Professional and competent home inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all commonly found home

systems. These systems generally include:

Other Systems
Additional fees can apply to inspect these systems: Septic System Testing Swimming Pool/Spa Water Quality Testing Well Testing

Special Inspection Services
Additional fees usually apply for these inspection services: Mold Sampling/Survey Radon Testing EIFS/Synthetic Stucco Asbestos Pests/Wood Destroying Organisms Carbon Monoxide (CO) Testing Septic System Testing Lead Testing

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Structural Components: Foundations, floors and walls. Exterior Components: Siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc. Roofing: Coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc. Plumbing: Piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems, etc. Electrical: Wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles, etc. Heating: Equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys, etc. Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps: Cooling and air-handling equipment, controls and ducting, etc. Interior: Partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows, etc. Insulation and Ventilation: Attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms, etc.

Home inspectors should present the customer with a clearly written or typed home inspection report, which must conform to the accepted standards of practice for the state the inspection is performed in or the standards of practice of the association that the home inspector belongs to or.

Professionally trained home inspectors assist in maintaining the health of your home and a property inspection makes home maintenance easy by catching small problems before they become big surprises. Other Types of Inspections
There are many other types of property inspections offered by home inspectors, depending on your needs: Pre-Listing Inspections Pre-Purchase Inspections New Construction Inspections HUD/FHA Inspections Multiunit Inspections Annual Maintenance Checkup

In just a few hours you'll have a detailed report of the condition of your home so that you can plan for needed repairs and upgrades when it’s time to make them. When purchasing a home, many home buyers have saved literally thousands of dollars through information provided by the home inspector. Home owners who have owned their homes for several years can even benefit from a home inspector's knowledge of maintenance and repairs, and experience to avert potential problems. In many areas where disasters have occurred, homeowners have relied on inspectors to help them identify any damage resulting from storms, earthquakes, etc.

Kaplan Professional Schools - The leader in home inspection training since 1987. Offers educational and other resources for home inspectors and additional information about the home inspection industry. American Society of Home Inspectors - The largest and oldest not-for-profit professional association created in 1976 to establish and advocate high Standards of Practice and a strict Code of Ethics for it's member community. National Association of Home Inspectors - An independent organization established in 1987 to promote professional standards and continuing education in the Home Inspection industry. National Association of Certifed Home Inspectors - One of the fastest growing home inspector associations in the world, NACHI is an independent organization promoting professional standards and continuing education in the Home Inspection industry. California Real Estate Inspection Association - A voluntary, nonprofit public benefit organization of real estate inspectors, founded in 1976, providing education and support services to its members and the real estate community. Kaplan Real Estate Schools Maximize your chance for success as a real estate Salesperson with Kaplan.

REALTOR.COM - Large real estate database of homes for sale and other real estate information. Yahoo! Real Estate - Find listings and information to help you buy, build, sell, finance, move, and improve your home. Homeideas.com - Research tool for your home improvement projects. DoItYourself.com - A vast collection of home improvement resources. Buying-New-Home.com - Free first time homebuyer course! Code Check - The Code Check Series are condensed flipchart guides to the most commonly cited code violations encountered by building inspectors, emphasizing the central life-safety principles that underlie building codes throughout the United States. Landlord Association.Org - Providing News, Information, Advice, and Management Solutions for Landlords, Real Estate Investors, Property Owners and Managers. Homeinspection.com is a free public resource provided by Kaplan Professional Schools, the Leader in Home Inspection Training since 1987.

Getting Started in the Home Inspection Profession
1 Day - 6 hours
Only $89. Save up to $125 when you register for our Fast Track or Enhanced course during this course!*
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This 6-hour introductory home inspector training class will provide attendees a basic overview of the home inspection profession. Upon completion of this class students will have a general overall knowledge of the history of the home inspection business as well as an understanding of the scope of a residential home inspection. This is the perfect introductory home inspector training course if you are considering starting a home inspection business. When you are ready to further your home inspector education your course fee can be applied to one of our comprehensive home inspection classes including our Fast Track, Enhanced, and National Online Home Inspection course.

