To help reduce liability, an inspector should give the client as much information as possible about how to maintain the home and look for issues after the purchase. That's why we wrote the ultimate home maintenance book.
Each chapter references the InterNACHI Standards of Practice and reinforces the homeowner’s responsibility of maintaining their home.
Give one to your next client.
InterNACHI's legal counsel recommends that you give every client a copy of InterNACHI's home maintenance book.
"I have been using the book (Now That You've Had A Home Inspection) for over a year. I give each client a book with their report. In the past I have used other booklets with my reports. Not only are the books less expensive but my clients like the information better. I have received very good feedback on the book, especially from my first time home buyers. I perform 500-600 inspections a year and the price difference saves me thousands of dollars." Jim Krumm, Colorado's Best Home Inspections, CO.
"I use the "Now That You've Had a Home Inspection" book with every home inspection. It is my standard operating procedure. It encourages my clients to take personal responsibility for their home. I want my clients to know that Darrell's Home Inspections has equipped them with what they need for confidence to move forward with their transaction and transition into new home ownership. This book along with a warranty helps with the value added benefits that we offer." Darrell Freshour, Darrell's Home Inspections, OH
"The book, "Now that you've had a home inspection" is an appreciated gift that adds value to my home inspection." Sean Fogarty, Fogarty Home Inspection Services, TN
"Get your clients & agents to read this book. Have a contest, give a rebate, whatever it takes. This book can save you time, headaches & money. I was using one from a well know home inspectors school before I bought this book. This one is far superior. Do yourself and your customers a favor. Get this book!" Doug Corbridge, Premier Home Inspection, MT
"A few months ago I received an email about the book, “Now that you’ve had a home inspection” and I thought I would get a few and see how my clients liked them. Well I just received 60 more copies of the book. My clients love the book. I print my reports out on site and present the report to the clients in a 3 ring binder, the book is already 3-hole punched so it fits in the binder nicely. The book is full of information and helpful tips for home owners and I will keep including the books with my home inspection reports." Frank G. Ross, Pillar to Post Home Inspections of SW Utah
"I consistently get clients who are very surprised at the quality of the book and the information it contains. I think it is a great resource for home owners as a “go to” book when they encounter a condition in and around the home and they just aren’t sure where to start, this can help clear things up for them and allows them to proceed down the right path. Great Value! Highly recommended." Jerry Spicer, Sonoran Property Inspections, AZ
The book is also written specifically to help reduce your liability by reminding your clients that a home inspection does not reveal every defect that exists, that certain issues are outside the scope of a home inspection, and that the homeowner is now responsible for maintaining their home.
One way an inspector can minimize potential liability is to give the client as much information as possible prior to the home purchase. Read this article about comparative negligence defense.
Inside this maintenance book, there are 22 very good reasons to hire you again. The book makes the recommendation to hire an inspector every year as part of a complete homeowner maintenance plan. The book promotes ancillary inspections too.
They will dress up your inspection reports, impress real estate agents, and get you more referrals. They are 3-hole punched for a ring binder. Give one to your favorite real estate agent, too.
"My inspection reports come with this free home maintenance book." Put a picture of the book cover on your website. Gain competitive advantage with this book. (Right click on the picture and save.)
Remember... every seller is likely a buyer in your local market area. "Hi, I'm a local home inspector and I noticed that you are selling your home. I'd like to give you this free book. My business card is attached. Call me if you need any inspections on the home you are moving to... or if you would like me to inspect the home you are selling."