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  • 15 Mar 2016 7:22 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Home Inspector Training for Firefighters, EMTs, Police Officers, and Military Veterans

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    • Firefighters
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    If you're crafty enough to have got yourself a pension (or are looking for to transition to business ownership between shifts), then you should be qualified, not just certified with All American Training Institute's Home Inspector Training.

    Our nationwide training programs and online courses prepare you for a successful career as a home inspector. Taught by instructors with 25 years of experience and their own home inspection businesses, you’ll learn all the rules and regulations specific to your state, as well as every skill necessary to attract and appease clients - especially repeat clients like real estate agents.


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  • 18 Feb 2016 9:26 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    It's HERE!  Now you can study from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace!  Call the membership department at 855-735-2021 or Click Here for Online Classroom Training!


  • 12 Feb 2016 8:00 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Everything you need to know about Home Inspection and Real Estate. Our product offerings are specifically designed to help you develop and enhance the skills needed to launch or advance your home inspection career!

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  • 04 Feb 2016 12:30 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    With the growing number of houses available for sale on the market, buyers are more conscious about the condition of the property and require complete report of the current condition of the house for sale and other important factors that may affect the value. Because of this, the interest for the New home inspection is on the rise. The new home inspection is a document which provides the buyers with a full inspection report of the property conducted by an experienced and high qualified inspector. The inspection report provides the conditions of the property and makes buyers aware of the potential expenses they may face once they buy the house. Therefore, the buyer can decide if he/she wants to buy the property or not. The same new home inspection report can also be used by the sellers to help them prepare all needed property related documents. Here are three major benefits of the new home inspection.

    Read more at: 

    http://www.3benefitsof.com/3-benefits-of-new-home-inspection/

  • 15 Oct 2015 1:04 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Home inspections are an indispensable part of the home-buying process. Buying a home without one is the same as buying a car without even kicking the tires.

    Any good real estate agent will recommend you include a home inspection clause when you make an offer on a house. That usually means you’ll be paying for the inspection, so you need to know what you’re getting for your money.

    The Value of a Home Inspector

    A qualified home inspector combs a property’s visible and accessible areas to identify any health and safety problems, positive or negative conditions of the property and any conditions that need further specialized attention.

    An inspection includes structural elements such as the roof, foundation, walls, windows, doors, insulation, basement or crawlspace and attic. Electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems are also part of a home inspection. It can even include examination of appliances and should also report any evidence of termites.

    Once the inspection is complete, a home inspector provides a written, comprehensive report detailing any issues with the home.

    Some important things to remember about home inspection reports:

    • No home is perfect. It is not uncommon for a report to include 50 or more issues.
    • This is not “pass” or “fail.” The inspection gives you the information you need to decide whether or not to buy the home “as is” or negotiate with the seller to either fix (some of) the problems or reduce the price.
    • This is not a warranty. The report identifies issues found the day of inspection and cannot predict problems that may arise a few months or a few days down the road.

    You Are Not A Home Inspector

    Home inspection is another one of those jobs best left to professionals. Few of us have the expertise to identify electrical, plumbing and structural problems. Combine that with the emotional factors of buying a home, and it’s easy to see whypotential buyers are not the ones who need to do the inspecting.

    With that said, it’s a good idea to accompany your home inspector so you can ask questions and see the good and not-so-good for yourself.

    Read the rest of this article at: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/why-smart-homebuyers-hire-home-inspectors/

  • 10 Sep 2015 5:29 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    The perfect home simply doesn't exist. Why? Well, in a brand new home, the contractor often is not aware of shortcuts taken by his subcontractors, and government building and code inspectors do not have the time or the budget to inspect everything in every home, so most government inspectors simply do a spot-check of homes in new subdivisions. A home that has been lived in usually has damage that occurred from simply living in it, or additions or remodeling that weren't permitted. That's why buyers need a professional home inspection.

    The purpose of a home inspection is to document the overall condition of the property at the time of the inspection and to ensure that its major systems and components (water heater, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are installed properly and working properly. The home inspection is not a warranty since the home inspector is only there for a couple of hours and never saw the home or its systems being built, so he has no idea about any quality control processes. While some items identified during the course of a home inspection might seem like minor items individually, collectively they could add up to major headaches involving both time and money. If sellers know what to look for, they can resolve many minor items before the buyer's home inspection.

    Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.augustarealestateandhomes.com/Preparing-Your-Home-For-An-Inspection.ubr


  • 18 Aug 2015 10:17 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    A home inspection is almost a guarantee whether you're purchasing or selling your home. Here are some great pointers about working with your home inspector whether you're buying or selling a home. Great article read from realtor.com www.realtor.com/advice/buy/7-things-your-home-inspector-wishes-you-knew/

  • 16 Jun 2015 5:37 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    1. Do you perform repairs or just home inspections? Some homebuyers seek the advice of a general contractor rather than a home inspector. Avilla-Kintz, a Real Estate Broker from San Diego says that's a mistake, as they provide expertise from a different point of view. "A home inspector is typically checking the roof or the appliances if they're included in the home," she says. "A general contractor is coming in from a repair standpoint and can quote for whatever repairs need to be done." In fact, providing both services could create a conflict of interest, because buyers can't always distinguish between necessary repairs and optional upgrades.  

    After the home inspection, you may want to hire a specialist or general contractor to find out how much a kitchen renovation or plumbing upgrade might cost. "Get the unbiased opinion first," Avilla-Kintz says. "Then you bring in the contractor to quote for what those repairs are." 

    2. Are you bonded and insured? Stephen Gladstone, a Connecticut home inspector and author of "The Field Guide to Home Inspections," says a surprising number of home inspectors don't have insurance. "Somebody with employees should really have workers’ [compensation], and they should have errors and omissions insurance in case there is something significant that they miss," he says. 

    Say the inspector falls through the attic or slips while inspecting your roof. If the company doesn't have the appropriate insurance, it may sue you or the current homeowners or try to put a lien on the property. So make sure the company is insured before the inspector sets foot on the property. "Whenever one party is sued in the transaction, it tends to pinball all over the place where everybody ends up in the lawsuit," Avilla-Kintz says. "You're avoiding personal liability by making sure that they have their own insurance." 

    3. Can you provide references? It's a good idea to check the inspection company's references, according to Scott Pruitt, vice president of operations for Commercial Building Consultants in Orlando, Florida, which has a home inspection division.

    Pruitt suggests asking previous clients about whether the inspector arrived on time and inspected all aspects of the house, including the roof and attic. "Did they provide a comprehensive report that spelled out all areas of the home and the findings?" he adds. 

    Consider references with a grain of salt, however, because the references given are likely to be the inspector's most enthusiastic supporters, not a complete sampling of customers, as Gladstone points out. 

    4. Can I tag along on the inspection? Some homeowners leave the inspectors alone to examine the home, while others want to be more hands-on and follow along as the inspector works. If you fall into the latter camp, which several experts recommended, make sure your inspector is willing to walk you through the process. Gladstone says it's important to find an inspector who can communicate clearly and takes the time to explain things. "I offer my clients the opportunity to walk around with me and ask questions," he says. "More and more, an awful lot of my customers don't know much about the house. They want to know about the heating system and how to turn off the electric if there's a problem with the electricity."

    5. What does the inspection include? To compare inspectors, you need to know what the inspection includes (or doesn't include). Ideally, the inspection should be as thorough as possible. "We open every window we can open and test every outlet we can test," Gladstone says. "A lot of inspection companies don't test the appliances, but we turn on dishwashers and laundry machines to see if there's damages on the gaskets and stuff." The extent of the inspection may also vary by region. In Florida, for instance, it's common for inspectors to test the irrigation systems. 

    6. Will you send me a sample inspection report? The inspector should send you a detailed report after completing the inspection. Avilla-Kintz suggests asking to see a sample to make sure the information is presented in a clear and thorough format that's easy to understand. She especially appreciates reports that have a lot of color photographs because those images can clearly demonstrate problem areas and help during negotiations with the seller and his or her agent. 

    7. Do you have any special expertise? If you're buying a special type of property, such as a historic home or new construction, make sure the inspector understands the special considerations for those types of properties. Gladstone says older homes may have issues that newer homes don’t have, while recently constructed properties may have new materials and different types of framing that require a more critical eye. Homes with swimming pools also have potential issues. Inspecting a condo tends to be simpler than a free-standing home, Gladstone adds, so it's not necessary to look for someone with specific condo expertise. 

    8. How much do you charge? Notice that price is the last question mentioned. That's because shopping on price alone may lead to cutting corners. "You might be saving a couple of hundred dollars to hire the cheapest inspector," Avilla-Kintz says, "but you could be paying in a big way because the inspector wasn't thorough or the report was hard to understand." 



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