* $89 fee applied to future Fast Track, Enhanced, or National Online Home Inspection course registration, or sign up during your Getting Started class and get a $125 discount applied to Fast Track or Enhanced class registration!

Learning Objectives
• • • • • • Establishing a home inspection business Home inspection History Scope of a residential home inspection, including inclusions, limitations, and exclusions The home inspector's role in a real estate transaction Tools necessary for the inspector Overview of the business including, telephone inquiry, booking an inspection, presentation of the inspection, report delivery, payment/pricing, and business opportunities. Report writing - meeting standards, reporting style options (Matrix Advantage or InspectNOW Software) and typical items viewed during a home inspection. Avoid the hassles of traffic and reduce the time and expense involved when increasing your knowledge and obtaining continuing education credits. Kaplan Professional Schools is proud to present our Online Classroom! With this new and innovative approach to education you can sit in the comfort of your own home and attend class! Each class is organized into 2-hour segments (between 4 and 12 total segments per class). These comprehensive pre-recorded classes are held online and available when you are! With our Online Classroom your education doesn't need to wait; your time is your own again! A certificate of completion is provided within two business days after the course is completed. Please review the System Requirements to ensure compatibility with your computer. For information on online course CE credit approval for your state licensing board or home inspector association see the course approvals section. Welcome to the next level in Home Inspection education. Welcome to the Online Classroom!



• Online Home Inspection Classes: • More online classes are coming soon!

Online Classroom
The classroom that’s available whenever you are!

Avoid the hassles of traffic and reduce the time and expense involved when increasing your knowledge and obtaining continuing education credits. Kaplan Professional Schools is proud to present our Online Classroom! With this new and innovative approach to education you can sit in the comfort of your own home and attend class! Each class is organized into 2-hour segments (between 4 and 12 total segments per class). These comprehensive pre-recorded classes are held online and available when you are! With our Online Classroom your education doesn't need to wait; your time is your own again! A certificate of completion is provided within two business days after the course is completed. Please review the System Requirements to ensure compatibility with your computer. For information on online course CE credit approval for your state licensing board or home inspector association see the course approvals section. Welcome to the next level in Home Inspection education. Welcome to the Online Classroom!


• Online Home Inspection Classes: • More online classes are coming soon!

Electrical Inspection Course HVAC Inspection Course Interior Inspection Course Plumbing Inspection Course Pool & Spa Inspection Course Structure Inspection Course 8 hours (4 class segments) 16 hours (8 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments)

Roof Inspection Course

8 hours (4 class segments)

• More online classes are coming soon!

Appliance Inspection Course Commercial Inspection Course Exterior Inspection Course HUD/FHA Inspection Course Manufactured Home Inspection Course Marketing Course Mold Survey & Sampling Course New Construction Inspection Course Report Writing Course Includes 10 Matrix Advantage Reports 4 hours (2 class segments) 24 hours (12 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments) 4 hours (2 class segments) 16 hours (8 class segments) 24 hours (12 class segments) 8 hours (4 class segments)

Commercial Inspection
3 Days - 24 hours*
Only $699
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Kaplan's Commercial Inspection course is taught by experienced commercial property inspectors in a three day seminar format and is open to all inspectors looking to enhance their expertise. Multistory office buildings, strip shopping centers, apartment complexes, industrial warehouses, and many other types of commercial properties are purchased by investors who need quality inspections and information. The commercial inspection business may be the opportunity you are looking for. Using your already developed skills and our method for

completing a commercial inspection, a whole new world of business becomes available. A few bold inspectors are venturing into this arena and finding it lucrative and uncrowded.

