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Choosing a Home Inspector

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You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, searching for mortgages, and trying to get the very best deals.  Do not stop now.  Do not let your real estate agent, a "patty-cake" inspector, or anybody else convince you into skimping here.  InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections by far.

InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees countless times over.  They do more, they deserve more, and -- yes -- they generally charge a little more.  Do yourself a favor... and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.

Licensing of home inspectors only establishes a minimal standard.  Much like being up to code, any less might be unlawful.  Imaginary individuals, children, psychics (who declare to "detect" if a home is good) and perhaps pets can be home inspectors.  InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, front-ends its membership requirements.


InterNACHI inspectors:

have to pass InterNACHI's  Online Inspector Examination  every year.  (This basic, not association-specific exam, is available and free to all);

have to complete InterNACHI's online Ethics challenge program. (This open-book Ethics course is available and complimentary to everyone);

have to take InterNACHI's online Standards of Practice examination (This open-book Standards of Practice quiz is available and free to all);

have to sign and present an Affidavit;

have to comply with InterNACHI's Standards of Practice;

have to follow by InterNACHI's Code of Ethics;

have to continue pursuing techniques and education (24 hours annually), per InterNACHI's Continuing Education guidelines;

have to keep a Member Online Continuing Education record (free), per InterNACHI's Continuing Education guidelines;

have to submit four mock inspections to InterNACHI's Report Evaluation Committee (free) before performing their first compensated home inspection for a buyer (if the applicant has never performed a fee-paid home inspection previously);

within 30 days of joining, have to successfully finish InterNACHI's comprehensive online Standards of Practice course (free);

within 60 days of joining, finish InterNACHI's comprehensive online Roofing Inspection course (complimentary), including all the tests within, and pass its final exam;

within 3 months of membership, apply for a member photo I.D. (free);

have to re-take and pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Examination again, every year (complimentary);

have to attend no less than one chapter conference or educational seminar every two years (reasonable exceptions apply);

have access to Inspector's Quarterly, delivered to their home;

have access to InterNACHI's free Visual Aid Inspection Frames to help them learn;

have access to InterNACHI's free library for improving their inspection skills;

have access to InterNACHI's message board for exchanging ideas and techniques;

have access to InterNACHI's "What's New" section for them to stay in touch with the trade;

have access to InterNACHI's specific-topic advisory panels;

have access to "Dear InterNACHI" for detailed advice;

have access to a time-tested Inspection Agreement, which holds them (and you) out from lawsuits;

have access to InterNACHI's Report Review/Mentoring service;

have to submit passport photos for their club membership I.D.;

have access to InterNACHI's free online inspection courses;

have access to a real estate agent hold-harmless clause;

have access to InterNACHI University;

have access to the InterNACHI shopping center;

have a customer hotline for their clients;

have access to an Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Service; and

have access to a customer Satisfaction Survey.

So, the when you need to recommend your customers to home inspectors, make sure they're active members of InterNACHI.

Click or call to set up a Home Inspection in the Houston Area

(832) 322-1481


From Choosing the Right Home Inspector - InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/blindc.htm#ixzz2mhciKEsi

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Travis Hooper has been in the residential construction industry for more than 15 years.

In fact, Travis Hooper was a residential construction manager for more than 10 years in the Houston area. Because Travis Hooper knows exactly how a home is constructed from a empty lot to a finished new home, his proficiency in residential home issues is deep.

Travis Hooper also has more than 5 years experience rehabbing older homes for the City of Houston Housing and Community Development. That experience has given him great knowledge of construction techniques used from the 1900's to present day homes in the Houston area.

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