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Your Pre-Inspection Agreement: Limitation of Liability

Apr 1, 2020
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Almost a year after performing the inspection in question, a home inspector received an attorney demand letter for $4,600. Through their lawyer, the inspector’s client argued that their home had “defective roofing which should have been detected in the home inspection.” The claimant wanted to be reimbursed for replacing their roof and repairing damage to…

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Infrared Cameras: Redefining the visual, non-invasive home inspection

Apr 1, 2020
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For the past two decades, home inspectors have been inspecting using thermal imaging. By examining the heat given off by various property systems and components, many inspectors have discovered roof leaks, electrical issues, structural defects, and insulation anomalies. However, thermal imaging still isn’t commonplace. Due to the technology’s expense and imperfections, many inspectors have opted…

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6 Strategies to Succeed When Business is Slow

Mar 24, 2020
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Every business experiences highs and lows. Your home inspection business is no exception—especially if you’ve built it from the ground up. The lows can be daunting, but they don’t have to be a stumbling block to your success. There are steps you can take to not only mitigate potential losses and keep profits coming in…

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How to be a unicorn: A guide to differentiating your home inspection business

Mar 15, 2020
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In our Inspector Spotlight series, we take a closer look at individual inspectors making an impact on the inspection industry. “Unicorn Squad: We know that it’s the most ridiculous name on the planet. It’s kind of a joke. I mean, none of us were ever into unicorns before this. But it became this symbol of…

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Your Pre-Inspection Agreement: Exclusions

Mar 1, 2020
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Exclusions are items of risk specifically not covered by a contract to avoid excessive liability. In pre-inspection agreements, exclusions limit or eliminate your responsibility to inspect for certain defects or examine certain systems and components. By outlining the conditions and circumstances your inspection does not cover within your agreement, you can better serve your clients…

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When animals attack: How to protect yourself and your employees from animal-related inspection injuries

Mar 1, 2020
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Inspecting homes is a dangerous job. From slippery roofs to electrical hazards, rotted subflooring to invisible toxins, the average home inspector encounters countless perils during their careers. While inspection horror stories come in all varieties, many of the tales that have unhappy endings seem to stem from home inspection animal attacks. Most recently, the home…

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InspectorPro and Allen Insurance Announce Strategic Alliance

Feb 18, 2020
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Today, InspectorPro Insurance and Allen Insurance Group announce their strategic alliance for home inspectors. Through the alliance, Allen Insurance Group’s current insureds will gain access to InspectorPro’s exclusive errors and omissions (E&O) and general liability (GL) program. In 2009, InspectorPro revolutionized the insurance space by offering insurance policies tailored to home inspectors’ unique risks. Today,…

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Corp, LLC, or Sole Proprietorship? Choosing the right entity type for your home inspection business

Feb 15, 2020
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Whether you’re just now entering the home inspection industry or have been an inspector for years, establishing and maintaining your own business is no small feat. One of the most common questions we receive from new or growing inspection companies is what type of business entity they should create. In this article, we hope to…

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Your Pre-Inspection Agreement: Scope

Feb 1, 2020
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Your inspection scope. Merriam-Webster defines the term scope as an “intention” or “object,” meaning “the goal or end of an effort or activity.” One objective of your pre-inspection agreement is to define the scope, or purpose, of your inspection. According to Matthew Steger of WIN Home Inspection in Pennsylvania, including the scope in your agreement…

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To test or not to test? Examining the garage door pressure test | Part 2: The Inspectors’ Perspective

Feb 1, 2020
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Part 2: The Inspectors’ Perspective In Part 1 of the series, we examined how the two nationally recognized Standards of Practice (SoPs), written by the American Society of Home Inspectors’ (ASHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors’ (InterNACHI), address the reverse jam test of garage doors. Both SoPs state that home inspectors are…

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