Posts Tagged ‘education’

Thanks to Home Inspector Kevin Rose for sharing this photo.

” The ENTIRE plumbing system was updated about 20 years ago” says the seller!
Bay Minette, 1950’s house.

Yet another good reason to get a home inspection. Are you going to go into the crawlspace under the home to inspect it?

Old drain pipes



I have written about the amount of hours by approved vendors that is needed to stay up to date and in good standards with both and the states requirements for both Florida and Alabama.

As of a few days ago Inspection World 2015 ended a week long session of educational training classes in Philadelphia, PA. I am told there were nearly 600 home inspectors attending the available classes!

Through inspectors can get several on-line hours throughout the year plus a web site  forum for inspectors to ask other inspectors questions and get some of the latest information on different ways to perform inspections.

Let’s not forget all the “Tools” required. My wife thinks I have enough tools (toys) already, but…..there is always something new.

I have started looking into Drones for use on some of the high roof tops I can’t reach with a standard ladder. Currently there are some restrictions due to FAA regulations. I will keep looking into it and hope to pioneer this field.

Here is just one of many samples I found on the internet



I have recently been reminded of an old quote I first heard as a young adult  “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. ” 

I’m sure most people understand the need for continuing education. At Ellis Inspection Services, we take it very seriously! You might wonder how much can change in the home building industry, well, let me tell you…

There are a multitude of new building techniques daily. Along with each new technique, someone has to learn to put them together, and someone still needs to learn to inspect them. Every item out there gets tested somehow, weather just through time, some gravity, proper and improper installation etc. It is a huge cycle. 

I typically start my day off at 5 a.m. , get through my e-mail then review and study particular home inspection techniques through threads and blogs on the Internet for half an hour so. During the course of an average day I speak to the other inspectors that work with us, and I read a few selected periodcals related to home inspections and building. 

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) requires 20 hours of contineuing education annually by pre-certified institues. Each hour of credit usually takes close to two hours of study and prep time. 

Each certification and or group reqwuires more training and studies. Building codes, mold, air quallity, water quality, green, infrared. Now when your through studying you have to apply what you’ve learned. 

These are just a few reasons why hiring an experienced well trained, educated and practiced home inspector is so important.