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Why home buyers get home inspections — and why they don’t

Jul 15, 2018
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As a home inspector, you understand the value of your job. But do your clients? We asked recent purchasers why home buyers get home inspections — and why they don’t — so that you can better set client expectations and market your services. Why they do In 2001, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the American Society…

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Tail Coverage: How to preserve claims coverage when you leave a franchise or the industry

Jun 15, 2018
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Planning for retirement? Interested in another field? Thinking about selling your business? Then you should consider home inspector tail coverage. No matter your reason for making a career shift, it’s important to know how the change could affect your insurance coverage. After all, no one wants an uncovered lawsuit from an old client to damper their…

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Home Inspection Contract Language: Top 5 Things to Include in Your Pre-Inspection Agreement

Jun 1, 2018
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Pre-inspection agreements are home inspectors’ foundations. Without them, clients are left to assume the nature of inspections. And as inspector and mentor Jan Banks stated in a previous article, clients for whom expectations aren’t set often believe inspections are warranties. That leaves inspectors subject to a lot of unnecessary risk. But simply having an inspection…

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How to write a report that clients understand

May 15, 2018
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Second only to pre-inspection agreements, reports provide home inspectors with great claims protection. By providing a detailed account of both defects and sufficiencies, inspection reports can provide evidence of the home’s condition and the inspector’s competence at the time of inspection. Inspection reports can support an inspector’s defense and lead to quicker claims resolution. Better…

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InspectorPro Home Inspection Insurance: Top 5 Reasons to Choose Us

May 15, 2018
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Why purchase InspectorPro home inspection insurance? Because we give home inspectors more than other insurance providers. Here are our top five benefits: 1. First-Rate Risk Management Stop worrying about how you might get a claim and start doing things to prevent them. Our risk management team publishes new material twice a month so that you…

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How to avoid the two most common claims against home inspectors

May 1, 2018
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From roof leaks causing water spots to catastrophic floods undermining structural integrity, water intrusion and damage contributes to the two most common claims against home inspectors. Accounting for nearly half of claims against home inspectors in the past three years, water damage poses a serious risk to inspection businesses. In this article, we provide insights…

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The Furnace of Affliction: A Home Inspection Insurance Claim

Apr 15, 2018
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The following is a real home inspector errors and omissions insurance claim from our archives. In order to protect the insured’s identity, all identifiable characteristics—including names, associations, and locations—have been omitted or removed. The Complaint Nearly two years after the original inspection date, Marty Shaw received a call from a home inspection client. The client,…

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Endorsements: Spend money to make money in your home inspection business

Apr 1, 2018
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To some degree, every home inspector has followed the old adage, “You have to spend money to make money.” Most home inspectors have paid for certification and training courses, licensing and business registration fees, and inspection tools and equipment. However, some inspectors take their spending to another level by adding additional services to their inspection…

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Mitigating risk through communication

Mar 15, 2018
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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker and writer in Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement As addressed in our last article, which discussed…

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How to work with more realtors

Mar 1, 2018
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Wondering how to start working with more agents? We asked brokers for the qualifications they seek and inspectors for the strategies they employ. But before we get into tips for home inspection marketing to realtors, let’s establish why such marketing may be beneficial. Why work together Research suggests that home inspector-realtor relationships benefit inspectors. According…

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