How Home Inspectors Can Stay in Sync

One of the most powerful features of both the iPhone and the iPad is the ability to automatically back up your data, including your apps, music, inspection reports, contact list, photos, notes, calendar information and voice memos, any time you connect to the web. The benefits of syncing your device are two-fold‚ÄĒfirst and foremost, syncing with an outside source like iCloud provides a fast and simple way to back up your data. Should your device break or get stolen, your data will be stored elsewhere and can simply be imported onto a new device. Secondly, syncing between your devices allows you to transfer valuable information, such as contact lists, between your iPhone and iPad in an instant. There are lots of different ways to sync your devices and each one is deserving of its own post. To keep this short and simple, here’s a run down of the major hubs where you may want to sync your device.

 

One way to ensure that all of your data gets backed up both to an outside storage service and gets shared between your devices is to sync to iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service. As a side bonus, iCloud can also help you track down your device if you misplace it and can prevent those who shouldn’t see your data from breaking in. Head right over here to learn how to set up iCloud on your phone or iPad.

 

You can also sync your phone to most major e-mail providers including Google Gmail. This can be especially useful if you use those services to manage contact information on your sellers and home inspection clients or to manage your daily home inspection appointments. Syncing both your contacts and your calendar are similar processes. Here’s a quickie how-to on sharing contact information between devices and one on sharing calendar info.

 

If you use Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange, don’t worry. You can sync too. Head here to read up about connecting your Outlook calendar to your devices and here for information on setting up Microsoft Exchange on your iOS device. Yahoo! Mail, Contacts and Calendar users can step right this way to learn about how Yahoo! can work with the iPhone and iPad.

 

Of course, we’re always here to help too. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to info@tapinspect.com or call our customer service line at 502-414-1440.

What Your Home Inspection Clients Don’t Know…

Part of the challenge of being a home inspector is simply educating current and future clients about what you do. While the American public has a general idea of what home inspectors do, misconceptions abound. Here are the most common myths you may need to dispel for your clients:

What They Think:

A Home Inspection is a One-Stop Shop

According to¬†a 2012 American Society of Home Inspectors¬†(ASHI) survey¬†of 2,262 adults, the vast majority believe that home inspectors are important but they’re not sure exactly why. 84 percent of survey respondents believe that a proper home inspection is a necessity, but 12 percent of respondents confused a home inspection with an appraisal and a walloping 28 percent “believes the purpose of an inspection is to verify that a home complies with local building codes.”

What They Think: 

A Home Inspection is Comprehensive

When home buyers enlist your services, they may think that they’re getting every inch of their pad inspected.¬†A¬†2011 ASHI survey¬†of 2,122 adults showed that the many home buyers believe that components such as septic systems, electrical wiring and plumbing behind drywall and swimming pools are always included in their home inspection even though you may not include them in yours.

According to ASHI, a standard inspection report covers home basics including:

“…the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. The report will include covered systems and components the home inspector finds that are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives”

What They Think: 

All Home Inspectors are Certified

The thing home buyers seem confused on most is your credentials. 70 percent of buyers believe that home inspectors must be licensed or certified to perform a home inspection in that state. They don’t, meaning that if you do have a license, certification or outstanding credential, it’s worth your while to educate clients on how you’ve gone above and beyond and what that extra education can do for them.

June 2012 News Home Inspectors Can Use

What’s going on in the world of home inspection:

* InterNACHI is taking over the world one city at a time. The¬†Inspector Marketing Tour¬†focuses on helping home inspectors effectively market and promote their businesses. The best part is, it’s free (sort of). The $99 entry fee buys you a $99 voucher for home inspection products, services or InterNACHI membership.¬†The tour¬†kicks off in Wichita, Kansas on August 13.
* If you’re looking for a more tropical way to bone up on those continuing education credits, look to the islands. The¬†Puerto Rico Home Inspection Semmer [sic] Jamboree¬†happens on June 23.
* Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) has a veritable boatload of conferences happening throughout the year. The¬†2012 ACI California Home Performance Conference¬†kicks off June 5 through 6 in Sacramento.¬†Sessions¬†range from panels on retrofitting single family homes to how to successfully talk to clients. A double bonus is that a limited number of¬†scholarships¬†are available. If you can’t make it in June, don’t sweat it. The¬†ACI Mid-Atlantic Home Performance Conference¬†kicks off in October.
* If you’re still some continuing education credits short, the¬†North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector Association¬†can hook you up. The group offers three separate continuing ed opportunities in Asheville July 27-28, New Bern August 17-18 and Greensboro August 24-25.¬†Early birds who register in advance¬†get a sweet discount.

* If you missed the Atlantic City Inspection Conference this past weekend, don’t sweat it. The¬†2012 Pittsburgh Inspection Conference¬†running from September 7 through 9 is now registering attendees.

* Our Communications Director is a little obsessed with homes overrun by snakes. This story has given her nightmares all week long.