Kaplan's Commercial Inspection course provides guidelines and actual skills necessary to perform a pre-purchase inspection and prepare a written, narrative report on a commercial property. It gives you the confidence and skills you need to get started in the commercial inspection market. The course details the "Team Approach," which can be utilized, even by the smallest of companies. This course also outlines procedures and methods employed by the "Team Captain" using consultants for large and complicated commercial properties. Kaplan has designed this course to teach the business of commercial inspecting, including general theory and practical applications of running a successful business, as well as insights into marketing and advertising. This relatively unexploited area of the inspection industry is sure to grow in the future. Upgrade today and join a small but growing number of in-high-demand commercial inspectors. This course provides an in-depth text book which includes sample reports. The ASTM E-2018-01 Commercial Standards are provided and discussed during the course.

Study with the best...Kaplan...Your success is our business!
Commercial Inspection Course Outline Day 1 Module A-Brief History of the Industry In order to know where we are and were we are going, it's important to know how we got here. This course reveals important aspects about the evolution of the profession. Module B-Entering the Commercial Inspection Business It takes desire, knowledge, and a proven business system to be successful in this profession. This course provides the tools! Module C-Addressing Key Issues • • • • • Business and Personal Objectives Qualifications and Resources Commercial vs. Residential Choosing your Market A Good Business Plan

Module D-The Commercial Client Sophisticated; businesslike; professional. The Commercial client is easier to deal with than the residential client, or are they? The Commercial client is also intelligent, cunning, a shrewd communicator and negotiator-be prepared! • Client Needs

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Expectations Value Perceived Scope of Services Proposals, Contracts Written Report (value perceived for fee paid)

Module E-Selling a Commercial Inspection The ability to sell this unique product requires special skills, which the course will cover. These skills are critical to your success in the Commercial Inspection Business • • • • • Policy (image, quality, and scope of services offered) Source of Leads Taking an Order (telephone, bid, requests, and more) Pricing a Job (cost of sales + overhead and profit) Proposals and Contracts

Module F-Inspection Procedures using the "Team Approach" It took the course creator 27 years and 50,000 reports to develop this method. You will have basic knowledge necessary to use the method at completion of this course. • • • • • Day 2 Module G-Basic Building Components-descriptions, problem identification (an overview) Although the course is not intended to provide the technical knowledge necessary to inspect all aspects of each major component, the course does provide the guidelines for defining components and identifying problems of each using fee paid consultants. The Team-Captains, Employees, Consultants Pre-Inspection Interviews, Maintenance and Management The Inspection Checklist Data Collection, Compilation Methods Coordinating Consultants and Others


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Sitework Building Exterior Roof Structure Foundation Building Interior HVAC Electrical Plumbing Elevators and Other Components

Module H-Commercial Reports The completed, narrative report, customized to a specific client, should be a work of art,

effectively articulating the subject property. Repeat business is contingent upon your image. Poorly prepared reports can come back to haunt you! • • • • • • The Basic Function (what it is, isn't) Style-effective written communication Semantics (as a legal document) Components-Cover letter, Introduction Summary, Body, Disclaimer, Appendix Major Repair Cost Estimating

Module I-Course Summary-Marketing This course will outline the marketing steps necessary to begin a commercial inspection business today. • • • Day 3 Module J - Commercial Electrical Markets Defined Methods of Marketing Today-What's Hot and What's Not

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Typical voltages encountered with single and three phase Delta and Y connected systems, three and four wire Services Transformers Working clearances, dedicated space and egress Wiring methods Grounding and GFPE equipment Suspended ceilings Examples from many commercial inspections

Preparation We recommend that the student meet at least one of the following requirements before taking this course: • • Completion of Kaplan's home inspection course Experience in performing home inspections A license in engineering, architecture, or contracting
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* Not approved by IL DBRE

Residential Energy Inspections with Home Tune-uP® Course
2 Days - 16 hours
Only $299
Register Online

Residential Energy Inspections with Home Tune-uP provides two full days of classroom and in-the-field training that offers the only energy inspection system specifically designed for home inspectors. This 16 hour course will cover essential energy information to include the basic heat loss and heat gain principles, in addition to other key fundamental energy concepts. Students will learn how to collect data and enter it into a web-based system to produce comprehensive energy reports. The report will provide the home inspection client energy saving information that they need in order to lower their energy bill while improving comfort. Once trained and certified, inspectors can offer this beneficial service that is attractive to both home owners and prospective home buyers.

