International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

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Introduction to Inspecting Cooling Systems

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Keeping a house cool during hot summer days is vital to the comfort of a house's occupants. This may be accomplished by using one of t...
Keeping a house cool during hot summer days is vital to the comfort of a house’s occupants. This may be accomplished by using one of the many types of available cooling systems, each of which uses a refrigerant or water to transfer the heat from the indoor air to the outdoors. A cooling system may be combined with a heating system or may be a separate system. These systems may be mounted in attics, closets, windows, or through exterior walls.

This course focuses on the systems that are used most frequently in today’s homes. These include central air conditioning systems, heat pumps, window and through- wall units, and evaporative coolers.
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Pests and Environmental Hazards

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A home inspector should recognize problems in the home that are related to insects and animal infestations, because these home invaders ...
A home inspector should recognize problems in the home that are related to insects and animal infestations, because these home invaders can weaken the structural members of the home and make it uninhabitable. In addition, home inspectors may encounter problems caused by biological contaminants (fungi) or environmental hazards. Specialized training is required to evaluate deficiencies caused by pests, fungi, and environmental hazards. Yet, a knowledgeable and alert home inspector can add value to his or her services by being able to report evidence of the presence of any of these problems. This course will identify characteristics of insects that may infest a house and list animals that may damage a house, as well as evidence of their presence. In addition, this course will list characteristics of biological contaminants and name environmental hazards that may affect a house.
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Fireplace Inspections

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This course will discuss statutory regulations concerning fireplace and chimney inspections, as well as the elements of fireplaces, chim...
This course will discuss statutory regulations concerning fireplace and chimney inspections, as well as the elements of fireplaces, chimneys, and wood burning stoves. We will discuss the proper methods of construction, installation, maintenance, and safety considerations necessary to enhance a home inspection and provide an increased level of comfort for your clients.
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Safety Precautions for Home Inspectors

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Nearly two in five existing homes suffer from some type of major and potentially dangerous defect. Learn how to protect yourself from ri...
Nearly two in five existing homes suffer from some type of major and potentially dangerous defect. Learn how to protect yourself from risky endangers in these homes. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Explore in-depth information on safety precautions for home inspectors 
  • Identify your safest options for clothing, equipment, and proper procedure 
  • Learn how to take preventative measures in your daily operations as a home inspector
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Attic Ventilation

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Attic ventilation is an extremely important component of keeping a house in good condition. Having a properly sized and well balanced at...
Attic ventilation is an extremely important component of keeping a house in good condition. Having a properly sized and well balanced attic ventilation system helps to provide comfort in the home, protects building materials and structure, and reduces energy consumption. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Examine the problems and damage created by inadequately ventilated attic spaces
  • Review repairs and replacements for attic ventilation 
  • Learn the general principles and characteristics of attic ventilation
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Inspecting What's Outside the Home

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Most homes have imperfections. Many of them are simple annoyances, but some of them represent very real hazards. These hazards are not o...
Most homes have imperfections. Many of them are simple annoyances, but some of them represent very real hazards. These hazards are not only found inside the home. Aside from the usual walls, windows, roof and foundation condition, there is still much to examine on the outside of any house. As a housing inspector, any surrounding condition that affects the values or usefulness of the home should be included in your report. Potential issues can range anywhere from complications with drainage to encroaching root structures. This course will focus on these and other potential exterior hazards and will emphasize the ways in which these outdoors hazards may affect the long term health of a home.
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Electricity and Electrical Inspections: From the Inside Out

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This course is intended to be an informative and educational overview of electricity and electrical inspections, which are pertinent to...

This course is intended to be an informative and educational overview of electricity and electrical inspections, which are pertinent to professional inspectors.  Because of the nature of electricity and the responsibility that electrical inspections inherently possess, it is important to review the basics from time to time.  An understanding of electricity and electrical systems is integral to a safe, secure, and functional home.

