Times sure have changed in the home inspection business. A once thriving real estate market has given way to an environment where buyers are more determined than ever to get their money's worth... or simply willing to wait until they do. Savvy home inspectors realize they must either change with the times or stand still and watch as competitors and new business opportunities pass them by.
Like all other professionals, the best inspectors recognize that continuing education is the key to keeping up with the competition. Inspectors need fast and easy access to the best tools and most reliable information to ensure they can stand out from the rest of the pack. They know if they don't, their clients will be hard pressed to refer them over someone else who may be able to deliver a better value.
Meanwhile, home energy costs continue to rise, and buyers increasingly realize they need to consider this fact when making an offer. Best practice tools and techniques for estimating a home's level of energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality have also changed. Many inspectors with a background in traditional construction materials and practices of the past may not have much expertise in these latest technologies, or their relative cost effectiveness. Indeed new regulatory requirements may need to be disclosed to ensure all parties to the transaction are full informed.
Homebuyers are generally stretching to buy the best available property they can afford. Inspectors who can help them identify whether a property is energy efficient or not will be doing them a great service by helping them save money for years to come. This is particularly true if their inspection results in a Home Energy Rating (HER) that qualifies them for the favorable terms of an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM). And as sophisticated homebuyers become more environmentally conscious, can any business afford to overlook this growing trend?
If you are a home inspector and want to find out how to offer a Home Energy Rating as a part of your home inspections, contact us at 888-262-9009. EnergyCheckup™, A Service Provided by GeoPraxis, Inc. conducts low-cost workshops on how to inspect a home for energy efficiency and provide a state-of-the-art Home Energy Rating System (HERS) report. EnergyCheckup also certifies qualified inspectors as EnergyCheckup™ Certified Energy Inspectors.
For more information about energy efficiency in the home, inspectors should explore the following online resources:
American Society of Home Inspectors – The oldest, largest and highest profile organization of home inspectors in North America.
California Real Estate Inspection Association – A non-profit, consumer benefit organization loaded with information for inspectors and their clients.
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors – America's elite inspection association.
American Institute of Inspectors – A non-profit corporation that has been set up for the benefit of residential and commercial building inspectors nationwide.
Inspectech Corporation – The West's largest and one of the nation's fastest growing home inspection companies, offers advanced training and state-of-the-art computer hardware and proprietary software for home inspection professionals.
Alliance to Save Energy – ASE is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy. ASE is highly regarded for its well-documented facts.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – Based in Washington DC, ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
Home Energy Saver Library – Developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the Home Energy Saver (HES) web site offers a variety of information and online tools to assist homeowners in analyzing the energy efficiency of their home.
Home Energy Magazine – Home Energy magazine is published by a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide objective and practical information on all aspects of home performance, from residential energy conservation to indoor air quality to building more energy efficient homes.