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From curtains to crawlspaces: How one woman joined the home inspection industry

Mar 15, 2019
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In our Inspector Spotlight series, we take a closer look at individual inspectors making an impact on the inspection industry. Most home inspectors agree that women are underrepresented in the inspection industry. However, just how few female home inspectors there are is difficult to pinpoint. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, women…

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Who can sign my pre-inspection agreement?

Mar 1, 2019
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Two years after the inspection, a multi-inspector firm received a county court summons. Within the summons, the inspection company’s former clients made a litany of allegations: Termites occupied multiple areas on the first floor, including the garage. One of the anchor plates on the basement wall was “moldy musty.” The bottom of the heating unit…

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Claim 7: Pests

Mar 1, 2019
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Note: The following is a condensed version of a longer article, which we created for The Managing Risk column. The column reviews the most common allegations in the industry and provides tips to make inspectors better equipped to prevent claims. For the full version, read the original here. Over two years after performing a home and pest inspection,…

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Top 5 ways to protect your business from drone-related claims

Feb 15, 2019
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This is Part 2 of a two-part series on drone inspections. Start with Part 1 to learn why and how home inspectors are using drones to better serve inspection clients. Read it here. Last year, in an article for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Nick Gromicko, founder of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors…

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Claim 6: Structural Damage

Jan 31, 2019
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Note: The Managing Risk column reviews the most common allegations in the industry and provides tips to make inspectors better equipped to prevent claims. In a recent claim, claimants alleged that a home inspector failed to detect structural deficiencies in the property. The claimants alleged that the inspector failed to identify that the wrong sized…

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Bird's-Eye View: Why home inspectors are trading apologies for drones

Jan 31, 2019
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This is Part 1 of a two-part series on drone inspections. Be sure to tune in February 15th to learn five ways to avoid drone-related claims. Before drones gained popularity in the industry, Jon Bolton of The Inspectagator in Florida had an inspection of a two-story property. He couldn’t get up on the roof without an extension…

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Military veteran finds joy in educating home buyers

Jan 14, 2019
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Welcome to our first home inspector profile. In our new series of profiles, we take a closer look at individual inspectors making an impact on the inspection industry. For military veteran Bronson Anderson, it was difficult to transition from military service to the private world. A former infantryman in Iraq, there were not many ways…

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Claim 5: Plumbing

Dec 31, 2018
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Note: The Managing Risk column reviews the most common allegations in the industry and provides tips to make inspectors better equipped to prevent claims. Last fall, one of our home inspectors received a claim alleging that he failed to identify the existence of polybutylene pipes during his inspection of a condominium two months earlier. The…

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Top 5 Claims Against Home Inspectors

Dec 31, 2018
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Last year, we published an infographic featuring the top five claims home inspectors face each year and what you can do to mitigate your risk. One year later, those allegations—water damage, roof issues, foundation defects, mold, and plumbing problems—continue to be common. We revisit each claim type by looking at recent claims from our archives…

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Inspection assets: How to store inspection contracts, reports, photos, and videos

Dec 14, 2018
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In Massachusetts, claimants alleged that a home inspector missed over $30,000 in property damages. According to the claimants, the inspector failed to identify a bow in the exterior wall along with resulting water, structural, and pest damage. The crawlspace that exhibited most of the issues was inaccessible at the time of the inspection, and the…

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