Aug 28

National Home Inspection Examination

The National Home Inspector Examination® is the only independent, psychometrically-valid home inspector test in the county. The exam is developed, maintained and administered by Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). They are an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains exams for the real estate inspection profession. The NHIE tests a home inspectors knowledge of conducting a thorough home inspection as well as tests the skills in client relations, communications and report writing.National Home Inspector Examination Logo

Asking if your home inspector has passed National Home Inspector Examination® (NHIE) is a great way to know if he or she is really qualified to inspect your home. Not all home inspectors follow the same standards of practice, use the same report format or have the same background. Although there are national associations for the home inspection industry which have certification programs, the associations are driven by membership revenue and obtaining a certification can be easily accomplished by most any inspector regardless of their background, character, level of knowledge or dedication to the field.

Apr 09

Five Tips for Improving Your Inspection

The quality and smoothness of your home inspection depends greatly on the inspector’s ability to access all of the important areas of the home and be in a position to evaluate all of the home’s systems and components.

Below is a list of simple tasks which, if done by your seller, will make for a better outcome for all other key stakeholders.

  1. Request seller vacate property during inspection. In my years of inspecting homes, rarely has the seller’s presence helped the process and more often than not raises anxiety for your buyer and impedes the inspection process.
  2. Clear a path to electrical panels, water shut-off valves, attic hatches, crawlspace openings, fireplaces, storage rooms and sink cabinets.. Relying on the inspector to move furniture and other personal property opens the door for the inspector to not have needed access to everything or having a disgruntled seller on your hands when they seller comes home to find their belongings have been moved.

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  1. Replace burned out light bulbs. Having light fixtures which don’t operate leaves room for uncertainty for the inspector and ultimately your buyer and uncertainty can lead to buyer indecision
  2. Remove animals and clean up yard from animal waste. Having your buyer exposed to barking dogs or stepping on a dog pile while walking the yard can marginalize your buyer having a positive emotional experience.
  3. Make available remote controls for fireplaces and ceiling fans. Don’t count on an inspector being able to find the remote control to the seller’s fireplace or passing the fireplace off to your buyer as operable when the inspector is not able to operate fhe appliance.

Bring it all together your efforts in doing what you can to implement these tips with the seller will improve the outcome of your inspection.

Feb 05

Identifying 4 Types of Defects In Your Report

Your home inspection should identify four types of concerns regarding the condition of your home. The four types of concerns should be evaluated as part of your decision to purchase or not purchase the home.

  1. Major Expense – Repair or replacement of a home’s system or components which would be equivalent to $3,000 dollars or more to remedy.
  2. Critical Repair – Repair or condition which, if not addressed, could lead to a major expense.
  3. Marketability – Condition which could hinder your ability to sell the home to another buyer at a later date.
  4. Safety Hazard – Condition which poses an unreasonable risk to the occupants of the home.

An item or concerns which falls into one of the above categories should be considered a defect and be identified as such in your home inspection.

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