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“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – How to Prepare for your Day

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:


Here is how I prepare for my next day of home inspections. First, I check the schedule several times during the day so I will have a pretty good sense of the inspections I’ll be doing tomorrow. It’s time to think about gas. I know which way I’ll be heading to my first inspection. Is it better to fill now in the evening or in the morning. I have about 4 different service stations that I like to go to, depending on the direction I’m heading. I like to fill in the morning when possible.

Now, I’ll check the schedule and copy the first inspection of the day. Then, I’ll map it to see how long it will take me. I think about the traffic I’ll be meeting on the way to my first inspection. I calculate the appropriate time it will take me, with filling gas and possible traffic. I’ll add 1/2 hour as a buffer just to be safe.

Next, I’ll google the address of my first inspection. I like to look at the Redfin or Coldwell Banker’s listings as they are a little more detailed. I’ll check the address, the square footage, bathrooms and of course the photos. I’ll do this with every inspection that I have scheduled for the next day so I can get a good idea of what I will be inspecting.

Then, I’ll check the rest of my schedule to make sure that I can get from one inspection to the next one. In a couple of days, I may have a large home in Broomfield at 8:00 and  another inspection in Parker at 12pm noon. That’s probably not going to work. I’ll e-mail my Admin department and let them know so they can make the necessary adjustments to the schedule. The office is always great with helping with the schedule. I’ll also check times for any inspections that I may have to take water samples to the lab.

In the morning, I’ll check the schedule again first thing because things can always cancel or get rescheduled. Now is when I’ll fill out my agreements. Just go to the schedule and fill out as much information as you can, then click on contacts and fill in the client and BA’s information. I’ll usually fill in the inspection ID at the inspection. This way, I’ll know if I’ll be collecting for Radon, sewer scope, etc.

The first thing I do after each inspection is check the schedule. Sometimes the schedule may change or Admin may have added another inspection that I need to accept. If you are constantly checking the schedule it will make your day much easier when you are out in the field.

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.


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