How to Get Started… Take a class
Kaplan Professional Schools in partnership with CMC Energy are excited to present Home Energy Tune-uP® training nationwide. Our training consists of a two full days; twelve hours of classroom training and 4 hours in-the-field, with a trained energy instructor for hands-on, audited training. In order to become a trained energy inspector students must be a qualified home inspector or have a technical background in building/home construction technology.

Complete Your Practice Inspections
Upon completing the training course, CMC Energy requires that inspectors complete 2 FREE practice inspections. These practice inspections can be performed on the student’s home, or the home of friends or relatives. Once entered into the Tune-uP software, a member of our staff will review the inspections and notify of the inspector of the successful completion of the training program.

Perform the Tune-uP System to perform Energy Inspections
One the inspector has successfully completed 2 practice energy inspections the inspector can now offer this beneficial service to clients. Each Home Energy Tune-uP® inspection must be entered it into CMC Energy’s web-based program for a small fee, currently $20. (We encourage inspectors to set their energy inspection fees to cover this cost.) The energy report is generated as soon as the inspector has completed entering data, there is no delay or waiting for results. As a certified Home Energy Tune-uP® inspector, CMC Energy will list the inspector and company on our website, including a link to your company website.

Energy Inspector Certification Requirements
CMC Energy Services will certify students as an energy inspector when the following criteria have been met:

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All paperwork has been completed and returned to complete the required setup with CMC Energy A signed contract is on file with CMC Energy 2 practice inspections have been entered, reviewed and approved by CMC Energy List the inspector as certified on our web site listing List the inspector on Contractors.com as a Certified Energy Inspector Refer inquiries to the certified inspector within their direct service area

Upon meeting each of these requirements CMC Energy will:

Include the certified inspector in any CMC Energy advertising campaigns in their service area

Register Online or call 1-888-323-9235.
Continuing education credits are available from all the major associations and many state associations. ( 6 MRCs with ASHI / 8 CEUs with NAHI / 8 CEUs with TAREI / 8 CECs with CREIA / 6 hours with FABI / 8 credits with NACHI).

Manufactured and Modular Home Inspection
1 Days - 7 hours*
Only $169
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The need for qualified manufactured home inspectors is on the rise in this growing industry and you can fill that need. Seize this opportunity and expand your business. This unique “niche” market opportunity is expected to expand to meet national housing market requirements. As the price of traditional site built homes rise across the country, so does the need for more affordable manufactured housing. In January 2006 alone nearly 12,000 manufactured homes were shipped from HUD certified manufacturers and the production numbers are expected to increase. Single wide to triple wide, these unique, high quality homes are becoming the norm, not the exception. These home owners are educated and savvy. Some homes are now selling for over a million dollars in select locations. Don’t miss out on this exciting inspection market. *Approved for 6 hours in Illinois. "I wanted to thank you for the Manufactured Homes Course. It was eye opening, informative and I feel I took some knowledge back with me. It's truly a pleasure to learn from professionals such as yourself. I will highly recommend Kaplan to some of the guys I know in the business. Probably will be signing up for your Mold class and the Fast Track class you described." Steve Dukette "James, thank you for teaching the Manufactured Home course this past weekend. I found it very informative and helpful. I am looking forward to my first mobile home inspection. I feel you are a wealth of information and look forward to taking classes with you in the future." Steve Sanders, Reliable Building Inspection Services, Inc.

