News Home Inspectors Can Use – August 2012

Here’s what’s going on in the near future for home inspectors: 

* We’ve been promo’ing this a lot, but it’s worth noting-the Inspector Marketing Tour starts off with stops throughout Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada in August alone. The $99 entry fee buys you a $99 voucher for home inspection products, services or InterNACHI membership.

 

* If you’re looking for something a bit beachier, think about setting up a booth at the Florida Realtors 2012 Convention and Trade Expo. Running in Orlando August 8 through 12, the event is the perfect place to hobnob with your future clients. While you’re down south, stick around for the Florida Association of Building Inspectors conference in Fort Lauderdale September 22 and 23.

 

* Those heading a bit farther north can squeeze in a few continuing education credits by hitting up the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector Association conferences throughout the state. Continuing ed opportunities kick off in New Bern from August 17 through 18 and Greensboro, NC from August 25 through 16.Early birds who register in advance get a sweet discount.

 

* September’s a bit far off, but it pays to register early. The Pro-ASHI 2012 Pittsburgh Inspector Conference runs from September 7 through 9, the NAHI National Education Conference takes over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina September 13 through 16 and the Southeastern Home Inspectors conference hits Duluth, Georgia September 19 through 23.

Top 5 Online Hubs for Home Inspectors

If you’re feeling confused, flustered or aggravated by some aspect of your home inspection business, you’re not alone. These five resources are godsends for both new and seasoned home inspectors. In addition to getting answers to your questions, these online hotspots will connect you with other inspectors and keep you up to date on the latest news in the industry. Get your bookmarks ready. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. InspectionNews

There’s a reason that 1.5 million visitors have flocked to this site. Jam packed with info on virtually any and everything that’s happening in the home inspection industry, this free site’s primary strength lies in its active readership. If you need a little help getting started, head straight to this post.

2. American Society of Home Inspectors

It’s no surprise that ASHI makes our list thanks to their active membership, timely news posts and primary research on home buyers and inspectors. ASHI also gets our e-kudos because they want to help you find and retain clients. On top of providing easy-to-reach Standards of Practice and State Regulations, the organization also offers a list of continuing education and training institutions as well as an inspector search engine that can help clients find you. Even inspectors who aren’t ASHI members can benefit from the site’s comprehensive resources.

3. Joe Ferry

Ferry’s site is a veritable explosion of info on the legal aspects of home inspecting. A lawyer who specializes in home inspection cases, Ferry produces article after article designed to help protect inspectors should they run into trouble. This site covers everything from arbitrations to inspection agreements. Ferry’s great about answering questions from the crowd, even ours.

4. InterNACHI

When it comes to info on how to do what you do, InterNACHI is tops. The organization’s site offers updates on the latest newsactive forums for questions and debate and a solid home inspection blog that anyone can access regardless whether they’re an InterNACHI member. Like ASHI, members can also list their businesses in InterNACHI’s inspector search engine to drum up clients too.

5. Tap Inspect’s Blog

We may not be the biggest home inspection site out there, but we do provide tons of original articles that offer insider knowledge on the ins and outs of inspections. Plus our blog has one of the biggest collections of interviews with working inspectors available on the web. Happy surfing!

 

 

4 Ways to Save on Home Inspection Conference Housing

For inspectors in the know, January means just one thing—Inspection World. One of the largest and most prominent home inspector conferences in the country, the ASHI-sponsored event will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from January 4 through 7 and will  include 45 education courses, exhibits featuring more than 60 products and service providers, and an array of pre-conference courses designed to keep inspectors on top of changes in the field. The problem with attending out-of-town conferences is that housing costs can stack up fast. Here are four ways to save on conference housing at Inspection World and everywhere else.

Look for Group Rates

Conference heads want to draw you into the conference and keep you there. To ease the travel burden a little, many organizers (ASHI’s included) negotiate a discounted group rate that can save you some serious dough. Info on the Inspection World discount is available here. For all other conferences and events you attend throughout the year, call the conference head in advance to ask about discounted lodging.

Check Your Apps

There’s an app for doing home inspection reports (shameless plug) and there are several for helping you track down housing on the cheap. Our personal faves include Hotel Tonight, an app for the iPhone or Android designed to find last-minute rooms. Not only does the free app find rooms for up to 70 percent off, it also comes with a $25 credit when you use the promo code NEW25. Of course there’s a risk to waiting until the last minute to book a room. Inspectors who want to book farther in advance can price compare rooms with Hotels Near Me.

Rent a Home

Bypass hotels (and their pricey rates) entirely by renting someone’s home. Through Airbnb.com, travelers can rent anything from a spare couch to an island in Fiji, suite inside an actual airplane or Frank Sinatra’s estate. While, obviously, room in Sinatra’s former pad or living large on the Fijian coast will cost you, renting a room or condo near the conference can be hundreds less than opting for a hotel room.

Use Rewards

Hotel points, credit card rewards incentives, airline miles—all of these can be traded for free accommodation at your next conference. For inspectors using business credit cards for their expenses, reward points and miles can be redeemed for free hotel rooms as well as car rentals, flights and discounts on tourist hotspots at major destinations. Most major airlines and nearly all major hotel chains have partner deals that allow rewards holders to trade airline miles for hotel points or vice versa. Points.com also allows reward card holders to facilitate their own rewards trades.