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With A Little Help From My Friends: A Home Inspection Insurance Pre-Claim

Sep 15, 2019
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The following is a real home inspection insurance pre-claim from our insurance claim archives. In order to protect the insured’s identity, all identifiable characteristics—including names, associations, and locations—have been omitted or removed. A year after their inspection, a client began to perform renovations to their recently purchased property. Upon removing some exterior siding by the…

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Top 5 General Liability Claims Against Home Inspectors

Sep 1, 2019
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If you’ve followed our series on the top claims against home inspectors, you know that most industry allegations involve errors or omissions, which mean they are filed against inspectors’ E&O coverage. (For those of you who’ve missed them, check our articles on the industry’s top claims here. We recommend starting with the Top 5 Claims.)…

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Claim 12: Windows

Sep 1, 2019
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Four months after completing an inspection, a home inspector received a series of text messages from his clients, the home buyers. In the texts, the inspection clients alleged that their home inspector had failed to report wood rot and subsequent leaks in seven windows on the property. The clients did not provide any information regarding…

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How to improve your marketability with referring party indemnification

Aug 15, 2019
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During a recent home inspection, you missed the polybutylene pipes in the attic. When your clients, the home buyers, discovered your error, they were furious. They didn’t just sue you; they sued everyone involved in the home’s sale. That included the real estate agent that referred the job to you. What is referring party indemnification?…

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Claim 11: Septic

Aug 1, 2019
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Three months after completing an inspection, a home inspector received a letter from his client’s attorney demanding that he pay to repair “the failed septic system” and a number of other defects his clients had found in their new home. The letter ordered the inspector to inform his insurance company, so he did. But, since…

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3 most common insurance policy pitfalls

Aug 1, 2019
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Did you know that not all insurance policies are created equal? Or that policies can exclude some business practices? If you don’t know the ins and outs of your policy, you could end up buying less coverage than you need. In this article, we go over three of the most common insurance policy pitfalls plaguing…

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How to protect your tools and equipment

Jul 15, 2019
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Earlier this year, one of our insured home inspectors sent his radon monitor in for calibration. When the servicing was complete, the manufacturer shipped the monitor back to the home inspector. But, when the inspector returned home, the radon monitor was nowhere to be found. The inspector put in a claim with the radon monitor…

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Claim 10: Electrical

Jul 1, 2019
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Four months after his inspection of an older home, a home inspector received a letter in the mail from his former clients, who, due to concerns about the age of their newly purchased and first home, had a licensed electrician assess the property’s wiring after the initial home inspection. According to the electrician, there were…

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The Sinking Yard: A Home Inspection Insurance Claim

Jul 1, 2019
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The following is a real home inspection insurance claim from our insurance claim archives. In order to protect the insured’s identity, all identifiable characteristics—including names, associations, and locations—have been omitted or removed. “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk…

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Workers’ Comp for Home Inspectors: Everything you need to know

Jun 15, 2019
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Several months ago, we were reviewing a home inspector’s workers’ compensation policy. Unbeknownst to that home inspector, their insurance carrier wasn’t familiar with the property inspection industry. Despite their lack of experience in the inspection space, the carrier didn’t want to turn the home inspector away. Instead, the insurance company categorized (or grouped) the home…

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