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  • 29 Aug 2019 10:53 AM | Anonymous


    With the shift to a greener and energy conserving world, it is important that your home inspection business also shifts. People who are looking to make their home more energy efficient, might be looking to you for advice. With that in mind, it is important to be educated and prepared on what makes their home more green. 

     

    Provide the home owner with a Home Energy Score. This U.S. Department of Energy rating was created to give people a simple understanding of just how efficient their home is. The scale ranges from 1 to 10. 10, being the highest level of an energy efficient home. This allows your customers to have a full understanding of where they currently stand and how many more adjustments need to be made to improve their efficiency. In order to do this, however, you will need to get certified by the Department of Energy. 

     

    Give home owners a list of ways they can be more energy efficient. Include things such as install low-flow shower heads, seal windows, add insulation to your attic, install a storm door, install solar panels, and anything else that could benefit the client. These adjustment suggestions will leave them feeling content. 

     

    Bringing energy conservation into your conversations with customers will show that your business is evolving with the times. You will be seen as more dependable and will hopefully be recommended to others for your initiative. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • 07 Jan 2019 9:44 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Gov. Kasich signs home inspector licensure into law on his way out of office

    Jan 7, 2019

    By Scott Williams, Ohio REALTORS Chief Executive Officer

    The top legislative priority of Ohio REALTORS for more than a decade -- home inspector licensure -- becomes a reality later this year, after the measure was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich late last week.

    The effort to establish a home inspector licensure system in Ohio, which was amended into Senate Bill 255 in the waning days of the 132nd General Assembly, will bring critical consumer-focused oversight to the last remaining unregulated aspect of the home buying process. Ohio will become the 31st state affording home buyers the assurance that the inspector they hire is properly trained to evaluate and assess the home's condition prior to finalizing what is likely the largest financial transaction they will make in a lifetime.

    The measure established a regulatory board that includes representation from the home inspector profession that will adopt standards of practice, requirements for education and create a pathway for consumers to have their complaints addressed. Additionally it:

    • Requires home inspectors to have 80 hours of pre-licensure education including classroom instruction, online instruction or in-the-field experience.
    • Establishes a three-year license, with a requirement for 14 hours of continuing education annually.
    • Ensures that consumers have access to qualified inspectors by creating grandfathering criteria that closely match current practices and standards.
    • Stipulates that a real estate licensee is not required to give a home inspector referral. However, should a licensee choose to refer they must give no fewer than three names.
    • Finally, the law establishes a Home Inspector Recovery Fund. Consumers who obtain a final judgement against a licensed home inspector may seek payment from the fund (up to $40,000). 

    Click here to Read the Full Story

    *Source:  Ohio Realtor's Association

  • 18 Sep 2018 3:36 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    What the Defect

    Wis. Act 338, effective July 1, 2018, modified the home inspector statute, Wis. Stat. Chap. 440, to create consistency between the offer to purchase and the home inspector’s report. 

    Offer to purchase

    The 2011 WB-11 Residential Offer to Purchase defines a “defect” on lines 182-184 as: “a condition that would have a significant adverse effect on the value of the Property; that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the Property; or that if not repaired, removed or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the premises.”

    Home inspector definition 

    The definition of “defect” in the inspection report is now substantially similar to the definition of “defect” in the offer to purchase. Wis. Stat. § 440.97(2m) “Defect” means a condition of any component of an improvement that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of a property or that, if not repaired, removed, or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the component of the improvement.

    Therefore, as of July 1, 2018, when a home inspector calls something a defect in the inspection report, the condition must meet the definition contained in the home inspector statute of Wis. Stat. § 440.97(2m).

    Discrepancy in the rules and statute

    As of July 1, 2018, the home inspector administrative rules of Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 131 are inconsistent with the statutory changes of Wis. Stat. Chap. 440. However, even though the rules use different regarding verbiage and terminology that are inconsistent with the new statutory language, the statutory language supersedes administrative rules. The home inspector administrative rules will be updated, but until then, note the statutory language of Wis. Stat. 440 controls the practice. Home inspectors are also required to be educated about the statutory changes. 

    Wis. Stat. § 440.975(3) After completing a home inspection, a home inspector shall submit a written report to a client that does all of the following:
    (a) Lists the components of an improvement to residential real property that the home inspector is required to inspect under the rules promulgated under s. 440.974(1) (b).
    (b) Lists the components of an improvement to residential real property that the home inspector has inspected.
    (c) Describes any condition of an improvement to residential real property or of any component of an improvement to residential real property that is detected by the home inspector during his or her home inspection and that, if not repaired, will have a significant adverse effect on the life expectancy of the improvement or the component of the improvement. *
    (cm) Describes any defect that is detected by the home inspector during his or her home inspection. A home inspector is not required to use the term “defect” in describing a defect in the written report required under this subsection. A home inspector may not use the term “defect” in a written report required under this subsection unless that use is consistent with s. 440.97 (2m).
    (d) Provides any other information that the home inspector is required to provide under the rules promulgated under s. 440.974(1) (c).
    * The strikethrough represents the removed statutory language, while the underline represents new language added by the legislation to the home inspector statute.

    *Source WRA, Cori Lamont https://www.wra.org/WREM/July18/Defect/


  • 17 Sep 2018 7:18 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

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  • 01 Aug 2018 3:35 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)


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  • 18 Jul 2018 1:13 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Werner Recalls Aluminum Ladders

    Werner Recalls Aluminum Ladders Due to Fall Hazard

    979

    Name of product:

    Multi-Purpose Telescoping Aluminum Ladders

    Hazard:

    The ladders can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the user.

    Remedy:

    Refund

    Recall date:

    June 20, 2018

    Units:

    About 78,000

    Consumer Contact:

    Werner toll-free at 888-523-3370 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at customercare@wernerladder.com or online at www.wernerco.com and click on “News, Events & Recalls” located at the top of the page.

    Recall Details

    Description:

    This recall involves five models of aluminum telescoping ladders that can be used in five different positions (twin step ladder, stairway step ladder, extension ladder, wall ladder and as two scaffold bases). The date code is stamped on the inside of the outer leg of the ladder, beneath the bottom step. The model number is printed on a label located on the side of the ladder rail. The recalled ladders have a load capacity of 375 lbs.

     

    Model Number

    Date Codes

    Ladder Size

    MT-IAA-13A

    121744XX or 011844XX

    13 feet

    MT-IAA-17A

    17 feet

    MT-IAA-22A

    22 feet

    MT-IAA-26

    26 feet

    MT-IAA-26A

    26 feet

     

     

    Remedy:

    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ladders and return the ladder to the store of purchase to receive a full refund.

    Incidents/Injuries:

    The firm has received one report of a ladder breaking while in use, resulting in one injury to the left side and elbow of the consumer.

    Sold At:

    Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from April 2018 through May 2018 for between $180 and $275.

    Importer(s):

    Werner Co, of Greenville, Pa.

    Manufactured In:

    China

    Recall number:

    18-179

    Report an Incident Involving this Product

    This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

    Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

    To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov.

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