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A day in the life of a home inspector: Bruce LaBell

LaBell also uses time between and after appointments to look for weekend and other opportunities to be an instructor for AHIT and American Society of Home Inspectors. He teaches not only future home inspectors but also real estate agents taking continuing education courses.

AHIT success stories: Jerry Linkhorn

Linkhorn Inspection Group, which did 110 inspections in its first year of business, completed 2,363 inspections in 2015. Only two years ago, Linkhorn’s business had three inspectors and company cars, tripling its size in 48 months.

Virginia legislature passes home inspection law

The new law will take effect July 1, 2017 to give the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation time to prepare and implement the program.

AHIT success stories: Dan Kutchin

AHIT alumnus Dan Kutchin started Northern Wisconsin-based HomeEx in 2012. Five years into the business, the couple’s home inspection service has hit its stride.

Tips for preparing a home for changes in climate

Every household should have an emergency plan that includes an emergency kit containing a flashlight, first aid supplies, spare keys, cash, a change of clothing, sleeping bag, a three day supply of bottled water and copies of important documents and forms of ID.
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Bonus rooms and additions (Part two)

In part two, AHIT senior technical instructor Bill Ross discussed three additional areas that inspectors should scrutinize when inspecting bonus rooms and additions: attic conversions, heat sources, and decks.
Attic conversions
Attic spaces and lofts are often converted into habitable rooms. The minimum dimension for any habitable room by most codes is 7 feet, with a total minimum area of […]

Bonus rooms and additions: Same safety measures apply

Bonus rooms and additions should be inspected for the same issues of safety and habitability as the rest of the property.

How to inspect winterized, foreclosed or vacant homes

Inspecting a winterized/foreclosed home does not entail a different inspection report or different inspection procedures compared to a lived-in home. Yet there are definitely issues that can arise in a winterized/foreclosed home that you typically will not come across in a lived in home, for obvious reasons.

A truly green home is golden

When inspectors test a home for volatile organic compounds, which are chemicals that in higher volumes can contribute to health problems inside homes, they should consider the unhealthy effects of fragrances of any kind and natural substances, such as citrus or pine, according to Blazovsky.

Home inspection marketing 101

A successful home inspector is a business owner utilizing proven home inspection marketing tools and methods in order to promote the services that they offer to potential clients and referral sources.