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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 article 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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Claim 4: Mold

Nov 29, 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. View the article in print at the bottom of the page. Even if you’re not inspecting for mold—but especially if you are—it’s important to know how to avoid a mold claim.…

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Why you need an arbitration clause in your pre-inspection agreement

Nov 14, 2018
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Over a year after their inspection, one of our insureds received a letter from an attorney. The attorney alleged that the insured was negligent in performing the home inspection and failed to identify multiple defects. The letter demanded that the insured pay to cover the cost of repairs to multiple areas of the property. These…

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Claim 3: Foundation Damage

Oct 30, 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. Foundation claims are the third most common allegation against home inspectors. However, because foundations are literally the base upon which every home rests, foundation damage claims are also one of the…

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Top 3 Scary Home Inspection Stories

Oct 30, 2018
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In honor of the spooky season, we collected home inspectors’ most hair-raising tales. Inspectors entered the horror stories they were dying to share for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Now, we share the top three scary home inspection stories we received along with our favorite runner-ups. First Place: Dinner and a Show By…

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