Additionally, incorrectly managed electrical systems can carry a high degree of danger; therefore, these inspections must be compliant with relevant NFPA and NEC codes.  Upon the completion of this course, the professional inspector will have a renewed understanding of electrical inspection requirements.

This course will provide a brief history of electricity and the scientists who contributed the building blocks that made our modern-day electrical theories, principles, and systems possible. We will then discuss safety preparedness and adequate preparation when performing a safe electrical inspection, as well as the steps involved in an electrical inspection.  Lastly, we will provide an overview of effective communication to communicate the findings of the inspection to the client.  

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Sealing and Insulating a Home

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Learn the most important aspects of sealing and insulating a home.  COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Review the three ways heat is transf...
Learn the most important aspects of sealing and insulating a home. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Review the three ways heat is transferred 
  • Discuss R-Value and various types of insulation 
  • Examine how to check a home for air leaks and insulation levels
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A Sporifying Encounter

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Take away practical tips for how to correctly identify and remediate mold growth in a home. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Examine mold s...
Take away practical tips for how to correctly identify and remediate mold growth in a home. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Examine mold strains you might find in a residence 
  • Gain in-depth information on the various places to search out mold growth and methods of measurement and remediation 
  • Take away insights on identifying and remediating mold growth in residential and commercial buildings
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Plumbing Cross Connections

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This course will provide an in-depth look into plumbing cross connections, plumbing systems, and why cross connections should be inspect...
This course will provide an in-depth look into plumbing cross connections, plumbing systems, and why cross connections should be inspected or determined. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Review the processes of inspecting the plumbing piping, sanitary piping, and vent system 
  • Gain insights on plumbing systems and cross connections regarding residential construction 
  • Learn the risks of mixing potable water with non-potable water
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Conventional Heating and Cooling Inspections

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This course focuses on noninvasive inspection of the systems and components referred to as "conventional" heating and cooling. For t...
This course focuses on noninvasive inspection of the systems and components referred to as “conventional” heating and cooling. For the purposes of this course, the training focus and learning objectives are for the thorough observation, noninvasive inspection and informative reporting requirements on permanently installed force air, gas-fired, electric-powered central heating and cooling systems, components, and air-to-air heat pumps.

The focus is not simply on the mechanicals of the heating and cooling system cabinet and equipment. Rather, this course emphasizes and expands upon the inspection routine as guided by industry standards of practice, and focuses on safety parameters, effective communication skills for client understanding, and targeting your eyes on the heating and cooling inspection as you turn into the inspection property driveway that first time.

To enhance the learning experience, the course is seasoned with inspection best practices and in-the-field perspective and experience gained over time, to review and reinforce basic home inspection requirements to meet or exceed standards/regulations and client satisfaction.
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Structural Home Inspections

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This course will focus on the structural home inspection using the American Society of Home Inspectors' (ASHI) standards as an outli...

This course will focus on the structural home inspection using the American Society of Home Inspectors’ (ASHI) standards as an outline for topics. The course will discuss details for the exterior, interior and structure inspection, and will use examples of common components and defects as training tools. We will also discuss reporting defects in order to communicate findings accurately to the customer and limit your liability.


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Radon Inspection for Residential Properties

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Each year, about 12% of lung cancer cases and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung causes. Therefore, as a home inspecto...
Each year, about 12% of lung cancer cases and more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung causes. Therefore, as a home inspector, it is integral that you are knowledgeable about the identification and remediation of radon gas in the home. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Review basic information on radon for residential properties, including the definition of radon, an explanation of where it comes from, and a discussion of how it relates to the general home inspector 
  • Explore how radon enters a structure and common mitigation methods
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Inspecting Residential Septic Systems

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The objective of this course is to provide a clear understanding of private septic systems, discuss the types of systems and their compo...

The objective of this course is to provide a clear understanding of private septic systems, discuss the types of systems and their components, as well as explain how to perform proper inspections to ensure septic systems are in proper working order.

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Inspecting Water Heaters

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The purpose of this course is to prepare home inspectors to confidently perform water heater evaluations and properly present their find...

