Inspection Training

“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – Duplicating Sections

Welcome to “In The Field” with Jim Hardin, where you can learn about real situations that happened out in the field during a home inspection. This will be a great resource for both new and experienced inspectors to learn about a wide variety of different obstacles that a home inspector could experience while out in the field performing a home inspection. Jim will cover it all… From tough agents to naive clients to difficult defects to angry seller’s. Every week Jim will share an experience that he personally had to deal with while performing a home inspection in order to help educate other inspector’s when they come across the same situations. Please review his next post below:


When do I include two of the same components in one section?

There are only a few components that I may decide to include in one section. Those are water heaters, AC condensers, furnaces and electrical boxes. There are certain conditions that may make this acceptable.

Here are my conditions:

  • They have to be next to each other.
  • They have to be the same manufacturer, model and age.
  • I take all the photos from left to right, or if marked, unit one and than unit two.
  • If I have a defect on one unit and not the other one, I always designate which unit it is. For example, there is corrosion on the left water heater’s supply pipe.

This may save you a little overall time with your inspection. It is important to remember to duplicate any component if there are any differences with the units.

Good Inspecting and Be Safe.

Jim Hardin is a certified home inspector through InterNACHI and was part of the very first Axium Academy class that took place back in January of 2016. He started working for Axium Inspections in March of 2016. Since that time, Jim has performed over 1,000 home inspections by averaging around 55 inspections per month. This high volume of home inspections has turned Jim into one of the most requested inspector’s with the company in a very short period of time and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Prior to working for Axium Inspections Jim worked in the Appraisal and Roofing industries.