assessment and watching any worker who is working at elevated heights. The employer is held responsible. If everyone knew they were going to be held liable, perhaps companies would look closer at preventing the use of ladders and lowering the risk to their workers.

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