The purpose of this course is to prepare home inspectors to confidently perform water heater evaluations and properly present their findings to their clients. In this course, we will discuss the following: different types of water heaters, how each type of system operates, individual components of each type of system, how to perform an inspection properly, and how to present your findings to the customer.

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Appliances and Peripherals Inspection

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Gain in-depth insights on appliances and peripherals in home inspections. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: Discuss the different rules regar...
Gain in-depth insights on appliances and peripherals in home inspections. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Discuss the different rules regarding these specialized systems 
  • Explore the installation, operation, and inspection of these appliances and peripherals
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Water Management: Proper Grading and Drainage Slopes from Foundations

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This course will examine the importance of proper grading and drainage slopes for foundations as it pertains to home inspections. Many d...

This course will examine the importance of proper grading and drainage slopes for foundations as it pertains to home inspections. Many defects observed during home inspections could have been completely avoided if simple preventative measures would have been taken. Many of these issues are often caused by poor water management. This course will discuss proper proper grading and drainage for homes and explain water diversion repairs and preventative measures to ensure water relief. 

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Home Inspection - From the Ground Up

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Learn about problems with new homes that are not necessarily code violations, yet have serious consequences for the new homeowner. ...
Learn about problems with new homes that are not necessarily code violations, yet have serious consequences for the new homeowner. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Gain extensive information on residential home inspection and construction for the entire building process 
  • Review site preparation, footings and foundations, framing systems, insulation and ventilation, HVAC, and mechanical systems 
  • Solidify your understanding through course drawings and photographs that illustrate the construction process
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Ethical Practice for Home Inspectors

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This course will review the fundamental standards and codes of ethics for the profession practice of home inspection. It will cover info...
This course will review the fundamental standards and codes of ethics for the profession practice of home inspection. It will cover information from national and international home inspection associations which governs home inspections. Case studies will be discussed to supplement the training. Strategies will be outlined to assist the professional to make ethical decisions when faced with a conflict. Periodic assessments will be included throughout the course to check for understanding.
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Basic Foundation Construction

2.5 Hours
Review and reinforce basic foundation training and knowledge and gain insights that an inspector will require while investigating site p...
Review and reinforce basic foundation training and knowledge and gain insights that an inspector will require while investigating site preparation and construction during Phase Inspections. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Examine the International Code Council's 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2012 IRC) Chapter 4 and other selected sections 
  • Explore both residential and commercial foundations
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Roof Inspection

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The roof is a home's primary line of defense from the natural elements such as wind, rain, hail, ice, snow, and heat. This makes the r...
The roof is a home’s primary line of defense from the natural elements such as wind, rain, hail, ice, snow, and heat. This makes the roof perhaps the most vulnerable part of a building. As an inspector, it is integral that you understand the key information pertaining to the background of a roof inspection. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Gain familiarity with roof inspection terminology and equipment 
  • Learn how to successfully complete a roof inspection in a variety of weather-related elements and on a variety of roofs
  • Identify specific roofing materials, how those materials respond to different weather elements, and how to safely inspect different roof types while not damaging the roof or injuring yourself during the inspection
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Practical and Successful Reporting

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The success or failure of a home inspection report can often hinge on a single word, therefore your primary objective, regardless if you...
The success or failure of a home inspection report can often hinge on a single word, therefore your primary objective, regardless if you use a hand-written checklist, or computer-generated reporting system, is to clearly and concisely explain things to your client. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Examine numerous aspects of practical reporting techniques
  • Discover the problems that many inspectors will face during the reporting process 
  • Review professionalism within the home inspector field
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Energy Efficient Home Inspections

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Though home inspections are not intended to be an energy audit, understanding energy efficiency and energy efficient construction are im...
Though home inspections are not intended to be an energy audit, understanding energy efficiency and energy efficient construction are important for home inspectors. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Take an in-depth look into energy usage, design, and building for residential structures 
  • Explore multiple components of residential construction
  • Discuss ways to make homes more energy efficient
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The Importance of Insulation

