Lead water lines: a home inspector’s perspective

- Nevertheless, most home inspectors can quickly identify the presence of lead water piping, often from across the room. . The first indicator that you may have lead piping is the presence of something called a “wiped joint”, which is a big swollen ball of lead that can always be found at the transition between lead piping and other types of piping ..More

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Attention home inspectors: there has never been a better time to join ASHI

- This is huge! The local chapter here in Minnesota, called the Heartland Chapter, is currently at over forty members. That has been a sticking point for many inspectors who attend chapter meetings but are not members of ASHI, because annual dues for ASHI national are $424, and new members must also pay a $25 application fee. . To join the chapter, one must also be a member of ASHI ..More

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4 Things Homebuyers Really Want in a Home Inspection Report

- Unless your customer is with you through the inspection, all she has to go on are your words and some photos. . Use the notes section to give her meaningful information that helps clarify the full scope of a defect ..More

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Should home inspectors recommend other professionals?

- If you’re a good contractor looking for more work, I recommend contacting your local home inspection groups and offering to teach continuing education classes. Just be sure that you’re also a good teacher and can put together a decent PowerPoint; if you can’t do those things, it’ll probably be a waste of your time. . We’re always looking for good professionals to teach classes to keep us up-to-date on the latest industry requirements and trends, and most of us appreciate having high-quality professionals to refer business to ..More

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Q&A: When do smoke alarms need to be hardwired?

- Ohio recently became the fifth state to require photoelectric smoke alarms; see the news story here. While photoelectric smoke alarms aren’t required in Minnesota (yet…), I urge everyone to put them in their home. . If you’re not sure what type you have in your own home, you probably don’t have photoelectric. Even if you rent, go buy some battery operated photoelectric smoke alarms and install them. It’s not a big investment, they’re easy to install, and they could save your life. Oh, and one more thing ..More

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