Writing Style and Technique for Superior Inspection Reports

Harness the power of the written word to transform your business. While one class can’t transform your writing overnight, we will present tools for improving your writing instantly and plant the seeds for finding your own style and writer’s voice over the long-haul. The class will cover:

#504 – 4-hours


The Bones Beneath the Bling For Home Inspectors

In today’s frantic home-buying market, decisive action wins the day. This class provides tools to prepare your home buyers for the rigors of house shopping in a hyper-competitive market. Whether showing homes to clients, touring homes on your own, responding to home inspections or helping guide quick decision making, this class will build your knowledge of residential construction so you are better able to assist your clients with the trials of this seller’s market. You will have plenty of opportunities to get your house-related questions answered.

#498 – 4 hours

Sorting Houses by Age: A Residential Construction Timeline

Take a visual journey through 120-years of residential construction history in a class that is useful for improving communication skills and placing our inspection findings in perspective. Class participants will come away with an understanding of the critical trends in residential construction that have shaped our buildings, as well as cheats sheets with specific dates such as code changes for electric installations and material changes for plumbing. We will approach residential construction from a fresh and useful point of view that helps home inspectors predict the various assets and shortcomings of houses before the inspection even begins.

#496 – 4 hours


Electrical Refresh and re-set for Home Inspection

This class includes fun demonstrations Charlie has put together to show basic electrical concepts as well as a detailed Powerpoint presentations loaded with field slides and examples of real-world home inspection findings, delmas and defects. Dylan Chalk works to extract from Charlie all we want to know about performing detailed, accurate and thorough electrical inspections on residential construction.
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#464 is 8-hours

Thermography Fundamentals for Home Inspection

Brent Foster is a Level III certified Thermographer and owner and operator or Northwest Infrared: Brent has specialized training and certification in building science applications and years of hands-on experience as a thermographer.
Now retired from home inspection Brent has done over 5,000 home inspections but now focuses full time on infrared inspections and training.
Brent is a fun and lively presenter and he offers a no-fluff 1-day training course that will ensure you are qualified to:Call Brent Foster with questions anytime 360-786-6850 or
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#452 is 8-hours


Storytelling for Home Inspection and Report Writing

Learn to utilize effective writing and storytelling techniques to manage client expectations and emotions, explain complex subjects, write teling inspection reports, limit your liability and better define your inspection process. This class weaves critical elements of writing and storytelling into a fun class full of relevant home inspection photos and experiences. Discuss common home inspector traps and learn techniques for navigating them. See your business from a fresh perspective by exploring an alternative to the fear-based communication traditionally taught in home inspection classes. Grow your business and your reputation as a clear communicator.

#428 – 2-hours

Visual Inspection of Fiber Cement Siding

Visual Inspection of Fiber Cement Siding will focus on visual inspection of the most widely installed modern siding system: fiber cement siding. Technical installation details will be based on the James Hardie brand as this is the most widely installed fiber cement siding. We will focus on lap siding, but we will also review panel siding systems, the shingle system and rain screen installations. The class will start by reviewing James Hardie installation requirements. We will follow this with observations from the field where field slides will be employed to discuss how installation requirements have changed and the difference between best practices and the 13 Major Components. This class will leave inspectors with useful skills for inspecting fiber cement siding installations and strong and accurate language for reporting on defects.

#453 and is 2-hours or 4-hours with Hardie Reps.


Dylan Chalk is the author of The Confident House Hunter

a book to teach home buyers how to look at and understand houses: Cedar Fort Press In June of 2017, Dylan’s book The Confident House Hunter won the Silver Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. He is also the founder of ScribeWare inspection report software offering innovative and simple report-writing solutions – and he is the owner of Seattle-based Orca Inspection Services LLC. In early 2017 Dylan became the Vice-President of Western Washington chapter of (ASHI) American Society of Home Inspectors.


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