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Insulation has no moving parts and most of it is not visible once it is installed. Although insulation is not glamorous, it is very impo...
Insulation has no moving parts and most of it is not visible once it is installed. Although insulation is not glamorous, it is very important. An occupant’s comfort within a home, and the cost of maintaining that comfort level, is determined by how well the habitable space of a home is insulated. Further, the integrity and condition of a home are influenced by the effectiveness of the insulating system. This course presents the basics of heat transfer and the characteristics of energy. In addition, the course discusses in detail the four components of a home insulating system: insulation, air leakage prevention, moisture control, and ventilation.
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Residential Sewage Disposal Systems

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Sewage contains millions of bacteria in each cubic centimeter, making it incredibly dangerous for the health of the homeowner and their ...
Sewage contains millions of bacteria in each cubic centimeter, making it incredibly dangerous for the health of the homeowner and their family. Therefore, it is integral that a home inspector understand the specific requirements of sewage disposal systems, for incorrect installation, maintenance, or decommissioning may cause dramatic health and safety issues. 

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS: 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of private residential sewage and septic waste disposal, including the codes most pertinent to any given dwelling 
  • Familiarize yourself with accepted construction practices and required health and safety features for residential sewage disposal systems
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Inspection of Foundations

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After exploring the exterior of the home, the home inspector should examine the foundation of the residence. Since the foundation suppor...
After exploring the exterior of the home, the home inspector should examine the foundation of the residence. Since the foundation supports the weight of the entire structure; this area of the building must be constructed under strict adherence to all applicable building codes and undergo rigorous safety inspections. Foundation problems can cause plumbing leaks, squeaky and uneven floors, sticking doors and windows, and cracked walls. This course will identify the factors that affect foundation design and the types of materials and components used in foundations. In addition, this course will specify inspection items for foundation problems and indicate methods used in foundation repair and retrofitting.
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The Components of Electrical Systems

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Because so much of the home is affected by electricity, the home inspector must have a basic understanding of electricity. As always, sa...
Because so much of the home is affected by electricity, the home inspector must have a basic understanding of electricity. As always, safety is of paramount importance when dealing with this potentially dangerous form of power. This course will detail the basic electrical concepts and components. Additionally, the course will discuss how electricity is generated, transmitted, and delivered and identify the methods of wiring. The course will also indicate the elements of inspecting the service box/panel, including electrical protection devices, grounding, and bonding. Lastly, this course will determine the aspects of inspecting electrical fixtures.
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Exterior Inspections: Siding, Garages, and Carports

3 Hours
In order to examine the exterior of a home properly, the inspector must observe the grading, landscaping, walkways, driveways, and retai...
In order to examine the exterior of a home properly, the inspector must observe the grading, landscaping, walkways, driveways, and retaining walls on the property. In addition, many homes have a garage or carport to accommodate at least one car which also requires inspection. Garages are often attached to the home and may or may not have living space above them. Sometimes they are detached structures, which are inspected in the same way as the home. The first part of this course will cover the inspection of the exterior of the house and the second part discusses all aspects of a garage and carport and the important inspection points that exist for these spaces.
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Interior Inspections

1 Hours
The interior of the house refers to the finishes of interior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, counters, cabinets, and stairs. The conditi...
The interior of the house refers to the finishes of interior walls, ceilings, floors, doors, counters, cabinets, and stairs. The condition of the house’s interior usually indicates the overall quality of the home and the homeowner’s commitment to its maintenance. The home inspector should inspect the interior of the house for clues to possible problems like water leaks and structural issues. This course will list the aspects of inspecting interior walls and ceilings and identify the components of flooring. The course will detail deficiencies to look for when performing an interior inspection including methods for inspecting doors, windows, and weather stripping.
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Pool, Spa, and Sauna Inspections

