The InterNACHI website can be viewed at http://www.internachi.org/
InterNACHI Moves ahead
The purpose of this post is to let you know where we stand and generally, where we’re headed and how we intend to get there.
The Strategic Plan (see website) was developed to provide objectives and goals for InterNACHI to meet and pursue as we move toward becoming a viable, working organization. Its details serve as something of a road map to help us move forward. As stated in that plan, InterNACHI’s mission is to provide certification, training and support for Home Inspection professionals worldwide.
Because no other organization has provided this in the past, we are inventing ourselves as we go. This means that although InterNACHI will have an organized structure as illustrated in the plan, we will maintain a fluid approach to providing our services worldwide and to developing inspection industries in selected areas worldwide.
In addition to providing information for home inspectors, buyers and sellers, the purpose of the InterNACHI website is to serve realtors and their organizations, lenders and other professions central and peripheral to global real estate.
At this point there is a wide variety and a huge amount of real estate-related information available online; the problem is that finding information requires looking in a lot of different places.
The goal is to have the InterNACHI site become- in addition to a comprehensive Home Inspection site- the main online source for global real estate links and information. That’s one reason that at this point, website content doesn’t consist of a high percentage of inspection information.
Becoming an information clearinghouse will raise the InterNACHI profile and help provide work for it’s members. In addition to providing information, InterNACHI will link with many real estate-related organizations in addition to working to increase search engine standings for our members and pages, much as NACHI has done.
This site is now in its infancy. Some of it will need to be reorganized to make navigation easier. Most of the links are working, but there are many features to come. The InterNACHI Shopping feature will look familiar to most of you. There will be articles posted on both Inspection and international Real Estate in general. Inspectors should make suggestions about what might be helpful and appropriate. Suggestions can be sent to US_InterNACHI@msn.com Don’t expect a reply at this point because I am swamped with work.
The application process is shut down for now but we’re working to get things in place, please bear with us.
An important part of the website will be the core Education and Training programs.
Core Indigenous Training and Education Programs
One of InterNACHI’s goals is to provide as much education and training as possible online. This project is currently getting underway. The idea is to develop courses similar to Gerry Beaumont’s electrical course which can then be translated and changed as necessary to apply to regional conditions.
This will take some time and will delay InterNACHI’s work to develop an indigenous inspection industry in Latin America, the first area of effort. Mexico is first on the agenda.
Inspectors Working Abroad
InterNACHI will provide a venue for Inspectors willing to travel abroad to perform inspections. Inspectors will need to apply for membership, then fill out contact information for countries in which they are willing to work.
Inspectors should take time to research countries in which they’ll offer to work. There has been no time or money to research considerations such as
- National regulations governing work performed by non-citizens.
- National regulations governing the home inspection business.
- Insurance requirements
- laws pertaining to contracts and disclaimers
- Local building practices
- Cultural factors affecting the inspection
An article titled Performing Inspections Abroad will be posted in the MISC. forum. Please take time to read it. Inspectors should have realistic ideas about what they’re offering to do in traveling abroad to perform inspections and both the Inspector and InterNACHI may suffer if things go badly because Inspectors fail to understand the requirements of an inspection because they didn’t do their homework.
Much of the information and links required to do this homework can be found on the site now and more will be there in the future. You should contact the embassy of nations in which you are offering to work to ask about visa requirements such as lag time between submission of the application and the time the visa is actually issued. In some situations you may need to apply well ahead of time.
Developing and maintaining an organization such as InterNACHI requires working capital. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Without working capital InterNACHI won’t get off the ground.
Initial capital comes from two sources, sponsorship and dues. Without some indications that we are here to stay and moving ahead, such as members, we’ll have difficulty gathering sponsors. As much as we’d like to offer free dues to NACHI members, I’m afraid the result would be members getting what they paid for.
To get an idea what’s required, take a look at NACHI’s website and the work, energy and money that has gone into creating what NACHI offers, imagine trying to put that together for free, and then remind yourself that NACHI serves only North America, InterNACHI’s mission is to develop inspection worldwide.
So far, the website content has been assembled or written by me for free and that’s not going to continue.
So the argument for no dues is to develop a membership quickly and the argument for dues is to have capital with which to move ahead with initial development and provide something worthwhile. Then there’s the question of the amount of dues.
I’d appreciate feedback on the dues question. Please post it in this thread
English/Spanish Translators wanted for personal website development. If you have contact information for translators you’d recommend, please send it to US_InterNACHI@msn.com
Thanks for your patience and suggestions,
Kenton Shepard, President, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)