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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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Top 3 pest claims against home inspectors

Oct 12, 2018
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  American homeowners aren’t living alone. They share their homes with family. They share their homes with pets. And, whether homeowners know it or not, they share their homes with uninvited guests. Pests and the American household Insects, spiders, and other pests dwell right alongside us and have for quite some time. In fact, some…

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How to protect your business when you refer clients to outside inspectors or contractors

Sep 26, 2018
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Try as you may, you can’t always be a one-stop shop. Maybe your inspection business is still small, so you don’t offer many additional services beyond the basic inspection. Or maybe your client needs something that goes beyond the Standard of Practice (SOP).1 Regardless, if you’re unable to meet a client’s needs in-house, you’re likely to…

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Claim 2: Roof Damage

Sep 26, 2018
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This article was originally published in the ASHI Reporter: October 2018 Edition as part of InspectorPro’s monthly column Managing Risk. You can see how the appeared in print here. Second only to general water damage claims, roof damage claims—especially ones alleging roof leaks—are one of the most common claims against home inspectors. Why is roof damage common? Depending…

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5 Hiring Tips for Your Home Inspection Business

Sep 14, 2018
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Many of you are desperate for hiring tips for your home inspection business. After all, in a niche industry like home inspections and in a nation at 3.9 percent unemployment, it can be tough to find talent. But for many U.S. home inspectors, hiring is a must. Let your inspection business run understaffed and you…

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