Franchisee Resources

Tools of the Trade

By Randy Yates, Training Consultant Administrator, NPI/GPI Home and commercial property inspectors need specific tools to perform certain portions of the inspection. Inspecting properties requires more than just a clipboard and flashlight — although a flashlight is one of the tools needed. An inspector’s basic set of tools includes the following: Shock-resistant combination flat/Phillips screwdriver. Continue Reading »

What You Need to Know SBA Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is designed to fund loans that small businesses loans may need for a variety of different reasons. However, the SBA does not actually provide the money; rather the organization provides the guarantee that the debt will be repaid to their partners. The SBA website offers overviews of loans that Continue Reading »

What’s the Market for a Home Inspection Business?

If you’re interested in starting a property inspection business, you’re undoubtedly curious about the market for home and commercial building inspections. The past year’s recovery of the housing market and its current stability are positive signs for the inspection business. But, according to an article posted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the Continue Reading »

Avoid Becoming a ‘Bad’ Inspector

As you know, may know many people will ask friends and family members to recommend a business or an individual for a job they need done. Some individuals will search online for reviews and advice from others. For these reasons, it is crucial for home inspectors to maintain professionalism, provide great customer service and adhere Continue Reading »

Is Carbon Monoxide Still a Concern?

With all of the awareness and education available to the general public, is there need to still be concerned about carbon monoxide (CO)? Consider these recent headlines: Police: Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning killed 8 Carbon Monoxide Suspected In Lauderdale Deaths Teen who drowned in Lake Travis had carbon monoxide in her system 4 Are Found Dead Continue Reading »

Should Home Inspectors Become Certified in WDO Inspections?

Termites are small enough that one could sit comfortably on your fingernail. How devastating could the damage be from an insect as small as this? According to PestWorld.org, termites cause $ 5 billion in property damage each year.  Other wood-destroying organisms (WDO) include fungi, carpenter ants and wood-boring beetles. Early damage from WDO can be Continue Reading »

Mold Certification Is Beneficial for Home Inspectors

NPI/GPI encourages its franchise owners/inspectors to diversify their businesses by offering additional inspection services. One way we achieve this is by training our inspectors in both home and commercial building inspection — and we’re the only franchisor to do so — so that our franchisees have more earning potential with commercial building inspections. Another service Continue Reading »

How to Get Trained as a Home Inspector

To become a home inspector, you’ll need training, and you may need to become licensed, registered or certified in your state. An online search will turn up many home inspector correspondence and self-study courses that you can purchase. Online training is also available, and fees vary. Many home inspection trade groups also offer training for Continue Reading »

What’s It Like to Be a Home Inspector?

So, you’re interested in becoming a home inspector and wondering what the job is like? When you become a home inspector, you’ll spend your days on a variety activities, such as performing home inspections, writing inspection reports, interacting with real estate agents and clients, and marketing your business. You’ll also probably go to real estate Continue Reading »

3 Tips for Building Your NPI/GPI Franchise

So, you’re interested in a National Property Inspections or Global Property Inspections franchise? The rewards can be tremendous: earning a great income, choosing your own schedule, having a better work-life balance. You should also plan for growth and follow a few simple tips, which we offer here. Follow Our Playbook. We’ve been franchising since 1987, Continue Reading »