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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.
Illinois live class sessions
Classes at all locations start at 8:30am & 1:00pm. The fee for each class includes the course booklet and a certificate of completion. No food will be served during the sessions, but there are ample lunch venues nearby every class location, many within waking distance. A discount will apply if registering for more than one class. If multiple CE classes are purchased, you may select from any of our scheduled course times and locations (space permitting).
The fee for each course provides you with a username and password that allows you to proceed with the course at your own pace wherever you have Internet access. You can leave a session at any time and return to it at anytime later, picking up right where you left off (you must use the same computer). You can also review any material that you have already viewed whenever you like. Online courses have “built-in” quiz questions that must be answered as you proceed through the session. Upon completion of an online course, you email the course completion code to us so that we know you have completed the session and we can send you the appropriate certificate of completion.
Cancellation Policy and Additional Fees
Payment may be made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover or check. When paying by check, your seat will not be reserved until the check clears our bank. An administration fee of $25.00 will be applied to any returned check. To reserve a seat for any course, payment must be in full (no partial deposits). You may receive a full refund up until 10 calendar days before your scheduled classes, and a 50% refund from 4 to 10 days before your scheduled classes. There will be no refund for a late cancellation (up to 3 days before your scheduled classes). Any portion of a payment that can not be refunded will result in a QEGI credit that may be applied toward any future course (space permitting), service or product that we offer. QEGI cancellation credits will expire one calendar year from the initial date of cancellation. Note that for cancellations of courses purchased during any “Tax Time” or other special price promotions, the QEGI credit will expire at the end of the calendar year in which the class session was originally purchased.
You may change from one scheduled course to another without penalty, space permitting. However, an additional fee may apply if the course you are switching to is a more expensive course, as shown in the most current course listing at the time you request the change. For first time registrants of online courses, you may cancel the class and receive a full refund within 48 hours after we send you a username and password. After 48 hours, there will be no refund or cancellation credit. Additionally, there are no refunds or cancellation credits for repeat registrants.
Class completion certificates, in the format required by your state, are normally issued at the end of each class, or for online classes, are emailed to you at the completion of your course (except for Illinois, where a proctored quiz is required by law – the quiz is taken online and the certificate is emailed to you upon receipt in our office of a passing quiz report).
There will be a $10.00 administration fee, payable in advance, for re-issued paper certificates.
Register online or by calling us at 800-761-1698. Please leave a message if you get voice mail, and we will get back to you promptly. You may also email us with questions [ here ]. However you choose to sign-up, a registration confirmation, along with complete driving directions to your class location and a credit card receipt, will be emailed to you.
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