Alyssa Cink

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Preston Sandlin: The Crazy Pants Podcaster

By Alyssa Cink / July 1, 2022

In our Inspector Spotlight series, we take a closer look at individual inspectors making an impact on the inspection industry. Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina wears many hats in the inspection industry. He also wears a lot of pants—crazy pants, that is. On Instagram and TikTok, Sandlin’s audience knows him as Inspector Crazy Pants.…

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Out of Sight: Home Inspection Claims from Concealed Defects

By Alyssa Cink / June 1, 2022

After closing on their dream home, a couple began the exciting process of renovating the property’s basement. They had big plans, including replacing the toilets. In order to work on the plumbing, the couple had the pipes depressurized. Shortly after being pressurized again, the pipes in the basement’s laundry room started to leak. The basement…

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The Cast Iron Catastrophe: A Home Inspection Insurance Claim

By Alyssa Cink / May 1, 2022

The following is a cast iron plumbing claim from our home inspector insurance claim archives. To protect the insured’s identity, all identifiable characteristics—including names, associations, and locations—have been omitted or removed. Weeks after his initial home inspection, a client asked his inspector to perform another service. He wanted the inspector to visually inspect the plumbing…

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Home Inspectors: 8 Ways to Stamp Out Burnout

By Alyssa Cink / April 1, 2022

In September 2020, Stephen Hill of Hill Property Inspections, LLC in Pennsylvania asked the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors’ (InterNACHI) forum for tips on managing time while writing reports. Despite having four inspector-employees, he was working 16-hour days and often didn’t have time to eat. He wanted his team to continue producing detailed, user-friendly…

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Insurance vs. Bonds: What Home Inspectors Should Know

By Alyssa Cink / March 1, 2022

If you run a home inspection business, then chances are you’ve encountered the term “surety bond” and wondered if it applies to you. You may have asked yourself: What does it mean to be bonded? Are bonds a type of insurance? If I already have a bond, do I still need insurance? Some individuals refer…

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Flipped Home Inspections: More Than Meets the Eye

By Alyssa Cink / February 1, 2022

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” Although composed in the fourth century BC, this line from Plato’s “Phaedrus” continues to resonate with audiences today. Those who’ve worked with flipped homes understand it all too well. Flipped homes are a common grievance among home inspectors and buyers alike. While impressive…

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Home Inspectors

By Alyssa Cink / January 1, 2022

One morning in 1991, a Tennessee power lineman drove to work expecting another routine Monday. His first job of the day: cut down a three-wire voltage system with a residential connection. He’d performed this task more times than he could count. However, one small mistake in his work attire transformed an ordinary Monday into a…

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Recommendations in Home Inspection Reports: 6 Ways to Limit Your Liability

By Alyssa Cink / October 15, 2021

Writing reports is about more than getting jobs done. It’s also about presenting yourself as a reliable, trustworthy source whose findings your clients can depend on. Indeed, a well-written inspection report can turn the tide from an overwhelming house hunt to a confident and informed purchasing decision. While it’s common to focus on how your…

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Crawl Bots for Home Inspectors: Are they worth the investment?

By Alyssa Cink / September 15, 2021

Crawlspaces aren’t exactly the highlight of a home inspector’s day. Stuffy, cramped, and poorly lit, these areas present a significant challenge. In fact, with some inspectors reporting hazards such as animals, exposed wiring, and toxins like mold and sewage, crawlspaces can be more than uncomfortable. They can be dangerous. It isn’t surprising, then, that many…

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Old, wooden hatch to crawlspace, showing signs of age and crawlspace safety concerns

An Inspector’s Guide to Crawlspace Safety

By Alyssa Cink / August 15, 2021

It’s your first crawlspace of the day. You consider the host of dangers that await you, and your heart races. Suited up and armed with your flashlight, you face the entrance, ready to explore the dark, inner recesses of another property. Crawlspace Inspection Safety and Home Inspectors Inspecting homes is a dangerous job. From slick…

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Lisa Alajajian Giroux: Home Inspectors are Stronger Together

By Alyssa Cink / July 1, 2021

In our Inspector Spotlight series, we take a closer look at individual inspectors making an impact on the inspection industry. Home inspectors hold themselves to high standards. While carrying the weight of their firms’ success, inspectors must consider how their performance and reputation during each inspection will affect future business. This leaves little room for…

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