Inspection News for Colorado home inspectors

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After nearly a year of negotiations, we have succeeded in securing an E&O insurance program exclusively for NACHI members. AIG, the large, US-based insurer has an A.M.Best rating of A++ superior, the highest rating, enjoyed by only 6.7% of all insurers! Because of the unique professionalism and expertise of the NACHI membership, we were able to negotiate improved terms and a substantial discount for this important coverage. This is a proprietary product, available exclusively to NACHI members, through our exclusive Broker, Towers Perrin and AIG. Please visit www.nachi.org/eo for more details.


Colorado Association of REALTORs Conference. The Colorado Chapter of NACHI manning a booth at the Colorado Association of REALTORs Conference, October 16 - 18, 2005. A Safety Gift Basket was raffled off which included two flashlights, one combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm and a fire extinguisher. NACHI members also distributing thousands of brochures reminding REALTORs to refer their clients solely to certified NACHI inspectors.

NACHI Colorado Chapter meeting in Castle Rock. The next Colorado Chapter meeting is on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 6:30pm in Castle Rock. The meeting is open to all. You do not need to be a member to attend. Dress casual and bring your spouse. Everyone is welcome. Attendance counts as 1 hour toward NACHI continuing education. The meeting room is free if 10 meals are ordered; otherwise, it is $30.00. Please email Phil Gage at pegage1@msn.com if you plan to attend. Agenda:

Nick Gromicko, NACHI Founder, Former veteran REALTOR and ad agency owner, on:

How to create a home inspection brochure that works.
How to tweak your website so that it generates sales.
Increasing your pricing when your competitors in Colorado charge less.
How to dominate your local market.
Converting every call into a scheduled inspection.

There will also be a discussion on starting regional chapters. We need volunteers to help start a NACHI Chapter in your area ? it?s easier than it sounds! Place:

Village Inn
207 West Wolfensberger Rd
Castle Rock, CO 80109
303-688-3200

Directions: take I-25 to Castle Rock exit 182 ? Wolfensberger/Wilcox exit - west about ? mile. Village Inn is on the north side of the street.

NACHI Colorado Chapter meeting in Aurora. Another Colorado NACHI Chapter meeting is on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2005 in Aurora. This 2-day educational event is open to all, you do not need to be a member to attend. The training is FREE for NACHI members; non-members pay $100 which may be applied toward future NACHI membership. Attendance counts as 10 hours toward NACHI continuing education. Coffee and soda will be provided; lunch is on your own for Saturday. Please RSVP Aimee Jalowsky as soon as possible at aimee.jalowsky@nachi.org if you plan to attend. Agenda:

Saturday: 9:30am ? 4:30pm
NACHI?s Traveling Educational Caravan (CATS) on recognizing electrical defects, service panels and distribution (brackets, breakers and fuses, wiring and circuitry). A receptacle test board will be on site so please bring your tools!

Sunday: 1:00pm ? 5:00pm
NACHI?s Traveling Educational Caravan (CATS) on building science ? introduction, components, physical processes and reporting.

Place:
Aurora Room
Aurora Municipal Building
15151 E Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO

The municipal building is located about a block north of Alameda on Chambers Rd. The room is on the first floor on the south end.

NACHI building websites to promote Colorado NACHI members. Aside from www.InspectorSEEK.com and www.FindanInspector.US, NACHI is building many websites to promote Colorado NACHI members exclusively. Some of these sites include COinspection.com, COinspection.org, COinspections.com, COinspections.org, COinspector.com, COinspector.org, COinspectors.com, COinspectors.org, ColoradoInspections.org, ColoradoInspector.com, RockyMountainHI.org, RockyMountainHI.net, RockyMountainInspection.com, RockyMountainInspection.org, RockyMountainInspections.com, RockyMountainInspections.org, RockyMountainInspector.com, RockyMountainInspector.org, RockyMountainInspectors.com, RockyMountainInspectors.org, COHomeInspector.org, CO-Home-Inspector.org, ColoradoHomeInspector.org, Colorado-Home-Inspector.org. Visit them.

NACHI offers free inspection agreement to protect Colorado Inspectors. NACHI attorney Mark Cohen is offering Colorado NACHI members a free standard inspection agreement designed specifically for Colorado inspectors. Cohen recently updated NACHI?s standard inspection agreement, a form many NACHI members use as the basis for their own contracts with clients. NACHI has already received a number of favorable comments on the revised version of the agreement. Cohen has prepared a similar form specific to Colorado. Colorado NACHI members can receive a copy of the Colorado version of the agreement free of charge at www.nachi.org/documents.htm

Loveland Colorado ASHI member caught abusing his public office to destroy his competition. NACHI's own Nick Gromicko and general counsel Joe Ferry attended the Loveland, CO city council meeting on October 11th, 2005 in an effort to stop them from adopting Colorado's first home inspection regulation. The regulation, proposed by the city's Construction Advisory Board, was authored by one Jon Rudolph and presented using Power Point by Jon Rudolph, one of the Construction Advisory Board members. The regulation would require home inspectors to adopt the ASHI Standards of Practice, word for word, thus eliminating home inspectors who belong to NACHI. Can you guess what City Construction Advisory Board member Jon Rudolph does for a living? It is almost unbelievable, but here goes: He's a home inspector belonging to... you guessed it... ASHI. In an egregious violation of the city's own Charter Article 5-2, which prohibits any Board or Commission member who suffers from a conflict of interest from taking any action on such a matter, whatsoever, scumbag Jon Rudolph just couldn't play by the rules: This from the Loveland, Colorado City Charter, Article 5-2:

Section 5-2 - Disclosure and Non-action - Matters involving conflict of interest.