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Even though pools, spas, and saunas are becoming more common in residential properties, inspecting these components is usually optional....
Even though pools, spas, and saunas are becoming more common in residential properties, inspecting these components is usually optional. An inspector should not agree to inspect a pool, spa, or sauna unless he or she is trained to complete such an inspection and is familiar with the local code specifications that apply to any pool or spa, whether indoors or outside. However, there is one aspect of a pool installation that all inspectors should include in their home inspection. If the home being inspected has a pool, then the home inspector must examine the pool enclosure or barrier that prevents unauthorized entry into the pool area. This course will identify elements of a pool system, and determine reportable deficiencies of each component. This course will also discuss the methods for inspecting spas and hot tubs and the requirements and deficiencies of a sauna.
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Framing Inspections: Floors, Walls, and Roof

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A properly built house offers protection against the weather and provides structural stability. Floors may be concrete slab, suspended w...
A properly built house offers protection against the weather and provides structural stability. Floors may be concrete slab, suspended wood, or steel joist systems. Walls may be framed using wood, wood structural panels, steel, structural masonry, conventional concrete, insulating concrete forms, rammed earth, or straw bales, and include openings. Types of framing that are used to construct houses include platform, balloon, and panelized framing. A roof may be constructed using traditional stick framing, prefabricated trusses, or steel components.

A home inspector must have a basic understanding of how a house is built in order to detect deviations from accepted building practices and codes.
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Introduction to Inspecting Heating Systems

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Heat energy can be transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat from one molecule to another...
Heat energy can be transferred by conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is the transfer of heat from one molecule to another and only happens in solid materials. Convection is the transfer of heat via a moving fluid. Radiation occurs when certain energy waves strike an object, are absorbed, and turn to heat.

There are many types of heating systems, and they all are categorized based on the source of thermal energy they use to generate heat. Sources of thermal energy include natural gas, oil, electricity, solar energy, geothermal energy, and wood. This course will exam various sources of heat and identify ways to transfer heat energy. In addition, the course will specify characteristics of various heating systems including freestanding and area heating systems.
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Home Inspection: Getting Started and Creating an Inspection Report

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A home inspection involves a noninvasive, physical examination all of the components and systems of a home, including their function and...
A home inspection involves a noninvasive, physical examination all of the components and systems of a home, including their function and condition. Most often, a client hires a home inspector to conduct an inspection if the client is considering purchasing the home. A home inspector physically inspects homes and creates a report on the overall condition of the home. This course will distinguish between the different types of inspections and identify the items to be inspected. The course will also cover home inspection rules and regulations and identify ways to reduce the home inspector’s liability. In addition, this course will discuss procedures for composing and delivering an inspection report and identify ways to build a rapport with clients.
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Introduction to Inspecting Built-In Appliances

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The appliances that are a permanent part of the home, such as cook tops, vent hoods, ovens, trash compactors, dishwashers, and garbage d...
The appliances that are a permanent part of the home, such as cook tops, vent hoods, ovens, trash compactors, dishwashers, and garbage disposals, should be evaluated during a home inspection. If, as a part of the sale of a home, the buyer negotiates with the seller to include freestanding items, such as refrigerators or washing machines, you will probably be asked to include these items in the inspection. This course will list considerations of inspecting appliances and common features of appliances. In addition, the course will list appliances typically included in a home inspection and identify their reportable deficiencies.
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Inspection of Plumbing Systems

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Plumbing is a vital system for the occupants of a house. Without it, a house's inhabitants would not have access to water or a means t...
Plumbing is a vital system for the occupants of a house. Without it, a house’s inhabitants would not have access to water or a means to dispose of waste. A house’s plumbing is the system of pipes and connected fixtures that enables clean water to enter the house and used water and sewage to exit the house. Residential plumbing consists of two separate systems: the aseptic system and the septic system. This course will define the characteristics of the aseptic and septic systems and discuss the various types of pipes used in each system. Additionally, the course will discuss the requirements for water heaters, venting requirements, and fixtures.
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