Thermostats

by Nick Gromicko Thermostats are devices designed to control the heating and cooling systems in a building so that air temperature remains comfortable. According to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice, inspectors are not required to verify, inspect or determine...

Electrical Service Panels

by Nick Gromicko Electrical panels are boxes that house circuit breakers, which are safety devices that stop the electrical current if it exceeds the safe level for some portion of the home electrical system. Safety  Many people, even experienced electricians, have...

Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

by Mark Cohen, J.D., LL.M., InterNACHI General Counsel, and Nick Gromicko, InterNACHI Founder Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is” so they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for...

Garbage Disposals for Inspectors

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Garbage disposals are residential and commercial appliances designed to shred food waste so that it can fit through plumbing. They are usually electrically powered (although occasionally powered by water pressure) and are installed...

Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights). Make...

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward What is a GFCI? A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a device used in electrical wiring to disconnect a circuit when unbalanced current is detected between an energized conductor and a neutral return conductor.  Such an...

Homeowner Maintenance: Changing the HVAC Filter

by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance.  And there are some tasks that, if deferred, can lead to a home system that’s inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses. ...

Moisture Intrusion

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Moisture intrusion can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants. Inspectors should have at least a basic understanding of how moisture may enter a building, and where problem areas...

7 Things Your Home Inspector Wishes You Knew

By Jamie Wiebe | Jul 30, 2015 No matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process can be somewhat terrifying: For sellers, it’s a stark reminder of the nagging issues you might have turned a blind eye to over the years. And for buyers, it’s a...

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

by Nick Gromicko, Ben Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through...