|January 2009 Inspector eNews|
January 2009 | Archives
Chairman's Message - Get Ready, Get Set, Grow!
Thank God that 2008 is finally over! From the overwhelming coverage of the Presidential election to the stock market meltdown and finally to the slowdown in our profession, I am happy that we now have a new year ahead of us and the last one behind. With that in mind, let’s look to what 2009 has to offer.
First is education. This year CREIA will have plenty of education coming right to you. Douglas Hansen kicks off January with an all day event in Oakland, CA covering Significant Code Changes. Dale Feb is earmarked for a completely new fireplace presentation at Costa Mesa, CA in February with a repeat performance later in the year in Northern California. An additional four education events, following the conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be scheduled up and down California.
While we are on the subject of our conference, don’t miss the chance to learn about new topics like:
Second is opportunity. CREIA is working out the final details of the new CAP program. CAP stands for CREIA Accredited Professional. CREIA realizes that the core number of our members perform residential inspections only. Some members, in addition to residential, perform commercial inspections, litigation support and specialize in a particular aspect of construction. In addition, members of CREIA affiliated organizations like RCI, specialize as expert witnesses. With the new CAP program, qualified affiliates will have the opportunity for direct referrals that benefit them and all CREIA members.
Last, at least for now, is the new “Ask.CREIA.org” website, that should be up and running this month. This innovative idea directs the public to the CREIA website for answers to common questions regarding all areas of construction and inspections. If a buyer, seller, REALTOR®, lawyer or anyone else has a question, they go to the CREIA website, then enter the “Ask.CREIA.org” website through our home page to pose their question or read if that questions already has been asked and answered. When completed, there will be approximately 30 categories with common inspection questions and answers.
What makes Ask.CREIA.,org concept so powerful is the benefit to all our members of being able to hand out a business card with the website directions to everyone in the real estate community. The design and graphics for those cards is also in the final stages and, once completed, cards will be available to all CREIA members to distribute. CREIA will be the “go-to” source for any question related to inspections and, by association, the “go-to” source to find a qualified inspector.
So, get your education while it’s hot and grab the opportunity to expand your business for this New Year.
As always, if you as CREIA members have any comments on how to improve our Association, please contact your Chapter President, Regional Director or simply e-mail the Board of Directors through the CREIA website.
Michael Foschaar, MCI
This Issue ...
Much like a doctor practicing as a GP (General Practitioner) when conducting a physical exam of their patient, in this case a house, the inspector detects something that in their opinion qualifies as a material defect should automatically generate the response by deferring such a defect to a competent (qualified) industry expert for further review and recommendations. This does not mean that every defect requires a deferral, but only those that are beyond the expertise of the inspector and/or in the inspector’s opinion requires repairs or replacement. It is also important that the industry expert or whoever is actually performing the repairs or replacement be the only persons to provide cost estimates and warranties. This means the inspector does not return to his/her patient (house) to re-examine and bless any corrective or replacement work performed by folks as this type of legal liability more often than not exceeds the expertise of the inspector. All such work normally requires permits along with inspections by the local building department and accepting the liability that the work performed conforms to all local city/county ordinances and state adopted building codes is accepting a ridiculously high risk even if a fee is charged for a return visit to exam and bless the work done by others. Never forget that real estate inspectors are the low hanging fruit in the tree of litigation…or that “no good deed goes unpunished”.
Submitted byJerry McCarthy, Construction Consultant
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