(a) If the Mayor, any Council member, or any member of a board or commission has a conflict of interest with regard to any matter before the Council, board, or commission, as applicable, he or she shall follow the disclosure and other requirements of this section.

(b) At or before the time the matter is heard, the member shall disclose the interest to the Council, board, or commission, as applicable. The member shall not vote on or otherwise take any formal action concerning the matter, shall not participate in any executive session concerning the matter, and shall refrain from attempting to influence any other member in voting on the matter.


Well, that didn't stop ASHI's Jon Rudolph who has been abusing the power of his office to try to put his competition out of business.

NACHI to the rescue!

NACHI submitted the following letter to the City Counsel on October 11th which squashed the ASHI scum bug.

To: City Council
From: Nick Gromicko
Date: 10/11/2005
Re: Home Inspector Registration

Nick Gromicko, Founder of the National Association of Home Inspectors (?NACHI?), respectfully requests that this memorandum be admitted into the record of the hearing on the captioned matter.

NACHI objects to the proposed Amendment to Title 15 of the Loveland Municipal Code for the following reasons:

1. There is no Code of Ethics included in the proposed Amendment. Thus, a home inspector could pay kickbacks and finders? fees to realtors or, more unethically, find defects in the inspected home and then suggest himself as the perfect person to repair them. If the purported rationale behind the Amendment is to protect the consuming public, this is a glaring omission.

2. There is no requirement to carry Errors and Omissions Insurance. Thus, an aggrieved client of a negligent home inspector would have no recourse against a judgment proof inspector. If the purported rationale behind the Amendment is to protect the consuming public, this is a glaring omission.

3. The proposed Amendment is nothing more than a word-for-word recitation [with a different numbering scheme to fool the unwary] of the standards of practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors, an out-of-state organization to which Mr. Rudolph belongs, rather than the more stringent standards of practice of the Colorado-based NACHI, which is not only the world?s largest association of home inspectors, but Loveland?s, Colorado?s and America?s, as well. Because NACHI standards of practice, continuing education and annual testing requirements are so high, AIG, the world?s largest insurance company, insures NACHI members exclusively at a substantial discount from the rates it regularly charges for errors and omissions insurance. By lowering the home inspection standards to the ASHI model, the City of Loveland will instantly eliminate almost all of the inspectors in the city of Loveland and make it impossible for many to acquire errors and omission insurance to protect the consuming public.

4. The continuing education requirement is inadequate. It should be at least twenty-four (24) hours.

5. There is no annual testing requirement of the home inspector in the proposed Amendment. In an industry that has undergone and continues to undergo such rapid change as the home inspection industry, inspectors should be required to demonstrate continued competency. If the purported rationale behind the Amendment is to protect the consuming public, this is a glaring omission.

6. There is no requirement that the home inspector have any experience whatsoever. If the purported rationale behind the Amendment is to protect the consuming public, this is a glaring omission.

7. Section 3.2.5 is clearly unconstitutional. As written, one could be barred from earning a living as a home inspector on the basis of unproved allegations, while, ironically, a convicted criminal who, thus, has a resolved complaint, could operate as a home inspector with impunity, an absurd result.

8. The Amendment is tainted by its provenance. It was prepared and proposed by a home inspector who is a member of Loveland?s Construction Advisory Board and has ties to the real estate industry. The Amendment he has proposed would eliminate his direct competition which is a clear violation of 5-2(a) of the Loveland City Charter relating to Ethics.

9. Finally, despite NACHI?s having met with the Construction Advisory Board and provided Jon Rudolph with a torrent of material germane to the proposed Amendment, the proposed Amendment omits any mention of NACHI in the Acknowledgement Section, an oversight that could not be unintentional.

Respectfully submitted,

Nick Gromicko
NACHI


Needless to say, City Council won't be adopting Mr. Rudolph's self-enriching proposal. No wonder ASHI member Jon Rudolph omitted any reference to ethics in his proposed regulation! Would you trust Jon Rudolph to be honest about your most expensive investment?

A detailed brief of these events and a summary exposing this public official and warning all about this ASHI inspector is being drafted and sent to all concerned parties including EVERY real estate agent and lending institution within 70 miles of Loveland, Colorado. NACHI will be building over 200 search engine optimized websites designed to warn REALTORs and home buyers about this inspector. Inspector's Quarterly will be featuring a national story about Jon Rudolph. And, a civil law suit against Jon Rudolph, demanding reimbursement of NACHI's costs and legal fees suffered while thwarting his abuse of office actions is being prepared.

Many thanks to member Jim Bushart for bringing this to NACHI's attention, and to NACHI's general counsel Joe Ferry who made it to the October 11th City Council evening meeting despite having to catch a plane to Connecticut and then back home to Philadelphia at 5 am the following morning.

NACHI membership in Colorado tops 178 and climbing!


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