Why Water Heaters Need a Second Look

- Some recommend practicing a TPR valve test on a new water heater that’s not in operation so you’ll learn by touch what it should feel like. . As with most things, there is a level of experience that some inspectors rely on to show whether or not a valve is defective before it’s opened. Then if you encounter one in the field that resists opening, you’ll have a better idea about whether to leave it alone ..More

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Creating Your Own Home Inspection Niche

- When you have the one thing that everyone needs, and you do it better than anyone else, you’ve got more control over your business and your future. . There’s a reason why some professionals in any industry can set their own rate and call their own shots. And the longer you do it, the more highly regarded and easily recognized you’ll be ..More

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Home Inspection Customer Complaints: Report or Handle Alone?

- Your inspections are thorough, reports are concise, and referrals are coming in. . But then it happens: A disgruntled customer makes a complaint and wants you to make it right. You’ve been in the home inspection industry for a while, and you’re doing a good job ..More

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Clothes Dryers: A Common Appliance with Uncommon Risks

- Cleaning the appliance is the other half. . Working RE says that as a home inspector, a good practice is to recommend that your client clean the vent at least twice a year. That helps keep the appliance use less energy to complete a cycle as well as reducing the risk of fire. Clothes dryers seem fairly user-friendly, but operating one is only half of the job ..More

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What Doesn’t a Home Inspection Cover?

- This leaves a lot of territory unseen, but it’s for good reason. Some customers might not realize that you don’t have any special skill set that lets you determine whether cracked asbestos tile is under carpet or old wiring is inside a wall. . An inspector doesn’t cut into ceilings or walls to find what’s inside, because that would damage the property. The same applies to floors. One of the first sentences in any Standards of Practice is that inspectors inspect what’s visible and accessible ..More

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