Course Outline
Course Description: This one-day course covers the different aspects of mobile and manufactured housing, including regulations for electrical, gas, water and sewer hookups in the mobile home park. Students learn about setbacks for porches, carports and driveways, as well as the methods used by various manufacturers for installation of water heaters,

furnaces and electrical panels as well as structural frame support systems. Course training includes U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations as it pertains to the construction of Manufactured home. Goal: Upon completion of this class students will be able to perform an inspection and write an inspection report on a Manufactured/Mobile home including its systems and components. Learning Objectives - Upon completion of the course students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of: 1. Nomenclature specific to manufactured and mobile home inspections. 2. Structural components and proper installation practices for manufactured housing and mobile homes. 3. Code authoring, code compliance, city and park requirements. 4. Inspection report writing and communication. 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Introduction and History of Manufactured Homes HUD title 24 Local governing jurisdictions History - and important dates to remember Personal Property or Real Property Break - 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon Roofing, and drainage Electrical requirements Plumbing requirements HVAC requirements Under-floors conditions including skirting and access requirements Lunch - 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ingress and Egress requirement, including landings, stairs, and handrails. Cabana additions and armadas Carports and awnings Setback requirements Ancillary building requirements (Sheds, etc.)

Break - 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • • Foundations including permanent Footings, distribution pads, and pier systems Anchor piers and tiedowns Oversize pier requirements Review and Q&A


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Quiz - Manufactured Homes

New Construction Inspection
3 Days - 24 hours*
Only $749
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Kaplan’s New Construction class brings the building codes to life. This three-day class is packed with information. It is organized on Code Check 4th edition – the field guide to combination inspection. There are hundreds of examples of every stage in construction of a house. This class is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the components and systems of a house, and especially for those planning to take their building code certification exams. The information in this class can open many business possibilities for inspectors, including pre-drywall inspections for buyers, draw inspections for lenders, warranty inspections, or municipal inspections.

The class is organized around the sequence of construction of a home. Different segments of the class cover planning, foundations, rough framing, steel framing, roof and ceiling construction, exterior wall coverings, flashing, roofing, fireblocking, rough plumbing, rough electrical, rough mechanical, interior wall coverings, and final plumbing, mechanical, and electrical. Also included are nonstructural issues such as safety glazing, stair construction,

guardrails, light, insulation, and ventilation. Students are provided with the latest editions of Code Check and Code Check Building, as well as New Construction Inspection, and a sample set of Kaplan’s pre-drywall inspection forms.

Day 1
• • • • • • • Basics of new construction inspection. Contracts, types of phase inspections, local jurisdiction issues. Fundamentals of reading construction documents and specifications. New construction nomenclature. Data gathering, site conditions, report writing. Site expectations. Working with subcontractors. Review of hundreds of photos of typical site conditions and reporting.


Day 2
Fundamentals of the Residential Building portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Building Code including footings, foundations, masonry, framing. Fundamentals of the Residential Building portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Building Code including roof framing, sheathing, egress, decks and stairs, glazing, exterior cladding, interior walls, fireplaces and pools barriers. Fundamentals of the Residential Plumbing portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code including pipes in trenches, sewage ejectors, drains and vents. Fundamentals of the Residential Plumbing portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code including water distribution, fixtures, and gas piping.

Day 3
• Fundamentals of the Residential Mechanical portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes including water heaters, forced air furnaces, ducts and combustion air. Fundamentals of the Residential Mechanical portions of the International Residential Code and the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes including flues and venting, wall and floor furnaces and gas appliances. Fundamentals of the Residential Electrical portions of the International Residential Code and the National Electrical Code including sizing conductors (ampacities), electrical current flow, services, grounding systems and panel boards. Fundamentals of the Residential Electrical portions of the International Residential Code and the National Electrical Code including cable and conduit systems, circuits, boxes, fixtures and devices, old wiring and spa and pool wiring.

*Approved for 12 hours in Illinois
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Course Outline
The Scope of the Inspection
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Introductions A general overview of the business The home inspector's role in a real estate transaction Business opportunities and marketing Break - 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. The history of the home inspection industry Researching the Business Meeting the industry standards Basic tools for a home inspection Lunch - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Home Inspection Business
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sample report provided and reviewed Presentation of the inspection Telephone and Booking an inspection Break - 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Logical path of a home inspection

Course Materials
Matrix Advantage Reporting System Sample Resource Guide Printout of PowerPoint presentation Register Online or Call 1-888-323-9235.

