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Flood inspections in South Texas crucial in wake of Harvey

Longtime home inspector Chris Chirafisi offers this stark warning to anyone considering buying a home that survived the catastrophic flooding brought about by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas: “Water is the biggest enemy of a home. It’s not even close to second.”

Know your competition: 8 questions to ask before marketing your home inspection business

To effectively market your business, research first, then ask yourself several questions to determine your best approach to get ahead of the competition.

Help homeowners inspect their homes for air leaks

There are many obvious places in a home where air leakage is likely to occur. There are also several less obvious gaps, and as a home inspector, it is your job to point out these hard-to-find leaks to properly air seal a home.

Checking for proper fire protection between the garage and home

Unlike separations that exist between dwelling units, the separation between the residence and garage is not a fire resistance-rated assembly.

Reap the benefits of face-to-face, word-of-mouth marketing

American Home Inspection Training product manager Chris Chirafisi is also a licensed home inspector who uses up-close-and-personal marketing techniques to garner business.

Drainage-related issues a must on the home inspector’s checklist

Drainage-related issues can turn a dream investment into a nightmare for homebuyers. Home inspectors can come to the rescue for would-be homeowners by identifying drainage issues before a buyer seals the property deal.

Closed-Cell vs. Open-Cell Foams: Know the difference

In a closed-cell foam, the gas forms discrete pockets, each surrounded completely by the solid foam material. In an open-cell foam, the gas pockets connect with each other.

AHIT product manager featured in Curbed.com article

Janet Thomson's article, "Home inspections: What they are and why you should get one," published May 24, 2017, on curbed.com, discussed what home inspections are and why they are important.

Avoid warm weather mishaps: Inspect decks and porches for safety

Summer is almost here, and with the onset of warmer weather upon us, making sure our outdoor gathering spaces are safe becomes a priority.

How marketing can boost your home inspection business

Marketing is one of the most significant factors in starting a home inspection business. Though it can be costly up front, complicated and sometimes frustrating, marketing will ensure a home inspection business will grow and prosper.