Home Inspector self-evaluation tool. Should I build it?

Originally Posted By: gromicko
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I’m trying to make a quick sort of quiz/self-evaluation tool for inspectors to quickly determine if they are regularly overlooking something in the course of performing their home inspections. Here’s my idea:


I was thinking of making an online home inspection checklist (much like a standard inspection report). Only this checklist would include things a home inspector must check (according to our Standards of Practice http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm ) and it would include those things outside the scope of a home inspection...the lists would be mixed up but in categories. The inspector could then run thru the home inspection checklist and click those things that must be checked or done in the course of performing a home inspection, not checking those things outside the scope of a home inspection.

A veteran home inspector should be able to fly thru the checklist in 15 minutes.

At the end, the quiz/self-evaluation tool would list 2 things:

1. It would list those things you inspect that you aren't required to or are outside the scope of an inspection.

but more importantly...

2. It would list those things you don't inspect that you are required to.

I went on a few home inspection these past few weeks to observe and saw a few inspectors tear into things they didn't have to do, yet bypass critical areas.

It's one thing to know a lot about inspections. It's another thing to know what and what not to inspect.

I thought a self evaluation tool like this might be useful. I didn't want to do another quiz, examination, or obstacle course.

Just an idea.

Thoughts?

Nick


Originally Posted By: tbrady
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sounds like a great idea - go for it!


Originally Posted By: kleonard
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Nick,


this is something I personnaly would be very interested in doing as it is my goal to always be learning and honing my inspection skills.

This quiz/self-evaluation would be a good way for me to look for weak areas in my inspection proccess. On the other hand it also would tell me if I am going above & beyond what is expected of me as a Home Inspector in any given area.

Kevin Leonard
the-home-inspection-company.com


Originally Posted By: phinsperger
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Nick,


Great idea. It would be good to take periodically to keep oneself focused on the SOP.


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Originally Posted By: jedwards
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Removed.


Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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Sounds like an idea for a useful tool.



Erby Crofutt


B4U Close Home Inspections


Georgetown, Kentucky



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Originally Posted By: mbailey
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Nick,


This could be a very beneficial evaluation/self help tool.


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Mark Bailey
Stonegate Property Inspections LLC
Ponca, NE

Originally Posted By: ltrower
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Nick,


Honing the ax to a razor sharp edge is never a bad idea. I think that would be a very useful tool for all of us.

Lee Trower


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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Nick,


This would be a good tool for everyone from the Newbie to the Seasoned Veteran Code Quoter, and all in-between.

All you have to do is look in the Electrical section of the board on any day to realize that the range of the inspection in this section alone varies greatly.


Originally Posted By: lungar
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icon_smile.gif Nick I think you hit the nail on the head again, go for it


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Nick,


Great idea. Everyone has some trouble remembering all the things that should inspect, especially when they are starting out.

Joe Myers


Originally Posted By: dbush
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Nick, thanks, great idea.



Dave Bush


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Originally Posted By: rpalac
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Nick,


That's how I do it....

I hope to see your list it will make sure I'm on track and in line with other's in there thouth of inspecting.

This is a great basis for moving toward a more uniform profession.

I LIKE IT.


Originally Posted By: wpedley
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Nick,


I have a system like that .I use it all the time.

I'd like to see what you can come up with...great idea. ![icon_idea.gif](upload://6VKizmOm2U7YYmfXNtFW4XTwFVy.gif) ![icon_idea.gif](upload://6VKizmOm2U7YYmfXNtFW4XTwFVy.gif)


Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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The home inspection business is a lonely one with little camaraderie (outside this message board). Don’t everyone kill me for what I’m about to say, but I think the newbies are more diligent at following SOP’s than veterans. I’ve been doing some ride-alongs and have come to the conclusion that veteran inspectors know more about inspecting (as they should) but are less likely to have read the SOP or follow it.


I got to meet two veteran inspectors (NACHI members) who were competitors for years. They decided to ride along on a few of each of the other's inspections to learn from each other. They concluded that the differences between them wasn't in knowledge or experience, but rather what exactly they inspected and didn't inspect. I found it interesting. Any SOP is supposed to apply uniformity.

This new online self-evaluation tool could be the closest thing to a ride along with a veteran who follows SOP to the tee.

Could be fun too. I'll build it.

Nick


Originally Posted By: ltrower
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Nick,


Thank you.

Lee Trower


Originally Posted By: Chris Morrell
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I like how the subject has “should I build it?” meaning “should Chris build it?” icon_biggrin.gif


Coming soon to a nachi.org near you...


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Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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Nick, (Chris)


Can we also get a more printer friendly version of the SOP. They would be much easier to follow if not on 28 pages reading top to bottom in columns with the web site directory down the left side of the first page. Now, I'm the first to admit that I'm almost completely computer illiterate, but I didn't see any other version to print. I would also be more inclined to include them in my report if they were easier to read, and didn't kill so many trees ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)


Originally Posted By: ltrower
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Chris,


We all know who makes things happen at NACHI (just don't tell Nick) of course it is you and the librarian but, then she has been out for some time viewing a video with someone. Would the person that has the librarian please send her back so we can get the library open again. You can keep the tape.

Lee Trower


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Chris,


You don't have to remind us that you are the real king at NACHI. Hey, what does it hurt to let Nick think he is the king of the hill. ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)

Joe Myers