Home Inspection Articles

Commercial Inspection: Taking Your Home Inspection Business to the Next Level

Posted by Thea Scrimger on May 14, 2013 10:37:00 AM

BuildingAs the Home Inspection industry continues to develop, with more and more individuals entering this great profession, many inspectors are investigating different avenues for revenue and company growth. Are you looking to take your Home Inspection business to the next level? If your answer is "yes", we have two words for you: Commercial Inspection.

The benefits to your business can be substantial.

  • Commercial Inspections build on your pre-existing Home Inspection skill set – you already have the knowledge and tools to get started in this field.
  • Commercial Inspections can generate up to 80% more revenue than Home Inspections in an equivalent amount of time.
  • A company providing Home and Commercial Inspections garners more respect than a company providing only Home Inspections – you look more impressive to prospective clients interested in both types of properties.

“We make 40% more per day on Commercial inspections than Home Inspections. And it’s nice not to have to deal with the emotions of a homebuyer.” – Phil Thornberry, Indianapolis IN

CDW Engineering is pleased to offer a three-day Commercial Building Inspection course in Toronto, Ontario from June 13th – 15th, 2013. The course consists of three action-packed days covering all you need to get your Commercial Inspection division up and running.

The instructors are professional engineers with over 25 years of Commercial Building Inspection experience. The course covers how to get into the Commercial Inspection business, best practices, and technical inspection issues with a special emphasis on “the TEAM approach” to Commercial Inspections. Students will learn where and when a consultant is required, and how to find and work with consultants.

CDW Engineering will provide their comprehensive commercial inspection textbook. Students will also receive a wealth of information including sample inspection reports, consultants’ reports, and information on quoting inspections, report writing, costing and relevant business issues.

CDW Engineering’s Commercial Building Inspection course is based on the protocol for performing a Property Condition Assessment to the ASTM Standard E2018-08 and has been approved for 24 ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Membership Renewal Credits, 24 NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors) Continuing Education Credits, 24 CAHPI BC (Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors, British Columbia branch) Membership Renewal Credits, and 22 CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) Continuing Education Credits.

The class size for this course is limited to 25 participants. Early bird pricing for this course is available until May 17th, 2013 – take advantage of this exclusive offer today. To learn more or register for this course, please click here or call 1-866-964-3246.

Topics: Carson Dunlop, Home Inspection Training, Commercial Inspection

New Technical Manual Helps Home Inspectors and Technicians in the Field

Posted by Olivia Hunt on Oct 31, 2012 4:17:00 PM
Technical Reference Guide eBook

As an inspector or technician in the field, there are numerous aspects of a building to be inspected and analyzed all at once. Often, systems and components such as the heating or cooling system require additional research on the inspector’s behalf. Inspectors should have the most up to date and reliable sources when it comes to the information they’re providing to their clients.

Carson Dunlop understands these needs; especially as this information can be used to make critical repair or replacement decisions. We have recently updated our Technical Reference Guide to reflect these requirements. The Technical Reference Guide helps determine the size and age of hundreds of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. The 2012 paperback version features the most current information on the age and capacity of furnaces, boilers, air conditioners and water heaters. The manufacturers are listed alphabetically to allow for easy access to important information. 


In addition to the updated paperback version, the Technical Reference Guide is now available as an e-Book. The new e-Book offers: 

  • A simple and quick way to access information on any computer, smart phone or tablet.
  • A built-in search feature that allows inspectors to search manufacturers, make and model information easier and faster than ever before.
  • Updated contact information and links to manufacturers for even more convenient access to supplementary information.

Information is also included on sizing heating and cooling equipment, typical life expectancies of equipment, cooling load figures for commercial equipment, and outdoor air requirements for ventilation. Conversion factors and formulas for thermal resistance, heating, water and electrical units are also provided.

Created and used by Carson Dunlop and Carson Dunlop Weldon’s own residential and commercial inspectors, the new Technical Reference Guide can become an indispensable part of your toolkit that clients will certainly appreciate. Want to learn more or purchase a copy? Visit our online store.

Topics: Home Inspection, Carson Dunlop, Commercial Inspection, Technical Reference Guide