•Commercial Inspection

•Energy Inspection

•Exam Prep

Pool & Spa Inspection A Kaplan ITA "Learn to Earn" Event
1 Days - 8 hours Approved for CE Credit* Only $169
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•Manufactured Home Inspection

•Mold Sampling / Survey

•New Construction Inspection

•Online Classes

Maximize your revenues by adding Pool and Spa Inspections to your other professional service offerings. Kaplan’s Experienced Inspector/Instructors will demystify the sometimes complex and often misunderstood world of Pool and Spa Inspection in this comprehensive 8 hour class; helping you to $make$ the most of every Home Inspection opportunity. Greetings, I attended your latest pool training course. Great job on the part of the instructor and the facilities! Attending was well worth the time and expense involved. Thank you for providing your great services! John W. Badger * Approved for 6 hours in Illinois.

•Pool & Spa Inspection

•Radon Testing

•Claims Adjuster

•Report Writing

•Inspection Expo

Report Writing
1 Day - 8 hours*
Only $199
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Learn how to create effective inspection reports using our Matrix Advantage report writing system. Effective report writing reduces an inspector's liability, and documents the conditions of the property's various systems and components, while providing the client with valuable information and direction. This course bridges the gap between the technical knowledge and quality report writing. Learn from experienced inspectors how to phrase your comments in a manner that enhances your professionalism while avoiding the common mistakes they made early in their careers. You'll finish up with a virtual inspection and multiple exercises to build your defect recognition and reporting skills. Students will receive a Matrix Advantage Starter Kit with 10 ready to use inspection reports, included with the course. Retail value for these products alone is $179!

Goal
To increase each student's ability to generate effective and defensible home inspection reports.

Objectives
Upon completion of the course students will: 1. Be able to identify three fundamental components of a well-written home inspection report. 2. Be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of field generated vs. office generated reports. 3. Be able to identify and use appropriate report writing terminology and phraseology. 4. Know how to use the Matrix Advantage report writing system. 5. Have practiced using the Kaplan Matrix Advantage report writing system to identify and report on a number of real home inspection conditions.

Course Outline
1. Fundamentals of effective report writing 2. Review of the Matrix Advantage Report Writing System 3. Virtual Inspection 4. Reporting on Specific Defects Why Create an Inspection Report? • National and State Standards of Practice • Required to create a written report • Set Expectations for Client • Reduce your liability • Build rapport with client, agents and sellers • Create a successful business Choose Your Words Carefully • Write what you say, say what you write • Stupid vs. Unconventional • Avoid the "Code" word • Age vs. Expected Lifespan • Create a dialog between buyer and seller • Don't assign responsibility Three Key Components of Effective Report Writing • Clear • Concise • Directive Advantages of Matrix Advantage Report System • Field generated report, on-site delivery to all parties • Client sees how extensive the report is • Controls exposure • Helps with sales • Ease of use • Tabs

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One notebook MA Matrix with Classification folder NCR forms No expensive and bulky computer, printer, etc. No power, no problem - "I always have another pen." Concerned about your handwriting, follow-up with a typed report, software reporting systems • Short learning curve Review of Tabs and Report Pages of the Matrix Advantage • Technical Overview • Illustrations whenever possible • Pictures to I.D. specific conditions • Systematically complete the respective report sections Role Play • Consumers overview of the MA system • Review the contract & fees • Not all news is bad news, data capture vs. defects • "Appears Serviceable" • Set expectations, identify roles • Control the inspection • Build Rapport and Confidence Virtual Inspection • Following the logical path of a home inspection • Using pictures to identify conditions with a specific property then reviewing how those conditions would be included in the report. Multiple Conditions with completed form • Brief discussion of condition

Materials
• Matrix Advantage Starter Kit Register Online or Call 1-888-323-9235. * Approved for 8 CE hours by most states and organizations.