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As a home inspector, you have two jobs – the first is to inspect the home, and the second is to create a report. The inspection report is your final product – the client relies on it to make critical decisions regarding the real estate transaction, and the report needs to be clear and concise. No matter how good or thorough your inspection is, what really counts is what you include in the report and how you say it. Report Writing has it covered from start to finish: the basic elements of proper defect comments; words to never use in a report; creating report comments that are clear for the client while minimizing your liability; report system ratings; summary pages; and report comment mistakes to be avoided. Dozens of defect photos and well written comments are presented, along with many report writing tips and numerous suggestions for pre-set report comments. Also included is a discussion on report styles, formats and delivery, as well as the current “state of the art” in home inspection reports.
Illinois & Oregon: 3 CE hours; all other states: 4 CE hours
Deck and porch collapses are a common occurrence with literally thousands of people injured every year. This course provides a comprehensive look at inspecting decks and porches, including a detailed deck inspection process to be followed in the field. Deck failures and their causes are discussed and a review of typical deck and porch defects is offered. Proper ledger board attachment is closely examined. AWC DCA 6 beam and joist span tables are explained. Safe deck construction techniques from the International Residential Code, the American Wood Council and the North American Deck and Railing Association are presented, along with new, IRC approved ledger board fasteners. Joist/beam connections, beam/post connections and post/footing connections are included.